Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

Headstone at Holyhead Cemetery commemorating three unknown seaman from the barque ‘Osseo’ wrecked 1894

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Location

Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

Transcript

'...THESE STONES / WERE ERECTED BY VOLUNTARY / CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE INHABITANTS / AND CREW OF THE HOLYHEAD STEAMERS / TO MARK THE RESTING PLACE OF 3 UNKNOWN / SEAMAN, PART OF THE CREW OF 21 OR 26 OF / THE BARQUE OSSEO OF LONDONDERRY / WRECKED ON HOLYHEAD BREAKWATER / ON THE MORNING OF THE 30TH DECEMBER / 1894 ALL THE CREW BEING LOST, 12 / WERE WASHED ASHORE AND 5 WERE / IDENTIFIED / Deep called upon deep, the noise / of thy water spouts; all thy waves and thy / billows are gone over me Psalm XLII 7 / THE COST OF ERECTION £23, 4 6d / WAS COLLECTED BY J.E.JONES and E. EVANS / at Holyhead.'

Details

Description: Slate headstone with carved border of foliage including oak and ivy leaves in low relief. Above the inscription, a relief of the doomed vessel striking the breakwater. The latter is represented by a lighthouse. The inscription is in Welsh and English.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Slate
Vessel: Osseo

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Notes: 'Liverpool Mercury' (11 Jan 1895) 'The inhabitants of Holyhead are about to erect two monuments over the graves of the seven unknown persons washed ashore and supposed to be a portion of the crew of the ill fated Osseo.'
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Britain's Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 156.

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Memorial in Salcombe, Devon commemorating John Sladen d. 1895

Location

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Transcript

'John Herbert Sladen, aged 22, lost in the ship 'Lady Lawrence' sailed from New South Wales 11 July 1895 and not since heard of. John Heath Sladen died Monte Video 1884 age 35'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Lady Lawrence

People

Sladen, John Herbert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 7/1895
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Gravestone at St Oswald’s Church, Filey commemorating Frederick Arthur Chater d. 1917 in the loss of the SS ‘Lady Ann’

Location

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Details

Vessel: SS Lady Ann

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Chater, Frederick Arthur
Age: 64
Date of Death: 16/2/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: First Mate
Organisation:

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Notes: 'Lady Ann' torpedoed off Scarborough 16 February 1917. Cargo ship laden with coal.

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Memorial at Westoe Cemetery, South Shields commemorating James Osborne Davison d. 1861 in the loss of the ‘Queen of Freedom’

Location

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Details

Vessel: Queen of Freedom

People

Davison, James Osborne
Age: 45
Date of Death: 1861
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation:

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Notes: Master mariner, lost at sea with entire crew of the barque 'Queen of Freedom' foundered 1861.

St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Memorial in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, commemorating Admiral Sir George Somers d. 1610

Location

St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Transcript

'ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS KT / SHIPMATE OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH / COLONIZER OF THE BERMUDAS / BORN NEAR LYME REGIS 1554 / OWNER OF BERNE MANOR / IN WHITCHURCH CANONICORUM / DIED IN THE BERMUDAS, NOVEMBER 1610 / BURIED BENEATH THE OLD CHANTRY / UNDER THE PRESENT VESTRY JULY 4 1611 / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 1908'

Details

Description: The inscription within a border of foliage.

Tablet in St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum dedicated to George Somers. d. 1908
Type: Tablet
Position: South wall of chancel
Materials: Brass
Date Erected: 1908
Vessel: Sea Venture

People

Somers, George
Age:
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

Extra

Notes: His shipwreck in 'Sea Venture' (which he survived) is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.
Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 191 (Greenwich,1987).

Church, Church of St Ffraed, Llanon, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at the church of St Ffraed, Llanon, Ceredigion commemorating Evan William Sweeney d. 1941 following the loss of the SS ‘Empire Endurance’

Location

Church, Church of St Ffraed, Llanon, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'Evan William, died through enemy action on the S.S. Empire Endurance May 4, 1941, aged 28 years, son of Robert and Anne Jane Sweeney of this place'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: SS Empire Endurance

People

Sweeney, Evan William
Age: 28
Date of Death: 4/5/1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Second Cook and baker
Organisation: Ministry of War Transport

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Notes: SS 'Empire Endurance' torpedoed by 'U-73' on 20 April 1941. Some crew members not rescued until a boat was found on the 9th May. Most of the occupants had already died of exposure and of the seven picked up, three died shortly afterwards.

St Mary's Church, Netherbury, Dorset, England

Brass plaque in St Mary’s Church, Netherbury, Dorset, dedicated to Lieutenant Arthur Hood RN d. 1775, Captain Alexander Hood RN d. 1798, and Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood d. 1814

Location

St Mary's Church, Netherbury, Dorset, England

Transcript

'To the Glory of God and in memory of three gallant Dorset sailors sons of Samuel Hood, Purser, Royal Navy, of Kingsland, Netherbury and Ann his wife. Lieutenant Arthur Hood RN (1753-1775)[?] drowned whilst serving in the West Indies on board H.M.S Pomona. Captain Alexander Hood R.N. (1758-1798). Killed in the hour of victory while commanding H.M.S. Mars in her famous duel with the French ship L'Hercule and Admiral Sir Samuel Hood Bart K.B. K.S.K. sometimes M.P. for Bridport who served his country with great devotion under Lord Nelson at Santa Cruz (1797) and in command of H.M.S. Zealous at the glorious Battle of the Nile as well as at Rochfort (1806) where he lost his right arm. He was born at Kingsland 27 November 1762 and died while on active service at Madras, while commander-in-chief in the East Indies 24 November 1814'

Details

Type: Brass
Materials: Brass
Date Erected: 1914
Vessel: HMS Pomona, HMS Mars

Event

Battle of the Nile

Event Date

1798

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Hood, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 1775
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hood, Alexander
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/4/1798
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hood, Samuel
Age: 52
Date of Death: 24/12/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral of the White
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Erected 1914, paid for by public subscription.
Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 195, (Greenwich, 1987).

St Peter's Church, Bromshaw, Hampshire, England

Memorial in St Peter’s Church, Bromshaw, Hampshire commemorating those from this parish lost in ‘Titanic’  1912.

Location

St Peter's Church, Bromshaw, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'There shall be no more sea (Rev XXXI:1) In memory of Percy Deacon Aged 17 William Dibden 18 Charles Henry Davies 19 Ambrose Hood 21 Stanley George Hickman 21 Leonard Mark Hickman 24 Lewis Hickman 32 All of this parish who were lost in the wreck of SS Titanic on April 15 1912 through collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic. Erected by Parishioners and Friends'

Details

Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Davies, Charles Henry
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Deacon, Percy
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Dibden, William
Age: 18
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hickman, Stanley George
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hickman, Leonard Mark
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hickman, Lewis
Age: 32
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hood, Ambrose
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: The sinking of the RMS 'Titanic' took place on the 14th April 1912. The 'Titanic' was on her maiden voyage heading from Southampton to New York when she struck an iceberg and foundered with the loss of some, 1,500+ lives.

St Mary's Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at St Mary’s Church, Cardigan commemorating Thomas Harries Griffiths d. 1875 in the loss of the ‘Leading Star’

Location

St Mary's Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'...Also in loving memory of the above named Thomas Harries Griffiths who lost his life on board the brig Leading Star on a voyage from South Shields to Folkestone on or about the 28 November 1875 aged 40 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Graveyard
Vessel: Leading Star

People

Griffiths, Thomas Harries
Age: 40
Date of Death: 28/11/1875
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Abney Park Cemetery, Abney Park, London, England

Memorial in Abney Park Cemetery, London dedicated to Henry Orfeur d. 1856 and John Orfeur d. 1862

Location

Abney Park Cemetery, Abney Park, London, England

Transcript

'The sea shall give up its dead', ' Sacred to the memory of Henry Orfeur, lost with all the crew, by the wreck of the schooner Invoice, in the Bristol Channel, Nov. 23, 1856, aged 23 years. Also John his brother, of the barque Geraldine, last heard of April 14, 1862, near the equator, aged 17 years'

Details

Vessel: Geraldine, Invoice

People

Orfeur, Henry
Age: 23
Date of Death: 23/11/1856
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Orfeur, John
Age: 17
Date of Death: 1862
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Rev. Thomas B. Barker 'Abney Park Cemetery' (London, 1869) p.28.

Also of John Orfeur. d. 1862