Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Plaque in Salisbury Cathedral commemorating Lieutenant Alan Smith RN d. 1901

Location

Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Transcript

'To the Glory of God and in loving memory of / Alan Wyldbore Bosworth Smith, / Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, / second son of Reginald Bosworth and Flora Smith, of Bingham Melcombe, Dorset; / born at Harrow-on-the-Hill on April 13th 1870 / who on September 18th, 1901, / while H.M.S. Cobra, of which he was in command, / was breaking up in a storm, remained standing on the bridge / with arms folded to the last, and went down with his vessel / "I will fear no evil", "Mine will I bring you again from the depths of the sea".'

Details

Description: Above the inscription a cartouche within a rope twist border, showing an anchor on waves, a king's crown above.


Type: Plaque
Position: South transept
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Cobra

People

Bosworth-Smith, Alan Wyldbore
Age: 31
Date of Death: 18/9/1901
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Destroyer, broke in two off Outer Dowsing Shoal in heavy weather while on trials.
Bibliography: P. Clissold 'Ships and Monuments in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 58, p. 212 (Greenwich, 1972); David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p.107.

Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Memorial at Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, commemorating Ernest Allison d. 1917

Location

Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMT Minnihaha

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Allison, Ernest
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/9/1917
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Ship's Officer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Minihaha' torpedoed by submarine.

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

Memorial in St Keverne, Cornwall dedicated to Edward Waldegrave d. 1809

Location

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

Details

Vessel: Dispatch

People

Waldegrave, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1809
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Drowned in wreck of transport 'Dispatch'. Lieut, 7th (Queen's own) Regiment of Huzzars. Memorial includes 2 other officers and 61 NCOs and private soldiers.

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Memorial in Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon commemorating Thomas Forbes d. 1846

Location

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Transcript

'Thomas William Forbes sailed from Salcombe 4.9.1846 for Newfoundland and Master of the 'Beau Ideal' Not heard of after' [sic]

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Beau Ideal

People

Forbes, Thomas William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/9/1846
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Plaque in St Nicholas Church, Bristol dedicated to the officers and crew of the SS ‘Massasoit’ lost 1896

Location

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Transcript

'Spes Super Sydera. / In memory of the / Captain Officers and Crew / of the SS Massasoit / which foundered at sea / during the month of March 1896 / while on a voyage from the United States to England / This memorial / is erected by their sorrowful widows / orphans and dependent relatives / Charles A. Murray Master / Daniel B. Scott 1st Mate / James G. Sullivan 2nd Mate / John G. Peters 1st Engineer / James Thomson 2nd Engineer / Alexander Frank 3rd Engineer / James Carle Boatswain / Carl Ostergen Carpenter / Maurice Callaghan Steward / William Campbell Cook / William Chamberlain Donkeyman / Frederick Sully Able Seaman / James Woods Able Seaman / Charles Erlandson Able Seaman / George Bentley Able Seaman / William A. Saunders R.N.R. Able Seaman / Denis Arcade Able Seaman / John Sage Able Seaman / Henry J. Pillinger Fireman / John R. McMullin R.N.R. Fireman / John Leahy Fireman / William Peaple Fireman / Frederick Crews Fireman / Henry Williams Fireman / William Jones Fireman / Frank Woodrow Asst. Stewd. / Resting until that great day when the sea shall give up her dead'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Staircase
Materials: Brass
Vessel: SS Massasoit

People

Arcade, Denis
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
bentley, George
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Callaghan, Maurice
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Campbell, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Carle, James
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation:
Chamberlain, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Donkeyman
Organisation:
Crews, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Erlandson, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Frank, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 3rd Engineer
Organisation:
Jones, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Leahy, John
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
McMullin, John R.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Murray, Charles A.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Ostergen, Carl
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation:
Peaple, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Peters, John G.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Engineer
Organisation:
Pillinger, Henry J.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Sage, John
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Saunders, William A.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Scott, Daniel B.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Mate
Organisation:
Sulley, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Sullivan, James G.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Mate
Organisation:
Thomson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation:
Williams, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Woodrow, Frank
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Steward
Organisation:
Woods, James
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Removed to St Nicholas from The Missions to Seamen Institute in 1981.
Bibliography: Josephine Teague 'The Missions to Seamen Church and Institute Bristol'.

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating William Woods d. 1912 and John Woods d. 1940 in the loss of the SS ‘Inver’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In / loving memory / of / William Woods / Master Mariner / the beloved husband of / Maggie Woods / Born Sept 12th 1855 / Died Nov 12th 1912 / Also of their son / Stephen Masson Woods / who died at Boston USA / April 21ST 1911 / Aged 28 / Also the above / Maggie / Born Jan 27th 1858 / Died May 12th 1934 / Also their son / John Woods / Master Mariner / Beloved husband of Elizabeth / Killed by enemy action at Sea / Dec 17th 1940.'

Details

Description: Headstone
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Black marble
Vessel: SS Inver

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Woods, William
Age: 57
Date of Death: 12/11/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Woods, John
Age:
Date of Death: 17/12/1940
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation: Merchant Navy

Extra

Notes: SS 'Inver' struck a mine north of Sheerness.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Henry Webb d. 1887

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM HENRY WEBB aged 22 lost from the Emigrant Ship 'Kapunda' off the coast of Brazil Jan. 20 1887'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Kapunda

People

Webb, William Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 20/1/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: passenger
Organisation: Trinder, Anderson & Co

Extra

Notes: 'Kapuanda' emigrant ship, Trinder, Anderson & Co, sunk in collision off Brazil on a voyage to Australia, with heavy loss of life.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

All Saint's Church, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, England

Gravestone at All Saint’s Church, Great Ayton commemorating Richard Dobson d. 1861

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Location

All Saint's Church, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

[On ribbon] 'IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE', 'OF RICHARD DOBSON OF MICKLEBY / WHO WAS LOST AT SEA NOVEMBER 1861 / AGED 43 YEARS. / ALSO BETSY DOBSON / WIFE OF THE ABOVE RICHARD DOBSON / WHO DIED AT GREAT AYTON / SEPTEMBER 30TH 1880 / AGED 58 YEARS / DANGERS STAND THICK THROUGH ALL THE GROUND / TO PUSH US TO THE TOMB / AND FIERCE DISEASES WAIT AROUND / TO HURRY MORTALS HOME'

Details

Description: Carved with a daffodil.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Dobson, William
Age: 43
Date of Death: 11/1861
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: See 1851 census.

Maryport Maritime Museum, Maryport, Cumbria, England

Plaque in Maryport, Cumbria dedicated to the crew of the barque ‘Midas’, lost in 1898.

Location

Maryport Maritime Museum, Maryport, Cumbria, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF THE / OFFICERS AND CREW/OF THE BARQUE "MIDAS" / WHICH WAS LOST WITH ALL HANDS, / DURING A PASSAGE FROM NAGASKI [sic] TO PORTLAND OREGON / LAST HEARD OF 15TH FEBRUARY 1898 / NAMES OF CREW / CAPT. T. MESSENGER / IST MATE, R. RICHMOND / 2ND MATE G.H. JENKINS / BOATSWAIN A. THOMPSON / CARPENTER J. SHORT / STEWARD J. T. ARMSTRONG / COOK, L. S. JAMS / A.B: G.W. SWAN / A.B: F.N. DAVIS / A.B: F. ROSS / A.B: S. GORDON / A.B: J. COLLIGAM / A.B: J. URRAY / A.B: ADAMAMLING / A.B: E. SCOTT / APPRENTICES / E. BURNETT / A. THOMAS / A.F. LIGHT / ... / W. MESSENGER / Safe at anchor now they rest with many of their fleet / but once again they will set sail their Saviour Christ to meet.'

Details

Description: Brass plaque on wooden base.


Type: Plaque
Materials: Wood, brass
Vessel: Midas

People

Adamamling
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Armstrong, J.T.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Burnett, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Colligam, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Davis, F.N.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seamen
Organisation:
Gordon, S.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Jams, L.S.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Jenkins, G.H.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Mate
Organisation:
Light, A.F.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Messenger, T
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Richmond, R.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Mate
Organisation:
Ross, F.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Scott, E.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Short, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation:
Swan, G.W.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Thomas, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Thompson, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation:
Urray, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seamen
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Erected by public subscription in Maryport Seamen's Mission in 1898, moved to thr seamen's Bethel in Workington in 1927 when the mission closed, then to London when this closed in 1974. Willie Messenger was the Captain's nephew.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Willie Tillett d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIE TILLETT aged 18 Lost with his father in the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea January 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Glance

People

Tillett, Willie
Age: 18
Date of Death: 1/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

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