Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St John The Evangelist's Church, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Wall tablet in St John’s Church, Goole commemorating George William Cawthorn d. 1923 in the loss of the SS ‘Merville’

Location

St John The Evangelist's Church, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'George William Cawthorn, who perished with the foundering of the S.S. Merville in the North Sea on 23 March 1923. Erected by Ada Cawthorn, his widow "They that go down to the sea in ships, these men see the works of the Lord"'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: West wall of south aisle
Vessel: SS Merville

People

Cawthorn, George William
Age:
Date of Death: 23/3/1923
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: Rev. William Henry Donnan 1970

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Russell d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM RUSSELL Aged 60 Lost in the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea January 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Glance

People

Russell, William
Age: 60
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).

Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton, England

Wall plaque dedicated to those of the parish of Holy Trinity, Southampton who lost their lives aboard the SS ‘Titanic’, lost 1912

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook, Southampton, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF THE / FOLLOWING MEN FROM / THIS PARISH WHO LOST / THEIR LIVES BY THE SINKING / OF THE S.S. TITANIC ON THE / NIGHT OF APRIL 14TH - 15TH 1912 / W. BUNNELL AGED 20 / A. CURTIS AGED 26 / W.W. HAWKESWORTH AGED 43 / A. JOHNSON AGED 47 / T.F. PENNAL AGED 34 / B.R. RUSSELL AGED 17 / F.C. SIMMONS AGED 25 / G.F. TALBOT AGED 20 / A. VEAL AGED 35 / W.E. WARD AGED 34 / E.L. WATERIDGE AGED 25 / F.H. WORMALD AGED 46 / THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY / PARISHIONERS & FRIENDS / And the sea gave up the / dead which were in it'

Details

Type: Wall plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Bunnell, W.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plate washer
Organisation:
Curtis, A.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Hawkesworth, W. W.
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant deck steward
Organisation:
Johnson, A.
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Nightwatchman
Organisation:
Pennal, T. F.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Bath steward
Organisation:
Russell, B. R.
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Simmons, F. C.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Talbot, G. F.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Veal, A.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation:
Ward, W. D.
Age: 34
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Saloon Steward
Organisation:
Wateridge, E. L.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration).

St Edith's Church, Anwick, Lincolnshire, England

Wall tablet in St Edith’s Church, Anwick, Lincolnshire commemorating Alfred Angelo Ashington d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

St Edith's Church, Anwick, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of Alfred Angelo Ashington midshipman R.N. second son of Henry and Frances Ashington born 3rd Dec 1852. Lost in his 18th year in H.M.S. Captain which foundered off Cape Finisterre on the Morning of 7th Sept 1870'

Details

Type: Tablet
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Ashington, Alfred Angelo
Age: 17
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: C.Q. Flunhian.

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Cochester, Essex, England

Memorial at Church of St Mary at the Walls, Cochester, commemorating Captain William Mason Inglis d. 1854

Location

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Cochester, Essex, England

Transcript

'William Mason Inglis, Captain Royal Engineers, who while serving in the Siege of Sebastopol, was lost in the wreck of the 'Prince' at Balaclava 14 Nov 1854 aged 32'

Details

Vessel: Prince

Event

Crimea War

Event Date

1853-1856

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Inglis, William Mason
Age: 32
Date of Death: 14/11/1854
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: British Army

Extra

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Gravestone at Borough Cemetery, Harwich, commemorating George Easter d. 1907

Location

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / GEORGE EASTER / WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE BERLIN DISASTER / AT THE HOOK OF HOLLAND / ON 21ST FEBRUARY 1907 / AGED 35 YEARS' [Top rim] 'BOAST NOT THYSELF OF TOMORROW FOR THOU KNOWEST NOT WHAT A DAY MAY BRING FORTH' [Panel] 'BRIEF WAS HIS CALL, SAD IS OUR LOT / BELOVED BY ALL, BY NONE FORGOT / IN PEACE HE SLEEPS BENEATH THE GROUND / AMONG GOD'S CHOSEN MAY HE BE FOUND'

Details

Description: Gothic style. Incised script and floral panel.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Area B
Materials: Red sandstone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Easter, George
Age: 35
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

Extra

Notes: One of three graves, see also F.W. Mead and E.E. Salter.
Recorder: M.E. Manton, 1997

Parish Church, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands

Memorial at St Ouen to Edward D’Auvergne lost in ‘Royal George’ 1782

Location

Parish Church, St Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'Ici a été inhume / ce qui fut mortel / de Ph; D`Auvergne (obit 18 Ap:1779, aet 49 / Et de Jeanne sa femme fille de Ed: Ricard / (obit 23 Sept.1803 aet 63). / Ce Marbre est consacrée a leur mémoire / par huit de leur Enfants. / Aussi a celle de Edouard leur second fils / qui perdit la vie aubord du Vaisseau / de Sa Majesté le Royal George, / le 29 Août 1782, âgé de 18 ans. / Et de Anne leur sixième & dernière fille / Femme D`Edmund Slade, de Chippenham / dans le Comté de Wilts / Elle mourout le 28 Avril 1808, aet 32. / Aussi Ph:D`Auvergne Ecr. Juré Justicier, / décédé le 12 Janvier 1838, aet 73/ Et D. Jeanne Gabourel, sa veuve, / décédé le 20 Novembre 1847, aet 73'

Details

Description: Urn in relief above inscription tablet which is flanked by pilasters.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South Nave
Materials: Marble
Vessel: 'Royal George'

People

D`Auvergne, Edouard
Age: 18
Date of Death: 29/8/1782
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Lost in the sinking of 'Royal George' at Spithead.

Ballyhalbert Graveyard, Ballyhalbert, County Down, Northern Ireland

Memorial at Ballyhalbert Graveyard, Ballyhalbert, County Down, Northern Ireland commemorating Captain Charles McWhirk, d. 1838 in the loss of the ‘Rowena’

Location

Ballyhalbert Graveyard, Ballyhalbert, County Down, Northern Ireland

Transcript

'Here lieth the body of Captain Charles McWhirk of Ballyhalbert who was lost at Skerries with all the crew of the ship 'Rowena' of Belfast of which vessel he commanded on Feb 24th 1838 aged 30 years'

Details

Vessel: Rowena

People

McWhirk, Charles
Age: 30
Date of Death: 24/2/1838
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The Rowena was on route from Chepstow, Monmouthshire to Belfast when she ran aground and was wrecked off St Patrick's Island, Dublin.

All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints’ Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Frederick Greenland d. 1914

Location

All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Frederick J Greenland / Aged 33 / Lost with H.M.S. ‘Hogue’ / September 22 1914'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: HMS Hogue

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Greenland, Frederick J.
Age: 33
Date of Death: 22/9/1914
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Hogue' sunk by 'U9' in North Sea.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Great Waltham, Essex, England

Monument at St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Great Waltham, Essex, commemorating Hugh Everard d. 1703

Location

St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Great Waltham, Essex, England

Transcript

'This Monument, covers not the Ashes but perpetuates ye memory / of HUGH EVERARD, second son / to Sir HUGH EVERARD of Langleys, Bart. / A son tho' not born to ye Estate & Honr: of ye Family / Yet early inherited the Virtues and Bravery of it, / The glorys of whose infancy / Rais'd our just Hopes to expect wonders from his Manhood / For being not 13 years of Age, he left Felstead school / Sept: 22, 1700 & on ye 29th he went Reformade / Under Capt: Whitaker to convey King Wm: from Holland / Tho' then a Tempest arose whch destroyed many in his sight / Yet the undaunted Youth still had Glory in view. / The invitation of that, & ye Greatness of his soul / Lessen'd all the threatenings of Danger / Aug 15th, 1702, After several voyages & hardships endur'd by land & sea, / A Descent being made into Spain, / His choice and request put his courage upon action, / Being ye third yt landed, and ye Spaniard horse coming upon them, / The Commander fell by his hand, / And ye sword of the man of war grac'd the side of ye young stripling, / But now reader, / Turn thy triumphant song into mournful Dirges / For ye fatal 27th Nov: 1703, comes big wth tempest & ruin / (Such as former Ages never knew, & future will scarce Credit) / Wn our brave young man (having chang'd his ship in order for new Achievements) / And crew were swallowed up by the insatiable Goodwins. / Thus fell the Ages wonder. / After he had established a Reputation / That shall never dye.'

Details

Description: Urn on the cornice of an architectural setting; above the inscription table is a hand holding a drawn sword inscribed above: 'Virtutis Pretium' and a trumpet inscribed: 'Magna cano' (the worth of his bravery, I loudly sing) Below the gadroon edge is a relief of Everard's ship driven onto the Goodwin Sands by the storm. Inscribed below 'Spes nulla salutis' (no hope of safety).
Type: Monument
Position: South side of Nave
Materials: White marble
Vessel: Restoration

Event

Great Storm 1703

People

Everard, Hugh
Age: 15
Date of Death: 27/11/1703
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: K.A. Esdaile 'English Church Monuments' (London, 1946) pp. 98-9.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson