Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff to James Byron Bowyer,  died in the loss of HMS ‘Aragon’ 1917

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / William Edward / the beloved son of / William and Margaret Bowyer /who died April 30th 1906 / Aged 31 years / Blessed are the dead which die / in the Lord / Also of James Byron Bowyer / their second and beloved son / who was drowned on / H.M.S. Aragon off Alexandria / Dec 30th 1917, aged 41 / Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace / where mind is stayed on Thee / Also William father of the above / Who died Sept 25th 1931 / Aged 78 years / Also the above / Margaret Bowyer'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: S.S. Aragon

People

Bowyer, James Byron
Age: 41
Date of Death: 30/12/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Sapper, Royal Engineers
Organisation: British Army

Extra

Notes: Troopship SS 'Aragon' torpedoed off Alexandria by 'UC-34'.
Recorder: David J. Wickham

Maritime Museum, Southampton, England

Memorial board now at Southampton Maritime Museum commemorating local crew members of RMS ‘Titanic’ lost 1912

Location

Maritime Museum, Southampton, England

Transcript

'S.S. TITANIC / Albert Ackerman / Joseph Akerman / Frederick Barnes / Charles Barrow / Walter Bishop / Thomas Blake / Patrick Bradley / Henry Bulley / Alfred Geer / Frank Goree / Bertram Gosling / Ernest Gradidge / George Hannam / Richard Hosgood / Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord' , 'S.S.TITANIC / Joseph Jago / Arthur May / Arthur May / William Mayo / George Milford / Thomas Preston / Joseph Richards / Arthur Rous / Henry Rudd / Augustus Stanbrooke / Arthur Tizard / James Wyeth / Francis Young / Light perpetual shine upon them'

Details

Description: Two wooden boards with painted lettering.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Oak
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Ackerman, Albert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Ackerman, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant pantry man
Organisation:
Barnes, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant baker
Organisation:
Barrow, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Bishop, Walter
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Bedroom steward
Organisation:
Blake, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Bradley, Patrick
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Bulley, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boots
Organisation:
Gear, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Goree, Frank
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation:
Gosling, Bertram
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trimmer
Organisation:
Gradidge, Ernest
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Hannam, George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Hosgood, Richard
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Jago, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation:
May, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
May, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman's messman
Organisation:
Mayo, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading fireman
Organisation:
Milford, George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Richards, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Rous, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plumber
Organisation:
Rudd, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Storekeeper
Organisation:
Stanbrooke, Augustus
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Tizard, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Wyeth, James
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Young, Frances
Age:
Date of Death:
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From St Augustine's, Northam Road.
Bibliography: Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration); Arnold and Betty Watson 'Roster of Valor: The Titanic-Halifax Legacy' (Riverside, 1984).

Mitcham cemetery, London, England

Memorial at Mitcham Cemetery, London commemorating Cecil Stringer d. 1941 in the loss of HMS ‘Hood’

Location

Mitcham cemetery, London, England

Details

Vessel: HMS Hood

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Stringer, Cecil
Age:
Date of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Born 1900. On HMS 'Hood' when sunk by 'Bismarck'.
Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 206.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Thomas Death d. 1875

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Thomas Death aged 43 lost off Yarmouth in the smack 'Honour' July 31 1875'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Honour

People

Death, Thomas
Age: 43
Date of Death: 31/7/1875
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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

St Llawddog's Church, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Wall tablet in St Llawddog’s Church, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire commemorating Griffith Griffith, surgeon RN d. 1822 in the loss of HMS ‘Confiance’

Location

St Llawddog's Church, Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of Griffith Griffith Surgeon second son of George and Margaret Griffith of this town who with all on board H.M.S. Confiance which foundered in a violent gale of wind unfortunately perished off the coast of Ireland on the 21st April 1822. His professional abilities were rendered useful during an important period in the following ships, frigates and sloops of war, viz: the Franchise, the York, the Serapis, the Queen Charlotte, the Sheerwater and the ill-fated Confiance. In the Queen Charlotte he sailed with Lord Exmouth on his memorable expedition to Algiers one of the auspicious result of which was the liberation from Slavery of 2,000 Christians. When surgeon of the Sheerwater that sloop of war belonged to the squadron appointed to guard Buonaparte at St Helena. God whose ways are past finding out called him from this life it is hoped to enjoy a better in the 30th year of his age. He was a dutiful son, an affectionate Brother and a ready and sympathising friend to the Sick and the Poor'

Details

Description: Shield shaped tablet surmounted by an urn.
Type: Wall tablet
Vessel: HMS Confiance

Event

Bombardment of Algiers

Event Date

1816

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Africa

People

Griffith, Griffith
Age:
Date of Death: 21/4/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: David Saunders 1983

St Nicholas's Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Gravestone at St Nicholas’s Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk commemorating George King Abee, d. 1872 in the loss of the ‘Serica’

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'ABEE, George King, who was lost after great suffering in the Chinese Sea with the ship 'Serica' on the Parcels Rocks November...1872 aged 23'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Serica

People

Abbe, George King
Age: 23
Date of Death: 3/11/1872
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: James Findlay

Extra

Notes: The tea clipper ‘Serica' was wrecked on the Paracels, South China Sea on her final voyage. Only one of her twenty-three crew survived.
Recorder: William Donnan. Recorded in 1967

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England

Memorial at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, commemorating W. Riley d. 1940

Location

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England

Transcript

'W Riley, Greaser and Fireman SS 'British Liberty' 6th January 1940 aged 35.'

Details

Vessel: SS British Liberty

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Riley, W.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 6/1/1940
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser. Fireman
Organisation: British Tanker Company

Extra

Notes: 'British Liberty' 1939, owner: British Tanker Company, mined 6 January 1940.

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

Memorial at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating Commander Charles Adolphus Baker RN d. 1822 in the loss of HMS ‘Drake’

Location

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

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF THE SELFLESS DEVOTION OF / CHARLES ADOLPHUS BAKER ESQR / COMMANDER OF H.M.S. DRAKE / WHO / WHEN THAT SLOOP WAS WRECKED ON THE COAST OF / NEWFOUNDLAND ON THE 25TH JUNE 1822 / REFUSED TO PROVIDE FOR HIS OWN SAFETY / UNTIL THE WHOLE OF THE CREW SHOULD BE PREVIOUSLY SAVED / AND IN PERSUANCE OF THIS GENEROUS RESOLUTION / PERISHED / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED / AT THE REQUEST OF THE SURVIVING / PETTY OFFICERS AND SEAMEN / EVERY ONE OF WHOM / ON PASSING FROM THE SHIP TO A ROCK / ON WHICH THEY WERE ULTIMATELY SAVED / HAD/WITH A GENEROSITY EQUAL TO HIS OWN / PRESSED/CAPTAIN BAKER/TO PRECEDE THEM / BUT IN VAIN /AETAT 29'

Details

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

People

Baker, Charles Adolphus
Age: 29
Date of Death: 25/6/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Gravestone at Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey commemorating Captain Robert Sharp d. 1844 in the wreck of the ‘Erin’

Location

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of Mary Sharp, who departed this life the 24th October 1832 aged 57 years. Also of the memory of Capt. Robert Sharp who was lost at sea on the 13th December 1844 off the coast of France aged 61 years. This stone is erected by their only surviving child Robert Cunningham Sharp'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Materials: Portland stone
Vessel: Erin

People

Sharp, Robert
Age: 61
Date of Death: 13/12/1844
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Erin' schooner of Guernsey on passage from Shields to St Malo wrecked 13 Dec 1844 at St Germain Cap de la Hogue, France.
Bibliography: David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Memorial at Westoe Cemetery, South Shields commemorating James Mitchell d. 1867 in the loss of the ‘Queen Victoria’

Location

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Details

Vessel: Queen Victoria

People

Mitchell, James
Age: 48
Date of Death: 3/12/1867
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Lost at sea with the brig 'Queen Victoria' foundered 3/12/1867.