Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Protestant burial ground, Rome, Italy

Gravestone in Protestant burial ground, Rome commemorating the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley d. 1822

Location

Protestant burial ground, Rome, Italy

Transcript

'PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY / COR CORDIUM / NATUS IV AUG MDCCXCII / OBIIT VIII JUL. MDCCCXXII / Nothing of him that doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Don Juan

People

Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Age:
Date of Death: 8/7/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Poet
Organisation:

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Notes: Poet, drowned in yachting accident.
Bibliography: Dr Garnet 'The Shelley Monuments', 'Illustrated London News' (May 21 1892) p. 627.

Western esplanade, Southampton, England

Drinking fountain at Western esplanade, Southampton commemorating Mary Anne Rogers, stewardess lost in the wreck of the SS ‘Stella’ 1899

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Location

Western esplanade, Southampton, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / THE HEROIC DEATH OF / MARY ANNE ROGERS / STEWARDESS OF THE 'STELLA' / WHO / ON THE NIGHT OF THE 30TH OF MARCH 1899, / AMID THE CONFUSION AND TERROR OF SHIPWRECK, / AIDED ALL THE WOMEN UNDER HER CHARGE / TO QUIT THE VESSEL IN SAFETY, / GIVING HER OWN LIFE-BELT TO ONE WHO WAS UNPROTECTED / URGED BY THE SAILORS TO MAKE SURE HER ESCAPE / SHE REFUSED, / LEST SHE MIGHT ENDANGER THE HEAVILY-LADEN BOAT, / CHEERING THE DEPARTING CREW / WITH THE FRIENDLY CRY OF 'GOOD-BYE, GOOD-BYE' / SHE WAS SEEN A FEW MOMENTS LATER AS THE 'STELLA' WENT DOWN, LIFTING HER ARMS UPWARD WITH THE PRAYER / 'LORD HAVE ME' / THEN SANK IN THE WATERS WITH THE SINKING SHIP / ACTIONS SUCH AS THESE REVEALING STEADFAST PERFORMANCE / OF DUTY IN THE FACE OF DEATH, READY SELF SACRIFICE FOR / THE SAKE OF OTHERS, RELIANCE ON GOD, CONSTITUTE THE / GLORIOUS HERITAGE OF OUR ENGLISH RACE, THEY / DESERVE PERPETUAL COMMEMORATION, BECAUSE AMONG THE TRIVIAL PLEASURES AND SORDID STRIFE / OF THE WORLD, THEY RECALL TO US FOREVER THE / NOBILITY AND LOVE-WORTHINESS OF HUMAN NATURE'

Details

Description: Drinking fountain under six-sided canopy on pillars. A stone ball on top of the canopy roof. Twenty four roses carved on cornice blocks below roof.
Type: Drinking fountain
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1901
Artists: Herbert Bryans
Vessel: SS Stella

People

Rogers, Mary Anne
Age:
Date of Death: 30/3/1899
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Stewardess
Organisation: London and South Western Railway

Extra

Notes: Stewardess on board SS 'Stella' wrecked on the Casquets on her way to Guernsey 30/3/1899. Paid for by public subscription. Inscription composed by Frances Power Cobbe.
Bibliography: Robert Douch 'Monuments and Memorials in Southampton' (Southampton, 1968); John Ovenden and David Shayer 'The wreck of the Stella: Titanic of the Channel Islands' (Guernsey, 1999) p.47.

Lake cemetery, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial at Lake cemetery, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, commemorating John Moss, William Moss, Charles Moss, Charles Selth, Henry Kirkaldie d. 1887 in the loss of ‘Pride of the Sea’

Location

Lake cemetery, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / John Moss aged 53 / William Moss aged 48 / Charles Moss aged 36 / Charles Selth aged 51 / Henry Kirkaldie aged 34 / owners and crew of the Walmer lugger Pride of the Sea, which with all hands as above named was lost in the gale of the night of 29th October, 1887, off Shanklin, in the Isle of Wight. "Underneath are the everlasting arms". Deut. xxxiii, 27 "Oh Christ, whose voice the waters heard / And hush'd their raging at Thy word, / Who walkedst on the foaming deep, / And calm amid the storm didst sleep; / O hear us when we cry to Thee / For those in peril on the sea" "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not," St Luke xii., 40. This stone has been erected by the men of Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown and by other sorrowing friends'

Details

Description: '...a rock surmounted by a cross which has the appearance of weather-beaten oak. Beneath and fastened to the cross is an anchor with a broken strand of rope. The grave is enclosed with an iron chain supported by eight very solid stone supports shaped in keeping with the rock which bear the inscription.'
Type: Memorial
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Pride of the Sea

People

Kirkaldie, Henry
Age: 34
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Moss, John
Age: 53
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Moss, William
Age: 48
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Moss, Charles
Age: 36
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Selth, Charles
Age: 51
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Bibliography: E.C. Pain 'The Last of our Luggers and the men who sailed them' (Deal, 1929) pp. 98-100 (illustration).

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Hugh J. Potter d. 1881 in the loss of the ‘Eurynome’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: K112
Vessel: Eurynome

People

Potter, Hugh J.
Age:
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Notes: 'Eurynome' iron ship, foundered during a voyage from Australia to Falmouth loaded with wheat.

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Engineer Lieutenant-Commander David J. McGregor RN d. 1914 in the loss of HMS ‘Hawke’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Mary wife of Donald McGregor / Born on St Andrew's day 1845 / Died at Cardiff on St Patrick's Day 1912 / Also of their first born child / Margaret / who died at Hebburn-on-Tyne 1878 / Buried in Jarrow Cemetery / Also of Engr Lt Commr David J McGregor R.N. / of H.M.S. Hawke. Lost with vessel in North Sea 15th October 1914 / A model son and kind brother / Also the above Donald McGregor / Who died March 31st 1928 / Aged 82 years / Also of Jessie Leslie McGregor / daughter of the above / who died October 10th 1938 / Aged 58 years'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: White marble
Vessel: HMS Hawke

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

McGregor, David. J.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/10/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Engineer Lieutenant Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Hawke', 1st Class cruiser, sunk by 'U-9' in the North Sea.

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Location

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'In memory of Captain John McNeill Boyd R.N.; John Curry, Able Seaman; Thomas Murray, Able Seaman; John Russell, ordinary seaman, James Johnson, ordinary seaman; Alexander Forsythe, ordinary seaman; who lost their lives on the outside of the east pier at Kingstown, in noble efforts to rescue the crew of the wrecked brig Neptune, during a fearful gale from the E.N.E. on the 9th February 1861. To commemorate the death of six brave sailors of H.M.S. Ajax this monument is raised. The providence of God ordained that they should die, not on board their ship defending their country, but as Christian men seeking to save their perishing brethren. They glorified God, whose waves went over them, by a death not unmeet for Christian Britain. “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends” John IV. 13. Erected by the Commodore Hastings R Yelverton, C.B. Controller-General of the Coast Guard, the officers and ship's company (including tenders) of H.M.S. Ajax and the officers and men of the Kingstown district Coast Guard.'

Details

Description: A broken mast on a rectangular plinth.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Ajax

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Curry, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Forsythe, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Johnson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Murray, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Russell, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane. Memorial also commemorates crew members lost at the same time who are buried in this cemetery.
Bibliography: 'Illustrated London News' (5 Oct 1861), p357.
Recorder: Christine Parkes, 5/3/1982

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Charles Osborne d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'CHARLES OSBORNE aged 44 lost in the Smack 'Pride' in the North Sea Dec 12 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Pride

People

Osborne, Charles
Age: 44
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).

St Peter's Church, Heversham, Cumbria, England

Wall tablet in Heversham, Cumbria dedicated to Joseph Fayrer d. 1801

Location

St Peter's Church, Heversham, Cumbria, England

Transcript

'To the Memory of / CAPTAIN JOSEPH FAYRER of Milnthorpe, who died / at Cape Coast Castle, on the coast of Africa Jan. 11th 1801, aged 55. / Also of BRIDGET his Wife, who died March 14th 1807, Aged 52 / Also of EDWARD BIRBECK FAYRER their third Son, / A Midshipman of the Royal Navy, who died in the / Service of his Country being one of the unfortunate / Crew of H.M.S. Defence, lost in a Storm off the / entrance of the Baltic Dec. 23rd 1811, Aged 21 / This stone is erected to the Memory of his deceased / Parents and Brother, by R. I. Fayrer / Lieutenant of the R.N.'

Details

Description: Black limestone rectangular slab with feet, on a granite mount with plain feet, a pediment-shaped top. The black inscription tablet has a shelf above and is surmounted by an urn in relief.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chanel North wall
Materials: Black limestone
Vessel: HMS Defence

People

Fayrer, Joseph
Age: 55
Date of Death: 11/1/1801
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Fayrer, Edward Birkbeck
Age: 21
Date of Death: 23/12/1811
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Wall tablet at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich commemorating the officers and men who died in the wreck of HMS ‘Orpheus’ 1863

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Location

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF THE OFFICERS AND 166 PETTY OFFICERS SEAMEN AND MARINES / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE WRECK OF / HER MAJESTY'S SHIP ORPHEUS / ON THE MANUKAU BAR, NEW ZEALAND ON THE 7TH FEBRUARY 1863. / COMMODORE W. FARQUHARSON BURNETT C.B. / COMMANDER ROBERT H. BURTON. / LIEUTENANTS W.F.W. MUDGE AND ARTHUR JEKYLL, / MASTER W. D. STRONG. / LIEUTENANT EDWARD E. HILL R.M.A. / CHAPLAIN THE REV. CHARLES B. HASLEWOOD M.A. / CHIEF ENGINEER SAMUEL STEPHENS. / SECRETARY ASSIST-PAYMASTER W.H.P. GILHAM. / ASSIST-SURGEON JAMES CLARKSON. / SECOND MASTER W.H. TAYLOR. / MIDSHIPMEN A.R. MALLOCK, T.H. BROUGHTON AND GEORGE H. VERNER. / CLERK H.N. AYLEN. / MASTERS ASSISTANT JOHN H. TOZER. / ENGINEER JOHN H. ADAMS. ASSIST-ENGINEERS JOHN VICERY. E.J. MILLER, W. ADAMSON AND G.F. GOSSAGE. / GUNNER, W. HUDSON. / ALSO OF THE UNDER-MENTIONED SURVIVING OFFICERS OF THE WRECK / WHO HAVE SINCE DIED ON DUTY: / LIEUTENANTS, CHARLES HILL AND DUKE YOUNGE / MIDSHIPMEN, BERNAL FIELDING AND HENRY BARKLY. / ERECTED AS A TOKEN OF ADMIRATION OF THE DISCIPLINE / AND HEROISM DISPLAYED BY ALL ON BOARD / 1882'

Details

Description: A marble inscription tablet with a bronze relief depicting the wreck inset above.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble, bronze
Vessel: HMS Orpheus

People

Adams, John 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. Farquharson
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commodore RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burton, Robert H
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Clarkson, James
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: Secretary Assistant Paymaster
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, Edward E.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RMA
Organisation: Royal Marine Artillery
Hudson, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Jekyll, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
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, Samuel
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. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tozer, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master's assistant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Verner, George H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Vicery, John
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Fund raised at instigation of Charles George Brooke-Hunt, ex midshipman in 'Orpheus' for this monument 1881.
Bibliography: Roy M. Hetherington 'The wreck of HMS Orpheus-New Zealand's Worst sea disaster' (Auckland, 1968).

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Cuthbert Williams d. 1898 in the loss of SS ‘Dunbar’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving / memory of / David / the beloved husband of / Elizabeth Williams / who departed this life / Novr 29th 1879 / aged 29 years /Also of their beloved and only son / Cuthbert Williams / who was lost through the foundering of / the S.S. Dunbar in the Black Sea / Jan 23rd 1898 in his 22nd year / Also of Elizabeth Rolf / who died March 11th 1916 / Aged 91 years.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Dunbar

People

Williams, Cuthbert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 23/1/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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