Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Church, Husby, Denmark, Rest of the World

Gravestone in Husby, Denmark commemorating Lieutenant James Smallpage RN d. 1857

Location

Church, Husby, Denmark, Rest of the World

Transcript

'James Pickering Smallpage, British Royal Navy, wrecked on the coast of North Jutland near Husby Dec 1857, 31 years old'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Smallpage, James Pickering
Age: 31
Date of Death: 12/1857
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Junior Lieutenant, deserted from HMS 'Cornwallis' in 1855 in Baltic, see Navy List.

Cemetery, West Ham, London, England

Memorial at West Ham Cemetery commemorating Albert Wardale d. 1922 in the loss of the ‘Egypt’

Location

Cemetery, West Ham, London, England

Transcript

'...Rocks and storms I fear no more / When on that eternal shore / Drop the anchor and furl the sail / I am safe within the vale'

Details

Vessel: Egypt

People

Wardale, Albert
Age:
Date of Death: 1922
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Drowned in 'Egypt' foundered off Ushant 1922.
Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 272.

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

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

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.

Beukenhage Cemetery, S. Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, Rest of the World

Memorial in Beukenhage Cemetery, S. Gravenzande, Netherlands commemorating Luois Gysin d. 1907 in the loss of the ‘Berlin’

Location

Beukenhage Cemetery, S. Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, Rest of the World

Transcript

'LOUIS GYSIN / von Liestal Schweiz / 19 Nov 1880 21 Feb 1907 / Schiffskatastrophe des 'Berlin' / 'Es fiel ein Reif in del Fruhlingnacht'

Details

Description: A mourning classical figure in relief below a willow tree. Carved sprays of flowers on either side of the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Gysin, Louis
Age: 26
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Great Eastern Railway ship 'Berlin' wrecked at the Hook of Holland.

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.

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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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).