Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Michael's Church, Inveresk, East Lothian, Scotland

Memorial at St Michael’s Church, Inveresk commemorating Captain William Buller Fullerton Elphinstone RN d. 1893, Captain Charles Elphinstone d. 1807 in the loss of HMS ‘Blenheim’ and George James Elphinstone RN d. 1879

Location

St Michael's Church, Inveresk, East Lothian, Scotland

Transcript

[Panel one] 'THE / MASTER OF ELPHINSTONE / DIED 9TH NOVR 1890 / WILLIAM BULLER FULLERTON / 15TH LORD ELPHINSTONE / BORN 18TH NOVEMBER 1828 / DIED 18 JANUARY 1893 / THE HON CONSTANCE LOTHIAN ELPHINSTONE / BORN 5TH OCTOBER 1873 / DIED 18TH MARCH 1895' [Central panel] 'TO THE MEMORY OF / THE HON WILLIAM FULLERTON ELPHINSTONE / SECOND SON OF CHARLES TENTH LORD ELPHINSTONE / BORN SEPTEMBER 1740 DIED MAY 1834 / ALSO TO / ELIZABETH HIS WIFE / DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM FULLERTON OF CARSTAIRS / AND NIECE OF JOHN FULLERTON OF CARBERRY / BORN JANUARY 1758 DIED MAY 1849 / TO CLEMENTINA / WIFE OF SIR PULTENEY MALCOLM G.C.B. / DIED NOVEMBER 1830 / TO JOHN FULLERTON DIED 12TH MARCH 1854 / TO CHARLES / CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY / LOST IN H.M. SHIP BLENHEIM FEBRUARY 1807 / TO ELIZABETH DIED OCTOBER 1802 / TO MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM KEITH / DIED IN INDIA APRIL 1842 / TO ANNA DIED 29TH AUGUST 1850 / TO DIANA MARIA / ONLY CHILD OF CHARLES CLAVERING ESQ. / WIFE OF LIEU-COL J. / D. ELPHINSTONE / BORN 8TH JUNE 1801 DIED 24TH DECEMBER 1821 / INTERRED IN THIS VAULT / ANNA MARIA / WIFE OF LIEUT-COL JAMES DRUMMOND BULLER ELPHINSTONE / DAUGHTER OF VICE ADMIRAL SIR EDWARD BULLER BART / BORN 3D NOVEMBER 1799 DIED AT CARBERRY 26TH FEBRUARY 1845 / LIEUT-COL JAMES FULLERTON ELPHINSTONE / 4TH SON OF THE HONBLE W.F. ELPHINSTONE / BORN 4TH MAY 1788 / DIED AT CARBERRY 8TH MARCH 1857' [Panel 3] 'THE HON J.F. ELPHINSTONE / BORN APRIL 1837 / CAPT. AND LIEUT COL / SCOTS FUSILIER GUARDS / DIED AND BURIED AT CUATHALOUGHA CO. TIPPERARY / NOVR 1874 / THE HON G.J. ELPHINSTONE / ROYAL NAVY / BORN 1841 / DIED AND BURIED ON / THE ISLAND OF LISMORE / 1879 / THE HON. GERTRUDE ELPHINSTONE / WIFE OF JAMES HOPE / OF BELMONT / BORN 17TH FEB 1826 / DIED 29TH MARCH 1894 / THE HON. ELIZABETH MARY ELPHINSTONE / WIDOW OF THE VERY REVD JAMES MONTGOMERY / DEAN OF EDINBURGH / BORN 17TH NOVR 1834 / DIED 24TH SEPT 1902 / THE HON. EDWARD BULLER ELPHINSTONE / BORN 1832 DIED 1915 / THE HON ANNA MARIA ELPHINSTONE / WIDOW OF HENRY MONTGOMERY / BORN 1830 DIED 1913 / THE HON CLEMENTINA ELPHINSTONE / WIDOW OF COLONEL DOUGLAS JONES / BORN 1827 DIED 1916'

Details

Description: Arms centre top, wreaths above side panels
Type: Memorial
Position: North west corner of churchyard
Materials: Grey sandstone
Vessel: HMS Blenheim

People

Elphinstone, William Buller Fullerton
Age:
Date of Death: 18/1/1893
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Elphinstone, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 2/1807
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Elphinstone, George James
Age:
Date of Death: 1879
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.

Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

Memorial at Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesea commemorating the crew of ‘Primrose Hill’ wrecked 1900

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Location

Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

Transcript

[On scroll on rock] 'IN SACRED MEMORY / OF THE / SHIP / PRIMROSE HILL / WRECKED AT / PENRHOST EILW / 28 DEC 1900', '33 WERE DROWNED, ALL THE CREW EXCEPT ONE; / 27 BODIES FOUND, 12 IDENTIFIED, AND SIX NOT RECOVERED', 'THIS MEMORIAL WAS RAISED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION', 'IN THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE SEA; THY RIGHT HAND / SHALL HOLD ME. PSALM CXXXIX', 'HE BROUGHT DOWN MY STRENGTH IN MY YOUTH AND SHORTENED MY DAYS. PSALM CII', 'INTERRED WITHIN THIS ENCLOSURE ARE ALSO 15 BODIES / UNIDENTIFIED AND UNCLAIMED / SOMEBODY'S DARLINGS.'

Details

Description: A figure of Hope, with right arm raised, holding an anchor standing on a rock with a second anchor and chain on top of a three stepped plinth. The lettering inlaid with lead.
Type: Statue
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Primrose Hill

People

Ashdown, C.F.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Bangur, Javas
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Barnes, E.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Berg, E.R.
Age: 17
Date of Death: 28/12/1901
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Bowers, H.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Brown, D.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Burdett, W. F.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Burns, John
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Cakebread, S.O.
Age: 17
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice.
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Carlson, Julius
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Cohn, E.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Comperlie, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Crowe, J.G.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Degar, F.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Edwards, Cyril
Age: 17
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Freeze, W.T.
Age: 17
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Harding, A. D.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Harwood, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Huggins, Herbert
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Hughes, H.
Age: 56
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Mate
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Kelson, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Lagagor, E.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Lloyd, John
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior officer.
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Lyahannan, C.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Moss, Christian
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Muller, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Partington, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Piliala, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Richards, John C.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Rogenthal, F.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Wilson, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master.
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Wilson, L.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool
Wood, F.S.
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1900
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: W. Price, Liverpool

Extra

Notes: 'Primrose Hill' wrecked off South stack 28/12/1900.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p.156. 'The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent' (31 December 1900) p.5.

All Saints Church, Catherington, Hampshire, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Catherington, Hampshire commemorating Rear-Admiral Christopher Cradock d. 1914

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Location

All Saints Church, Catherington, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF REAR ADMIRAL SIR CHRISTOPHER CRADOCK / KILLED IN ACTION OFF CORONEL / ALL SAINTS DAY 1914. HIS BODY RESTS / IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN OF KEITH BARNES RECTOR OF CATTISTO[N] / BY WHOSE INSPIRATION THE EAST / WINDOE & REREDOS WERE ERECTED / AND OF ALBERT W.S. BARNES WITH / WHOM MANY HAPPY YEARS WERE / SPENT AT ST CATHERINES / MARY BARNES 1925'

Details

Type: Cross
Position: Centre of entrance path
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1925

Event

Battle of Cape Coronel

Event Date

1914

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Cradock, Christopher
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Erected in 1925 by Mary C. Barnes.

Central Square, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Memorial in Central Square, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland commemorating those who died in the loss of SS ‘Lusitania’ 1915

Location

Central Square, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

[Above] 'TO THE MEMORY OF ALL WHO PERISHED BY / THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA MAY.7.1915 / AND IN THE CAUSE OF UNIVERSAL AND / LASTING PEACE', [Below] 'LABORE EST ORARE / TO ALL WHO HELPED IN THE RESCUE. GAVE AID AND COMFORT / TO THE SURVIVORS AND BURIED THE DEAD'

Details

Description: The winged figure of peace above trampling a sword underfoot. Two figures of mourning fishermen below.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Stone, bronze
Vessel: SS Lusitania

Extra

Bibliography: Patrick O'Sullivan 'Lusitania, unravelling the mysteries' (Cork, 1998) p. 87 (photo).

Town centre, Helston, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Helston, Cornwall dedicated to Henry Trengrouse d. 1854

Location

Town centre, Helston, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'Gun from H.M.S. Anson wrecked on Loe bar, Porthleven 29th December 1807. This gun was salvaged by naval skin divers of the ship's company H.M.S. Seahawk. The mounting and carriage replica of the original was constructed at H.M.S. Seahawk and presented by the descendants of Henry Trengrouse of Helston inventor of the life saving line throwing apparatus as a tribute to his memory 26 November 1965'

Details

Vessel: HMS Anson

People

Trengrouse, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1854
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996).pp. 61-2 (illustration).

Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, England

Memorial in the Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London commemorating Charles Melville Hays d. 1912 in the loss of the RMS ‘Titanic’

Location

Church of Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / Charles Melville Hays / President of the Grand Trunk / And Grand Trunk Pacific Railway / Companies of Canada, Who Lost His Life on April 15th 1912, By the Foundering/in Mid-Atlantic, of the Steamship / 'TITANIC', through Collision With An / Iceberg, While on Her Maiden Voyage / From Southampton to New York / A memorial Service Was held in This / Church Simultaneously With One at / Montreal, On Thursday, April 25th 1912 / This Tablet With The kind Permission of The / Rector And Churchwardens, Was Placed Here / By the Directors Of the Grand Trunk Railway / Company of Canada, In Recognition of Mr Hays / Great Services To the Company, And of His / High Character in Public and Private Life'

Details

Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Hays, Charles Melville
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial in St James’s Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Margaret Gardner d. 1850 in the loss of the SS ‘Orion’

Location

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Margaret Gardner, drowned in the steamship 'Orion' off Port Patrick, Scotland 18 June 1850 age 9'

Details

Vessel: SS Orion

People

Gardner, Margaret
Age: 9
Date of Death: 18/6/1850
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From an MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d.1886, vol.6, p. 237.

South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England

Memorial on the South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire commemorating the crew of the lifeboat ‘Laura Janet’ who died in 1886  attempting to rescue the crew of the ‘Mexico’

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Location

South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / IN MEMORY OF / WILLIAM JOHNSON COXSWAIN / CHARLES TIMS SUB COXSWAIN / OLIVER HODSON BOWMAN / THOMAS BONNEY / JAMES BONNEY / NICHOLAS PARKINSON / JAMES M. DOBSON / JAMES JOHNSON / RICHARD FISHER / JOHN P. WIGNALL / THOMAS PARKINSON / JAMES HARRISON/REUBEN A. TIMS / THE CREW OF THE ST ANNES LIFEBOAT / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY A GALLANT ATTEMPT TO RESCUE THE CREW/OF THE GERMAN BARQUE MEXICO / WRECKED OFF SOUTHPORT ON THE NIGHT OF THE 9TH DECEMBER 1886.'

Details

Description: Lifeboatman standing on a rock.
Type: Memorial
Date Erected: 1887
Artists: William Birnie Rhind
Vessel: Laura Janet, Mexico

People

Bonney, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Bonney, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Dobson, James M.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Fisher, Richard
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Harrison, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Hodson, Oliver
Age: 39
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Johnson, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Johnson, James
Age: 45
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Parkinson, Nicholas
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Parkinson, Thomas
Age: 28
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Tims, Charles
Age: 43
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Tims, Reuben
Age: 30
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fish dealer
Organisation:
Wignall, John P.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Commemorates the men of lifeboat 'Laura Janet' who were lost in an attempt to rescue the crew of the German barque 'Mexico'. The figure on the top, though intended to represent the whole crew, is supposed to have the features of the coxswain William Johnson. Signed 'W.B. RHIND. SC. EDINBURGH'.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 84; J.C. Dibden and John Ayling 'The Book of the Lifeboat' (Edinburgh and London, 1894) p. 18.

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet in Falmouth, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas Guppy. d. 1884

Location

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / THOMAS STOKES GUPPY, SUB-LIEUTENANT R.N. / AGED 22 YEARS / WHO WITH 49 OTHERS WAS DROWNED IN THE WRECK OF H.M. / GUNBOAT 'WASP', OFF TORY ISLAND N.W. COAST OF IRELAND / SEPTR 22ND 1884 / BURIED AT GLENCOLUMBKILLE C. DONEGAL / 'HE BRINGETH THEM UNTO THE HAVEN WHERE THEY WOULD BE.' PS. CVII. 30'

Details

Description: Plain plaque with canted corners.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Wasp

People

Guppy, Thomas Stokes
Age: 22
Date of Death: 22/09/1884
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Memorial in the Liverpool Necropolis, commemorating Captain Christopher William Finlay d. 1845 in the loss of the ‘Calargui’

Location

Liverpool Necropolis, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain Christopher William FINLAY. Captain of the ship Calargui who with 416 souls perished on the 4th August 1845 in the ill-fated vessel on her voyage to Fort Phillip with Emigrants'

Details

Vessel: Calargui

People

Finlay, Christopher William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1845
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office. Compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 8, p. 593. Liverpool Necropolis closed in 1898 and a public garden was later laid out on the site.