Category Archives: Vessel Loss

South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England

Memorial on the South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire commemorating the crew of the lifeboat ‘Laura Janet’ who died in 1886  attempting to rescue the crew of the ‘Mexico’

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Location

South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / IN MEMORY OF / WILLIAM JOHNSON COXSWAIN / CHARLES TIMS SUB COXSWAIN / OLIVER HODSON BOWMAN / THOMAS BONNEY / JAMES BONNEY / NICHOLAS PARKINSON / JAMES M. DOBSON / JAMES JOHNSON / RICHARD FISHER / JOHN P. WIGNALL / THOMAS PARKINSON / JAMES HARRISON/REUBEN A. TIMS / THE CREW OF THE ST ANNES LIFEBOAT / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY A GALLANT ATTEMPT TO RESCUE THE CREW/OF THE GERMAN BARQUE MEXICO / WRECKED OFF SOUTHPORT ON THE NIGHT OF THE 9TH DECEMBER 1886.'

Details

Description: Lifeboatman standing on a rock.
Type: Memorial
Date Erected: 1887
Artists: William Birnie Rhind
Vessel: Laura Janet, Mexico

People

Bonney, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Bonney, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Dobson, James M.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Fisher, Richard
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Harrison, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Hodson, Oliver
Age: 39
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Johnson, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Johnson, James
Age: 45
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Parkinson, Nicholas
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Parkinson, Thomas
Age: 28
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Tims, Charles
Age: 43
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Tims, Reuben
Age: 30
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fish dealer
Organisation:
Wignall, John P.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:

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Notes: Commemorates the men of lifeboat 'Laura Janet' who were lost in an attempt to rescue the crew of the German barque 'Mexico'. The figure on the top, though intended to represent the whole crew, is supposed to have the features of the coxswain William Johnson. Signed 'W.B. RHIND. SC. EDINBURGH'.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 84; J.C. Dibden and John Ayling 'The Book of the Lifeboat' (Edinburgh and London, 1894) p. 18.

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet in Falmouth, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas Guppy. d. 1884

Location

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / THOMAS STOKES GUPPY, SUB-LIEUTENANT R.N. / AGED 22 YEARS / WHO WITH 49 OTHERS WAS DROWNED IN THE WRECK OF H.M. / GUNBOAT 'WASP', OFF TORY ISLAND N.W. COAST OF IRELAND / SEPTR 22ND 1884 / BURIED AT GLENCOLUMBKILLE C. DONEGAL / 'HE BRINGETH THEM UNTO THE HAVEN WHERE THEY WOULD BE.' PS. CVII. 30'

Details

Description: Plain plaque with canted corners.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Wasp

People

Guppy, Thomas Stokes
Age: 22
Date of Death: 22/09/1884
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, England

Memorial in the Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London commemorating Charles Melville Hays d. 1912 in the loss of the RMS ‘Titanic’

Location

Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / Charles Melville Hays / President of the Grand Trunk / And Grand Trunk Pacific Railway / Companies of Canada, Who Lost His Life on April 15th 1912, By the Foundering/in Mid-Atlantic, of the Steamship / 'TITANIC', through Collision With An / Iceberg, While on Her Maiden Voyage / From Southampton to New York / A memorial Service Was held in This / Church Simultaneously With One at / Montreal, On Thursday, April 25th 1912 / This Tablet With The kind Permission of The / Rector And Churchwardens, Was Placed Here / By the Directors Of the Grand Trunk Railway / Company of Canada, In Recognition of Mr Hays / Great Services To the Company, And of His / High Character in Public and Private Life'

Details

Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Hays, Charles Melville
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating Captain Christopher William Finlay d. 1845 in the loss of the ‘Calargui’

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Christopher William FINLAY. Captain of the ship Calargui who with 416 souls perished on the 4th August 1845 in the ill-fated vessel on her voyage to Fort Phillip with Emigrants'

Details

Vessel: Calargui

People

Finlay, Christopher William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1845
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 8, p. 593. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site.

St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire, England

Memorial at St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire commemorating Frederick Bates d. 1919

Location

St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN FREDERICK BATES / OF THE S.S. "MEROE". / COMMODORE OF THE / MOSS STEAMSHIP CO. LIVERPOOL / TORPEDOED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN / OCTOBER 29TH 1916, AND DIED AS / A RESULT OF SHELLSHOCK / FEBRUARY 17TH 1919. AGED 57 YEARS. / "I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, / I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH."

Details

Vessel: SS Meroe

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Bates, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 17/2/1919
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Moss Steamship Co

Extra

Notes: SS 'Meroe' sunk by 'U-63'.

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Plaque in Keverne, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas King d. 1898

Location

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'...In memory of Thomas Worthington King and his family all lost on the Mohegan October 14th 1898. Bell no 5 has been placed in the church by his brother William Neil King of Cincinatti Ohio USA'

Details

Type: Brass plaque
Vessel: Mohegan

People

King, Thomas Worthington
Age:
Date of Death: 14/10/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Joseph Willis d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'JOSEPH M WILLIS aged 18 lost in the Smack 'Pride' in the North Sea Dec 12 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Pride

People

Willis, Joseph W.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 12/12/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating William R. Burgess d. 1881 in the loss of the ‘St Mirren’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM R BURGESS, eldest son of William and Sarah A Burgess, who was lost at sea by the foundering of the ship 'St Mirren', on her voyage from Calcutta to Liverpool in the year 1881, aged 16 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: H479
Vessel: St Mirren

People

Burgess, William R.
Age: 16
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: Martin Davies, April 1985, Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Cross at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating Alfred Cooper d. 1907

Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'In Loving Memory / of / ALFRED / THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF / E, COOPER / WHO LOST HIS LIFE ON THE S.S. BERLIN / FEBRUARY 21ST 1907 / AGED 40 YEARS'

Details

Description: Stone cross with a base of two steps. Inscription in lead letters.
Type: Cross
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Cooper, Alfred
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Cabin Steward
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

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Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Sydney Butler James d. 1917 in the loss of the SS ‘Rosario’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Florence Singleton / the dearly beloved daughter of / David and Frances James / who died Aug 21st 1908 / in her 19th year / Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God / Also of their beloved sons / Sydney Butler James / who lost his life by enemy action on SS Rosario / Aug 18th 1917 aged 29 /And David Robert, eldest son / who fell asleep June 28th 1924, aged 41 / Also of their beloved parents David and Frances Jane James.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Rosario

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

James, Sydney Butler
Age: 29
Date of Death: 18/8/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: SS 'Rosario'sunk by U-boat in the Atlantic, only one survivor.