Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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

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

Tasmanian Museum, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Rest of the World

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

Location

Tasmanian Museum, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Rest of the World

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

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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, 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

St Peter's Church, Mevagissey, Cornwall, England

Tomb in Mevagissey, Cornwall dedicated to George Johns d. 1866

Location

St Peter's Church, Mevagissey, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'GEORGE JOHNS beloved son of JAMES and ELIZA JOHNS who was drowned on his passage from SHANGHAI to NEW YORK April 1st 1866 Aged 19.'

Details

Type: Table tomb
Position: Churchyard

People

Johns, George
Age: 19
Date of Death: 1/4/1866
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St Mary's Church, Portchester, Hampshire, England

Memorial in St Mary’s Church, Portchester, Hampshire commemorating Philip David Maxwell d. 1881

Location

St Mary's Church, Portchester, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Phillip David Maxwell RN died at the retreat Porchester Oct 16 1881 aged 61 and Henry Attwood son in law who was lost in HMS Wasp near Hong Kong about September 1887 aged 31 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Wasp

People

Attwood, Henry
Age: 31
Date of Death: 9/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Maxwell, Phillip David
Age: 61
Date of Death: 16/10/1881
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: David Saunders. 1991

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).

Potomac Parkway, Washington DC, USA, Rest of the World

Memorial in Washington DC, USA commemorating men lost in RMS ‘Titanic’ 1912

Location

Potomac Parkway, Washington DC, USA, Rest of the World

Transcript

'To the brave men who perished in the wreck of the Titanic, April 15, 1912. They gave their lives that women and children might be saved.'

Details

Description: A draped nude male figure with arms outstretched.
Type: Memorial
Date Erected: 1930
Artists: Gertrude Vanderbilt Witney
Vessel: RMS Titanic

Extra

Notes: Women's Titanic memorial.
Bibliography: John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas 'Titanic: a journey through time' (Yeovil, 1999). Clarice Stasz 'The Vanderbilt Women' (New York, 1991) p.210.

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Wall tablet in St Mary’s Church, Whitby commemorating Cornelius Usherwood d. 1798, Steward Usherwood d. 1790, John Usherwood d.  1814 in the wreck of the ‘Alliance’ of Whitby

Location

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / WILLIAM USHERWOOD/WHO DIED JANUARY 17TH 1831, AGED 92 YEARS / AND OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE; / WHO DIED JANUARY 20TH 1764, AGED 27 YEARS / LIKEWISE THEIR CHILDREN; VIZ / CORNELIUS, MASTER MARINER, DIED AT SAN DOMINGO, JUNE 30TH 1798, AGED 37 YEARS / WILLIAM AND NEWERY DIED IN INFANCY / ALSO OF ANN SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM USHERWOOD / WHO DIED NOVEMBER 1ST 1829 AGED 91 YEARS / AND OF THEIR CHILDREN VIZ / JOHN DIED MAY 7TH 1782 AGED 13 YEARS / STEWARD WAS LOST AT SEA APRIL 27TH 1790, AGED 17 YEARS / JOHN, MASTER MARINER WITH MOST OF HIS SHIP'S COMPANY WAS DROWNED ON HASBRO SAND / MARCH 1ST 1814 AGED 27 YEARS / GEORGE, SAMUEL AND GEORGE DIED IN INFANCY / AND ANN WIDOW OF DAVID ADAM, WHO DIED / SEPTEMBER 23RD 1857 / AGED 80 YEARS'

Details

Description: An urn in relief above the inscription tablet.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North side of nave
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Alliance

People

Usherwood, Cornelius
Age: 37
Date of Death: 30/6/1798
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation:
Usherwood, Steward
Age: 17
Date of Death: 27/4/1790
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Usherwood, John
Age: 27
Date of Death: 1/3/1814
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation:

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