Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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 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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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).

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.

Tasmanian Museum, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Memorial at Hobert, Tasmania to the officers and men of  HMS ‘Orpheus’ wrecked in 1863

Location

Tasmanian Museum, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / COMMODORE W.F. BURNETT, R.N., C.B. / COMMANDER R.H. BURTON/W.F.W. MUDGE, A. JEKYLL, LIEUTENANTS / W.D. STRONG, MASTER / C.B. HASLEWOOD CHAPLAIN, S. STEPHENS, CHIEF ENGINEER / E.E. HILL, 1ST LIEUTENANT R.M.A., J. CLARKSON, ASSISTANT ACTING SECOND MASTER / W.H.P. GILHAM, ASSISTANT PAYMASTER AND SECRETARY/W.T. TAYLOR, ACTING SECOND MASTER / A.D. JOHNSTONE, ASSISTANT PAYMASTER, H.N. AYLEN, CLERK, / A.R. MALLACK,T.H. BROUGHTON AND G.H. VERNER / MIDSHIPMAN / J.T. TOZER, MASTER'S ASSISTANT, J. H. ADAMS, ENGINEER / J. VICKERY, E.J. MILLER, W. ADAMSON AND G.F. GOSSAGE / ASSISTANT ENGINEERS / AND ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN PETTY OFFICERS / SEAMEN AND MARINES, WHO PERISHED IN THE WRECK / OF H.M.S. ORPHEUS ON MANUKAU BAR, NEW ZEALAND / ON THE 7TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1863. / THE INHABITANTS OF HOBART TOWN HAVE ERECTED THIS TABLET / TO COMMEMORATE THE HEROIC CONDUCT OF ALL ON BOARD / WHO UNDER THE MOST APPALLING CIRCUMSTANCES / PRESERVED THE STRICTEST DISCIPLINE / TO THE LAST MOMENT OF THEIR LIVES / WHEN THE SHIP BREAKING UP / THE CREW GAVE THREE PARTING CHEERS / AND THE LAST WORDS UTTERED BY THE GALLANT COMMODORE WERE / "THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL"'

Details

Description: Naval trophies above the inscription.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Orpheus

People

Adams, J. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Adamson, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Aylen, H. N.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk
Organisation: Royal Navy
Broughton, T. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burnett, W. F.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commodore RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burton, R. F.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Clarkson, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gilham, W. H. P.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Paymaster and secretary
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gossage, G. F.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Haslewood, Charles B.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chaplain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hill, E. E.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Lieutenant RMA
Organisation: Royal Marine Artillery
Jekyll, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Johnstone, A. D.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Paymaster
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mallack, A. R.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Miller, E. J.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mudge, W. F. W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Stephens, S.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Strong, W. D.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Taylor, W. T.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Acting 2nd Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tozer, J. T.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master's assistant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Verner, G. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Vickery, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Formerly in the Mariners' Church.
Bibliography: Roy M. Hetherington 'The wreck of HMS Orpheus-New Zealand's Worst sea disaster' (Auckland, 1968).

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Henry Sherman d. 1895

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Henry Sherman aged 48 Lost in the smack "Neddy Campbell" In the North Sea December 1895'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Neddy Campbell

People

Sherman, Henry
Age: 48
Date of Death: 12/1895
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Neddy Campbell' of Grimsby, missing presumed lost, 5 December 1895.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Walter Ernest Pittick d. 1940

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Walter Ernest Pittick aged 62. Lost with H.M.Y. 'Campeador V' by enemy action 22 June 1940'.

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: HMY Campeador V

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Pittick, Walter Ernest
Age: 62
Date of Death: 22/6/1940
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation: Auxiliary Patrol Service

Extra

Notes: HMY 'Campeador V' mined and sunk off Portsmouth 22 June 1940.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 28; Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon commemorating four members of the crew of the ‘Eleanor Woodburn’ that were found washed ashore in 1867

Location

All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, Devon, England

Details

Vessel: Eleanor Woodburn

Extra

Notes: To four of crew washed ashore and buried on the 22nd October believed to be John Eccles, the master, aged 48, Richard Eccles, his son aged 20, John Gawith aged 24 years and Thomas Cooseham aged 18. The body of James Edmanson aged 26 was not found.
Bibliography: 'Lloyd's List' 15/10/1867, 18/10/1867, 21/10/1867. 'Eleanor Woodburn' of Barrow in Furness.

St Nicholas's Church, Bulwick, Northamptonshire, England

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Memorial at Bulwick to Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon d. 1893 in HMS ‘Victoria’

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Bulwick, Northamptonshire, England

Transcript

[Above] VICE ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE TRYON K.C.B. / 3RD SON OF THOMAS TRYON BORN JANUARY 4TH 1832' [Below] ‘A MAN OF GREAT ENERGY, ZEAL AND RESOURCE. WHO EARNED A / WORLD-WIDE REPUTATION AS SEAMAN, STRATEGIST AND TACTICIAN. / HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE TRENCHES BEFORE SEBASTOPOL, DIRECTOR / OF NAVAL TRANSPORTS ABYSSINIAN WAR, COMMANDER IN CHIEF / ON THE AUSTRALIAN AND FINALLY THE MEDITERRANEAN STATION, / WHERE HE DIED HEROICALLY AT HIS POST WHEN H.M.S. VICTORIA / SANK JUNE 22 1893. MUCH LOVED AND DEEPLY MOURNED'

Details

Description: Wall tablet in an Elizabethan style. A relief portrait of Tryon within an architectural frame. Above, a coat of arms with strap work flanked by two naval crowns. A foul anchor in relief on the apron below.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Stone
Vessel: HMS Victoria

People

Tryon, George
Age:
Date of Death: 22/6/1893
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Victoria' sunk in collision with HMS 'Camperdown'.
Photographer: Dr Jean Wilson