Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Memorial at St Andrew’s Cathedral to the crew of the barque ‘Merlin’ of Sunderland, wrecked 1881

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Location

St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Transcript

'ERECTED / BY / THE PUBLIC OF ST ANDREWS / IN MEMORY OF / THE CREW OF THE BARQUE MERLIN / OF SUNDERLAND / WHICH WAS WRECKED AT ST ANDREWS / ON THE 5TH OF MARCH 1881. / THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF THE CREW / CAPT GRIFFITH LEWIS, AGED 41 YEARS / J.G. BROWN, AGED 28 YEARS / W. CARTY AGED 24 YEARS / BENJAMIN PITT AGED 64 YEARS / C. COULSON AGED 20 YEARS / JOHN NEAL AGED 26 YEARS / CUTHBERT DIXON AGED 24 YEARS / S. ROWE AGED 18 YEARS / CHARLES SWINNEY AGED 19 YEARS / R. HETHERINGTON AGED 19 YEARS / LYNN KLAAS POST AGED 39 YEARS'

Details

Description: Headstone with triangular top and elaborate pinnacle, as well as a Gothic influence in the design details, esp. around the 'shoulders'. Inscription incised, memorial painted in light grey.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Merlin

People

Brown, J. G.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Carty, W.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Coulson, C.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Dixon, Cuthbert
Age: 24
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hetherington, R.
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Lewis, Griffith
Age: 41
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Neal, John
Age: 26
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Pitt, Benjamin
Age: 64
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Post, Lynn Klaas
Age: 39
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
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Rowe, S.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Swinney, Charles
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/3/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
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Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating Charles Occleshead d. 1870 in the loss of the ‘City of Boston’

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Charles Occleshead, lost on steamship City of Boston which sailed from Halifax 28 Jan 1870'

Details

Vessel: SS City of Boston

People

Occleshead, Charles
Age: 29
Date of Death: 28/1/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Inman Line

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 8, p. 65. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site. The 'City of Boston' Inman Line, foundered on a voyage from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool. Occleashead was 4th Engineer on 'The City of Limerick' in 1869.

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Plaque dedicated to Frank Turner d. 1892 in St Nicholas Church, Bristol.

Location

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Frank Turner, aged 17 years / Apprentice on board the Bristol Barque / Payta / Which was lost on her voyage from Pisagua / July 1892 / Erected by his sorrowing parents'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Staircase
Materials: Brass
Vessel: Payta

People

Turner, Frank
Age: 17
Date of Death: 7/1892
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Removed to St Nicholas from The Missions to Seamen Institute in 1981.
Bibliography: Josephine Teague 'The Missions to Seamen Church and Institute Bristol'.

Cemetery, Woolwich, London, England

Cross at Woolwich Cemetery commemorating those lost in the ‘Princess Alice’ disaster 1878

Location

Cemetery, Woolwich, London, England

Details

Position: Churchyard
Materials: White marble
Vessel: Princess Alice

Extra

Notes: Passenger steamer 'Princess Alice' sank after collision with collier 'Bywell Castle' 3/9/1878. Of the 700 people estimated to be on board 550 drowned. 120 are buried at Woolwich. This cross was erected by a national sixpenny subscription to which more than 23, 000 persons contributed.
Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 283.

St Peter's Church, Petersfield, Hampshire, England

Brass in St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, Hampshire commemorating Commander Loftus Jones RN d. 1916

Location

St Peter's Church, Petersfield, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF / COMMANDER LOFTUS WILLIAM JONES / ROYAL NAVY, H.M.S. SHARK / KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND MAY 31st 1916 / BURIED AT FISKEBACKSKIE IN SWEDEN JUNE 24th 1916 / AWARDED THE POSTHUMOUS HONOUR OF THE VICTORIA CROSS / "IN RECOGNITION OF HIS MOST CONSPICUOUS BRAVERY AND / DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE COURSE OF THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND"/ Fear God - Honour the King'

Details

Description: Engraved with the badge of HMS 'Shark'. Inscription within a rope twist border.
Type: Brass
Position: Nave
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Shark

Event

Battle of Jutland 1916

Event Date

1916

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Jones, Loftus William
Age:
Date of Death: 31/5/1916
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 'Shark' under fire from both fleets. Although wounded twice (including the loss of a leg) he continued firing until 'Shark' sank. Another monument at Fisbakskil. War shrine in form of calvary on outside wall of church also dedicated to Jones.

St Giles's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Memorial in St Giles’s Cathedral, Edinburgh commemorating the officers and men of the 74th Highlanders d. 1852 in the wreck of the ‘Birkenhead’

Location

St Giles's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE / 74TH HIGHLANDERS. / (NOW THE 27TH BATN. HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY) WHO WERE KILLED OR MORTALLY WOUNDED IN THE VARIOUS ACTIONS IN / WHICH THE REGIMENT WAS ENGAGED... / ALSO OF LT. COL. ALEXR. SETON ENSIGN ALEXR C RUSSELL / AND 48 N.C.O. AND MEN OF THE REGT WHO WERE DROWNED AT THE / WRECK OF H.M.S. 'BIRKENHEAD' OFF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, / AFTER ALL THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON BOARD HAD BEEN / SAFELY LANDED IN THE SHIP'S BOATS / ERECTED BY SURVIVING COMRADES 1886'

Details

Description: Gothic architectural surround, flags above the inscription.
Type: Monument
Materials: Bronze?
Vessel: Birkenhead

People

Seton, Alexander
Age: 38
Date of Death: 26/2/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant Colonel
Organisation: British Army
Russell, Alexander Cumine
Age: 18
Date of Death: 26/2/1852
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Ensign
Organisation: British Army

Extra

Notes: Alexander Seton born 4/10/1814. Alexander C. Russell born 17/8/1833.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 141; A. C. Addison and W.H. Matthews 'A deathless story: or the Birkenhead and its Heroes' (London, 1906), p. 138 (illustration).

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Window at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth dockyard dedicated to Charles Dudley Ryder d. 1825 and Edward Dudley Ryder d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / CHARLES DUDLEY RYDER / SON OF HON. HENRY RYDER BISHOP / OF LICHFIELD & COVENTRY, MIDSHIPMAN / OF HMS NAIAD WHO WAS DROWNED / ON MAY 28 1825 OFF CIVITA VECCHIA / ALSO OF / EDWARD DUDLEY RYDER / SON OF LIEUT COL SPENCER CD RYDER / MIDSHIPMAN OF HMS CAPTAIN WHO / WAS DROWNED WHEN THAT VESSEL / FOUNDERED ON SEPTEMBER 7 1870 / OFF CAPE FINISTERRE. THIS / WINDOW IS PLACED HERE BY ADMIRAL / ALFD P RYDER BROTHER OF CHARLES / & UNCLE OF EDWARD DUDLEY RYDER'

Details

Description: Dedication on brass plaque.
Type: Window
Vessel: HMS Captain, HMS Naiad

People

Ryder, Charles Dudley
Age:
Date of Death: 28/5/1825
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Ryder, Edward Dudley
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating George Plummer d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'George I Plummer aged 15 Lost from the smack 'Gemini' off Dover November 11 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Gemini

People

Plummer, George I.
Age: 15
Date of Death: 11/11/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St Illtud's Church, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Memorial at St Illtud’s Church, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire commemorating casualties of the wreck of ‘La Jeune Emma’ in 1828 the ‘Brothers’ lost in 1835 and the ‘Pickering Dodge’ lost 1839

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Location

St Illtud's Church, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Transcript

'SACRED / to the memory of Lt. Col. COQUELIN / aged 45 Years / And ADELINE his daughter aged 12 Yr / Both natives of France / who lost their lives by the wreck of the / ship La Jeune Emma on Cefn sidon Sand / as they were returning home from MARTINIQUE / in the West Indies and were interred in this ground / on 25th Novr. 1828. / The above named Lady was Niece to Josephine, Consort / of that renowned Individual / NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE. / The captain CHACELOT DE CHATILLON, and five seamen / also perished in the same Shipwreck / and were buried near this place. / In Decr. 1835 was wrecked the ship Brothers of Liverpool / from BAHIA on Cefn sidon Sand which also caused the death / of five persons who are buried here. / In July 1839 the ship Pickering Dodge of Boston AMERICA / was driven on the same Sand by which several Seaman lost / their lives Thomas Sweet, Jacob Winter & Luther Goldwright / were buried in this ground. / For particulars see the Parish Registers'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Position: South wall
Materials: Slate
Vessel: La Jeune Emma, Pickering Dodge

People

Coquelin, Adeline
Age: 12
Date of Death: 11/1828
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Coquelin, Coquelin
Age: 45
Date of Death: 11/1828
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
de Chatillion, Chacelot
Age:
Date of Death: 11/1828
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Goldwright, Luther
Age:
Date of Death: 1839
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Sweet, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 7/1859
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Winters, Jacob
Age:
Date of Death: 1839
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:

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Church of St John the Evangelist, Farncombe, Surrey, England

Wall tablet in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Farncombe commemorating wireless operator John George Phillips d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

Church of St John the Evangelist, Farncombe, Surrey, England

Transcript

'In Memory of John George Phillips aged 26 years formerly a chorister in this church Chief Marconi Officer on RMS Titanic which sank at sea April 15th 1912. Faithful to his Duty to the Last'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: Wall north aisle
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Phillips, John George
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief wireless officer
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Notes: Also commemorated by cloister and lily pond in public gardens at Godalming.