Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Nicholas's methodist church, Topsham, Devon, England

Wall plaque in St Nicholas’s methodist church, Topsham, Devon dedicated to D. G. Saunders and the officers and crew of ‘John Holman’ lost 1912

Location

St Nicholas's methodist church, Topsham, Devon, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF CAPTAIN D G SAUNDERS GRANDSON OF A SAUNDERS MASTER OF THE BARQUE 'JOHN HOLMAN' LOST OFF THE HORN 1861. THE ENGINEERS, OFFICERS AND CREW OF THE STEAMER ARCHTOR LOST WITH ALL HANDS IN HEAVY WEATHER IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC JANUARY 1912. PSALM 107 23-29'

Details

Description: Memorial with a pediment and pilasters. Angel with wreath right and over a ship in heavy weather in the left corner.
Type: Wall plaque
Position: In former north porch on West Wall
Materials: Bronze
Vessel: SS Archtor, John Holman

People

Saunders, D. G.
Age:
Date of Death: 1/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Saunders, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 30/9/1861
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Avalanche Road Church, Southwell, Dorset, England

Avalanche Memorial Church at  Southwell, Dorset, which commemorates the loss of clipper ‘Avalanche’ off Portland Bill in 1877

Location

Avalanche Road Church, Southwell, Dorset, England

Details

Type: Church
Vessel: Avalanche

Extra

Notes: Clipper 'Avalanche' sank after collision with 'Forrest' off Portland Bill 11/9/1877. Church built by public subscription and memorials include plaques and stained glass windows.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 116.

Stokenham, Devon, England

Memorial in Stokenham, Devon commemorating William Irvine d. 1891 in the wreck of the barque ‘Dryad’

Location

Stokenham, Devon, England

Transcript

'William Irvine sailmaker, drowned in the wreck of the barque DRYAD off Start Point 10 March 1891 aged 55'

Details

Vessel: Dryad

People

Irvine, William
Age: 55
Date of Death: 10/3/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Sailmaker
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Richard Larn 'Devon Shipwrecks' (Newton Abbot, 1974) p. 89.

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery,  Liverpool to Captain William Allan d. 1871 in the loss of the ‘Precursor’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Captain William Allan, who was lost at sea in the ship 'Precursor', about the 5th April, 1871 aged 49 years...'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: E123
Vessel: Precursor

People

Allan, William
Age: 49
Date of Death: 5/4/1871
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: Martin Davies.

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Wall tablet at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich commemorating naval officers who were former pupils of the  Royal Naval School and who died on active service during the Crimea War

Location

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / THE UNDERMENTIONED OFFICERS, FORMERLY PUPILS OF / The Royal Naval School, / WHO FELL NOBLY SERVING THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE RUSSIAN WAR. / LIEUT. E. W. M. CARRINGTON R.N. / KILLED AT GAMLA KARLEBY 7TH JUNE 1854. / CAPTAIN EDWIN RICHARDS, / H.M. 41ST REGIMENT / KILLED AT THE HEAD OF HIS COMPANY, / AT THE BATTLE OF INKERMANN, 5TH NOVEMBER 1854 / R. O. LEWIS ESQRE. R.N. / MASTER OF H.M. TRANSPORT 'RESOLUTE' / LOST IN THE STORM OFF BALACLAVA, 14TH NOVEMBER 1854. / RICHARD MORRIS ESQRE R.N. MATE OF H.M.S. 'WASP' / DIED OF CHOLERA BEFORE SEBASTOPOL, 23RD NOVEMBER 1854. / SIDNEY SMITH BOXER ESQRE / ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO REAR ADMIRAL BOXER / DIED OF CHOLERA AT BALACLAVA, 1ST JUNE 1855. / IN REMEMBRANCE AND APPRECIATION OF / THEIR GALLANT AND MERITORIOUS SERVICES / A FEW FORMER PUPILS AND FRIENDS OF THE INSTITUTION / HAVE ERECTED THIS MONUMENT / HONOR VIRTUTIS COMES / "WE BEING MANY, ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST / AND EVERY ONE MEMBERS ONE OF ANOTHER" ROMANS XII-5'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: White marble
Artists: E. J. Physick
Vessel: HM Transport Resolute, HMS Wasp

Event

Crimea War

Event Date

1853-1856

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Boxer, Sidney Smith
Age:
Date of Death: 1/6/1855
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Secretary
Organisation:
Carrington, E. W. M.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/6/1854
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Lewis, R. O.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/11/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Morris, Richard
Age:
Date of Death: 23/11/1854
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Mate RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating John Hector Young d. 1939

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'John Hector Young R.N. aged 20 Lost in H.M. Destroyer 'Duchess', 13 Dec 1939'.

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: HMS Duchess

People

Young, John Hector
Age: 20
Date of Death: 13/12/1939
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Duchess' sunk after collision with HMS 'Barham'.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Memorial in the Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire commemorating Thomas Mostyn Field d. 1916

Location

Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Transcript

' ...in loving memory of John Bosanquet Field, Captain Royal Navy, and of Celia his wife, at rest in this Churchyard. Also of Thomas Mostyn Field, aged 16, midshipman, H.M.S Queen Mary, sunk at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916, the only son of Admiral Sir Mostyn Field K.C.B., F.R.S. and Lady Field'

Details

Type: Porch doors
Position: Porch
Vessel: HMS Queen Mary

Event

Battle of Jutland,

Event Date

1916

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Field, Thomas Mostyn
Age: 16
Date of Death: 31/5/1916
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: P. Clissold 'Ships and Monuments in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 58, p. 214 (Greenwich, 1972).

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Cross in Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey commemorating Captain James Martel d. 1881 in the loss of the SS ‘Ardanmoor’

Location

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / CAPTN JAMES MARTEL, / OF SS ARDANMOOR OF GLASGOW / WHICH FOUNDERED WITH ALL HANDS / IN ST GEORGE'S CHANNEL / 26 NOVEMBER 1881 / IN HIS 30TH YEAR', 'IN MEMORY OF / JAMES LENFESTEY MARTEL / SON OF CAPTN. JAMES MARTEL / AND ELIZABETH LIHON LENFESTEY / DROWNED AT WOOSUNG CHINA / 25TH OCTOBER 1897 IN HIS 16TH YEAR / INTERRED 3RD NOVEMBER AT SHANGHAI CEMETERY'

Details

Description: Celtic cross on stepped base, lead letters.
Type: Celtic Cross
Materials: marble
Vessel: Ardanmoor

People

Martel, James
Age: 30
Date of Death: 26/11/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: master
Organisation:

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Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery, London commemorating William Charles Gatton Naish d. 1914

Location

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Transcript

'IN / LOVING / MEMORY / OF / WILLIAM NAISH / WHO DIED 14th NOV 1892 / AGED 53 / ALSO / GEORGE HENRY NAISH WHO DIED 21st DEC 1911 / AGED 25 / ALSO / WILLIAM CHARLES GATTON NAISH / WHO WAS LOST AT SEA 2nd SEPT 1914 / AGED 34 / UNTIL THAT HAPPY EASTER MORNING.'

Details

Description: Headstone with a rounded top, the grave has curbs and green glass chips.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Section 61
Vessel: HMS Hogue

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Naish, William Charles Gatton
Age: 34
Date of Death: 22/9/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: RN

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Hogue' was sunk by 'U9' in the North Sea 22nd October 1914.

All Saints Church, Beckingham, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Beckingham, Lincolnshire commemorating Mrs Margaret Parkinson d. 1904. She was a surviver of the ‘Birkenhead’

Location

All Saints Church, Beckingham, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY / of / MRS MARION PARKINSON / a survivor of the troopship / BIRKENHEAD / wrecked off the Cape / 26th Feby 1852 / under circumstances which / evoked the admiration of / all countries. / She was the daughter of / Drum-Major John R Darkin / of the Queen's Regt. / and died on 17th November 1904. Erected by the Officers and all Ranks / Ist Bn the Queen's Regt.'

Details

Vessel: Birkenhead

People

Parkinson, Marion
Age:
Date of Death: 17/11/1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: David Bevan 'Drums of the Birkenhead' (New Maldon, 1972) p. 142.