Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Mary's Church, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England

Wall tablet in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire commemorating William Godson d. 1807

Location

St Mary's Church, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / WILLIAM GODSON ESQRE / OF THE COURT HOUSE IN THIS TOWN / SON OF RICHARD AND ANNE GODSON OF BRAILES, WARWICKSHIRE / DIED 19TH AUGUST 1822 AGED 56 YEARS / ALSO MARGARET HIS WIFE. / DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND SARAH PROBYN OF THE COURT HOUSE, / WHO DIED 12TH MARCH 1832 AGED 66 YEARS. / WILLIAM THEIR ELDEST SON, A MIDSHIPMAN ON BOARD HMS BLENHEIM / ADMIRAL SIR THOMAS TROWBRIDGE COMMANDER, / WAS IN HIS FOURTEENTH YEAR, WHEN THE SHIP WITH ALL THE CREW / WAS LOST OFF THE COAST OF MADAGASCAR. / THEIR THIRD SON DIED AT THE BIRTH / HARRIET AND JANE DIED IN THEIR INFANCY. / JOHN AN OFFICER IN THE HONBLE E.I. COMPANY`S SERVICE, DIED AT SEA / ON BOARD THE MARCHIONESS OF ELY, CAPTAIN BROOK KEY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 1814. / GEORGE DIED 20TH NOVEMBER 1820 / MARY ANNE DIED 21ST FEBRUARY 1834 / AND LIES BURIED IN ST MARY LE BONE OLD CHURCHYARD LONDON.'

Details

Description: Coat of arms beneath; kneeling female figure at top.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Blenheim, Marchioness of Ely

People

Godson, William
Age: 14
Date of Death: 5/2/1807
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Godson, John
Age:
Date of Death: 20/9/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Notes: Also of John Godson. d. 1814

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating William Osborne d. 1876 in the loss of the ‘Alcatraz’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of Henry Gunson, late of Calderbridge, who died 21st. Sept 1876, aged 69 years. Also WILLIAM OSBORNE, grandson of the above, who left San Francisco 7th. August 1876 in the ship ALCATRAZ, and has not since been heard of, aged 20 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: H653
Vessel: Alcatraz

People

Osborne, William
Age: 20
Date of Death: 8/1876
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Molland, Devon, England

Wall tablet in Molland, Devon dedicated to Frances Dovell and her son who died in a shipwreck in 1850

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Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Molland, Devon, England

Transcript

'THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF / FRANCES DOVELL, AGED 47 YEARS / AND WILLIAM HENRY QUARTLY DOVELL, AGED 12 YEARS, / (YOUNGEST DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON OF THE LATE / HENRY QUARTLY AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE, / OF THIS PARISH) THE BELOVED WIFE AND SON OF / CAPT WILLIAM DOVELL / OF THE PORT OF BRISTOL: WHO UNFORTUNATELY PERISHED / BY SHIPWRECK ON THE NIGHT OF 19TH OF DEC. 1850 / ON THEIR VOYAGE TO THE WEST INDIES, THE UNFORTUNATE OCCURANCE / TOOK PLACE AT LAGE, NEAR CORUNNA IN SPAIN, WHERE 16 PERSONS, / CONSTITUTING WITH BUT ONE EXCEPTION / THE WHOLE CREW AND PASSENGERS OF THE SHIP 'ADELAIDE'/ FOUND A WATERY GRAVE. / CAPT. DOVELL THE BEREAVED SURVIVOR OF THIS MOURNFUL EVENT / WHO WAS MOST MIRACULOUSLY RESCUED, NOW A WIDOWER AND CHILDLESS / HERE RECORDS HIS ENDURING GRIEF'

Details

Description: Relief of sinking vessel above inscription tablet.


Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Artists: J. Thomas
Vessel: Adelaide

People

Dovell, Frances
Age: 47
Date of Death: 19/12/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Dovell, William Henry Quartly
Age: 12
Date of Death: 19/12/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Also of William Henry Quartly Dovell. d. 1850

Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Memorial at Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk commemorating Thomas Hodson, d. 1876 off Jervis Bay,  Australia

Location

Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'Samuel Hodson husband of Elizabeth died June 4th 1903 aged 79 also of Elizabeth his wife died April 3rd 1907 aged 82 also of THOMAS B. Hodson second son of the above who was drowned at sea by the foundering of SS DANDENONG off JERVIS BAY, AUSTRALIA, Sept 11 1876 aged 24'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Plot 3
Vessel: SS Dandenong

People

Hodson, Thomas B.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/9/1876
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Officers' servant
Organisation: Melbourne Steam Ship Company

Extra

Notes: SS Dandenong was a passenger-cargo steamer, operated by the Melbourne Steam Ship Company, that ran between Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. She left from Melbourne on the 8th September 1876 with 53 passengers. Gale force winds damaged the ship which began taking in water. Several boats, including the barque, Albert William, came to the rescue of the passengers and crew. One of the lifeboats was hit by the rolling barque and only four were saved. In total, 40 lives were lost in the storm.

St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, London, England

Tomb in Rotherhithe, London commemorating Prince Lee Boo d. 1784

Location

St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, London, England

Transcript

'To the Memory / of Prince Lee Boo / a native of the Pelew or Palos Islands: / and son to Abba Thulle, Rupalk or King / of the Island Coorooraa / who departed this life on the 27th of December 1784 / aged 20 years; / This stone is inscribed / by the Honourable United East India Company / as a Testimony of esteem for the humane and kind treatment / afforded to the crew of their ship / the Antelope, Captain Wilson / which was wrecked off that island / in the night of the 9th August 1783. / Stop, Reader, Stop! Let Nature claim a tear, / a Prince of Mine, Lee Boo, lies bury'd here'

Details

Type: Tomb
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Brick
Vessel: HEIC Antelope

People

Lee Boo, Lee Boo
Age: 20
Date of Death: 27/12/1784
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Notes: More recent tablet with similar inscription on north wall inside church.
Bibliography: A.E. Daniell 'London Riverside Churches' (London, 1897) p. 244.

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Headstone at the Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire commemorating William Horwood d. 1778

Location

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred / to the Memory of / SIMON HARRIS / who departed this Life the 2nd April / 1782 in the 87th Year of his Age / Also / WILLIAM HORWOOD / who lost his life with four more of his / Crew in the Unity Sloop on the / Kentish Knock the 13th May 1778 / Aged 45 Years / When jarring elements my bark assailed / All strength was feeble and all efforts failed / Ye Mariners who plough the briny wave / And all the horrors of the tempest brave / Let my disastrous fate attention claim / Life's best security's a virtuous aim'

Details

Description: Palm leaves carved above inscription.
Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Limestone
Vessel: Unity

People

Horwood, William
Age: 45
Date of Death: 13/5/1778
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.

Tavernacle Welsh Baptist Church, The Hayes, Cardiff, Wales

Headstone at Tavernacle Welsh Baptist Church, The Hayes, Cardiff commemorating Josiah Walter d. 1849 in the wreck of the ‘Confidence’

Location

Tavernacle Welsh Baptist Church, The Hayes, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In memory of Maria Eliza daughter of Benjm Williams / late master of The Confidence of Cardiff by Mary his wife / who died Sept 6 1849 aged 11 years / Also of Josiah Walter their son / who was drowned by the wreck of the said vessel off Arran Moor, County of Donagall Ireland Nov 18 1849 aged 13 years / Maria er mor hoy wedd-is-awyr / A Josia Ionwedd...'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Confidence

People

Williams, Joseph Walter
Age:
Date of Death: 18/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wall tablet at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh commemorating Charlotte Elphinston and John Elphinston d. 1815 in the wreck of the East Indiaman ‘Alexander’

Location

St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Transcript

'This tablet is erected to memory of Charlotte Elphinston, aged 6 years, and of John Elphinston aged 5 years, children of John Elphinston, Esq., Member of Council Bombay, who, to the inexpressible sorrow of their affectionate parents, were drowned in the wreck of the 'Alexander', East India Ship, on the coast of Weymouth, the 26th March 1815. By their father's direction, their remains were here deposited with the ashes of their kindred, by friends who once hoped to be delighted with their innocence and cheerfulness, and to assist in the pleasing task of cherishing and improving their opening virtues and talents. But the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.'

Details

Description: One of three wall tablets.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: West Wall exterior
Vessel: Alexander

People

Elphinston, Charlotte
Age: 6
Date of Death: 26/3/1816
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Honourable East India Company
Elphinston, John
Age: 5
Date of Death: 26/3/1815
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Bibliography: John Smith, Edited Sir James Balfour Paul 'Monumental Inscriptions in St Cuthbert's Churchyard, Edinburgh' Scottish Records Society (Edinburgh, 1915).

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutland, England

Memorial to Commander Montague Wriothesley Noel RN, d. 1941, at Exton, Rutland.

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton, Rutland, England

Transcript

'In thankful memory of / MONTAGUE WRIOTHESLEY NOEL / Commander Royal Navy / Son of Admiral Charles Noel / Born November 12th 1892 / During the First World War / he was twice decorated / with the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal / for life-saving at sea / Having retired in 1935/ he was appointed Financial Secretary to / the Diocese of Lichfield / and lay reader therein / but on t he renewed outbreak of war / he volunteered forthwith for active service again/ and on April 6th 1941 / while on Convoy duty in the English Channel / gave his life for his men / Joyful, courageous and loving of heart / fervent in spirit serving the Lord / he brought men to CHRIST / GOD is love and he that dwelleth in love / dwelleth in GOD and GOD in him'

Details

Description: At top, coat of arms with motto: 'TOUT BIEN OU RIEN'.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Torrent

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Noel, Montague Wriothesley
Age: 49
Date of Death: 6/4/1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Name on Royal Naval Patrol Service Memorial at Lowestoft. HMS 'Torrent' ex 'Anna Marie', sunk by mine off Falmouth.
Bibliography: 'The Times' 5 May 1941 p.1

St Andrew's Parish Church, St Andrew's, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Memorial at St Andrew’s, Guernsey commemorating Fanny Rosa Price d. 1850 in the loss of the ‘Superb’

Location

St Andrew's Parish Church, St Andrew's, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'SHE IS NOT HERE / SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF FANNY ROSA PRICE, AGED 18 / DAUGHTER OF CAPT. PRICE RN WHO WAS LOST / WHEN THE SUPERB WAS WRECKED / 24 SEPT AD 1850 / TO KNOW HER / WAS TO LOVE HER. / SAY WHY SHOULD FRIENDSHIP MOURN FOR THEE, / WHO SAFE ARRIVED ON CANAAN'S SHORE / FROM EVERY EARTHLY TROUBLE FREE / THOU ART NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE / THROUGH MANY DAYS WITH PAIN OPPRESSED / THY GENTLE SPIRIT NUMBERED O'ER / THOU NOW HAST FOUND A HEAVENLY REST / THOU ART NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE / SWEET IS THE REST WHERE CHRISTIANS LIE / AND SWEET THE STRAINS WHICH ANGELS BORE / THEN WHY SHOULD I LAMENT AND SIGH / SHE IS NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE / SECURE FROM EVERY ANXIOUS CARE / BY SIN AND SORROW VEXED NO MORE / CELESTIAL JOYS ARE NOW THY SHARE / THOU ART NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE / TO ZION'S PEACEFUL COAST ABOVE / MAY I IN TRIUMPH SOAR / TO DWELL IN BLISS WITH THOSE I LOVE / WHO ARE NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE'

Details

Description: Broken column.
Type: Column
Materials: Granite
Vessel: Superb

People

Price, Fanny Rosa
Age:
Date of Death: 24/9/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Superb' paddle steamer of Guernsey wrecked on Minquier's reef.
Bibliography: David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).