Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland commemorating Captain John McNeill Boyd RN and other men of the coastguard, lost in a lifesaving attempt in 1861

Location

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'In memory of Captain John McNeill Boyd R.N.; John Curry, Able Seaman; Thomas Murray, Able Seaman; John Russell, ordinary seaman, James Johnson, ordinary seaman; Alexander Forsythe, ordinary seaman; who lost their lives on the outside of the east pier at Kingstown, in noble efforts to rescue the crew of the wrecked brig Neptune, during a fearful gale from the E.N.E. on the 9th February 1861. To commemorate the death of six brave sailors of H.M.S. Ajax this monument is raised. The providence of God ordained that they should die, not on board their ship defending their country, but as Christian men seeking to save their perishing brethren. They glorified God, whose waves went over them, by a death not unmeet for Christian Britain. Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends. John IV. 13. Erected by the Commodore Hastings R Yelverton, C.B. Controller-General of the Coast Guard, the officers and ship's company (including tenders) of H.M.S. Ajax and the officers and men of the Kingstown district Coast Guard.'

Details

Description: A broken mast on a rectangular plinth.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Ajax

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Curry, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Forsythe, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Johnson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Murray, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Russell, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane. Memorial also commemorates crew members lost at the same time who are buried in this cemetery.
Bibliography: 'Illustrated London News' (5 Oct 1861), p357.
Recorder: Christine Parkes, 5/3/1982

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Charles Osborne d. 1883

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'CHARLES OSBORNE aged 44 lost in the Smack 'Pride' in the North Sea Dec 12 1883'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Pride

People

Osborne, Charles
Age: 44
Date of Death: 12/12/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St Peter's Church, Heversham, Cumbria, England

Wall tablet in Heversham, Cumbria dedicated to Joseph Fayrer d. 1801

Location

St Peter's Church, Heversham, Cumbria, England

Transcript

'To the Memory of / CAPTAIN JOSEPH FAYRER of Milnthorpe, who died / at Cape Coast Castle, on the coast of Africa Jan. 11th 1801, aged 55. / Also of BRIDGET his Wife, who died March 14th 1807, Aged 52 / Also of EDWARD BIRBECK FAYRER their third Son, / A Midshipman of the Royal Navy, who died in the / Service of his Country being one of the unfortunate / Crew of H.M.S. Defence, lost in a Storm off the / entrance of the Baltic Dec. 23rd 1811, Aged 21 / This stone is erected to the Memory of his deceased / Parents and Brother, by R. I. Fayrer / Lieutenant of the R.N.'

Details

Description: Black limestone rectangular slab with feet, on a granite mount with plain feet, a pediment-shaped top. The black inscription tablet has a shelf above and is surmounted by an urn in relief.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chanel North wall
Materials: Black limestone
Vessel: HMS Defence

People

Fayrer, Joseph
Age: 55
Date of Death: 11/1/1801
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Fayrer, Edward Birkbeck
Age: 21
Date of Death: 23/12/1811
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Wall tablet at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich commemorating the officers and men who died in the wreck of HMS ‘Orpheus’ 1863

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Location

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF THE OFFICERS AND 166 PETTY OFFICERS SEAMEN AND MARINES / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE WRECK OF / HER MAJESTY'S SHIP ORPHEUS / ON THE MANUKAU BAR, NEW ZEALAND ON THE 7TH FEBRUARY 1863. / COMMODORE W. FARQUHARSON BURNETT C.B. / COMMANDER ROBERT H. BURTON. / LIEUTENANTS W.F.W. MUDGE AND ARTHUR JEKYLL, / MASTER W. D. STRONG. / LIEUTENANT EDWARD E. HILL R.M.A. / CHAPLAIN THE REV. CHARLES B. HASLEWOOD M.A. / CHIEF ENGINEER SAMUEL STEPHENS. / SECRETARY ASSIST-PAYMASTER W.H.P. GILHAM. / ASSIST-SURGEON JAMES CLARKSON. / SECOND MASTER W.H. TAYLOR. / MIDSHIPMEN A.R. MALLOCK, T.H. BROUGHTON AND GEORGE H. VERNER. / CLERK H.N. AYLEN. / MASTERS ASSISTANT JOHN H. TOZER. / ENGINEER JOHN H. ADAMS. ASSIST-ENGINEERS JOHN VICERY. E.J. MILLER, W. ADAMSON AND G.F. GOSSAGE. / GUNNER, W. HUDSON. / ALSO OF THE UNDER-MENTIONED SURVIVING OFFICERS OF THE WRECK / WHO HAVE SINCE DIED ON DUTY: / LIEUTENANTS, CHARLES HILL AND DUKE YOUNGE / MIDSHIPMEN, BERNAL FIELDING AND HENRY BARKLY. / ERECTED AS A TOKEN OF ADMIRATION OF THE DISCIPLINE / AND HEROISM DISPLAYED BY ALL ON BOARD / 1882'

Details

Description: A marble inscription tablet with a bronze relief depicting the wreck inset above.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble, bronze
Vessel: HMS Orpheus

People

Adams, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Adamson, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Aylen, H. N.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk
Organisation: Royal Navy
Broughton, T. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burnett, W. Farquharson
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commodore RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burton, Robert H
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Clarkson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gilham, W. H. P.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Secretary Assistant Paymaster
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gossage, G. F.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Haslewood, Charles B.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chaplain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hill, Edward E.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RMA
Organisation: Royal Marine Artillery
Hudson, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Jekyll, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mallack, A. R.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Miller, E. J.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mudge, W. F. W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Stephens, Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Strong, W. D.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Taylor, W. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tozer, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master's assistant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Verner, George H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Vicery, John
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Fund raised at instigation of Charles George Brooke-Hunt, ex midshipman in 'Orpheus' for this monument 1881.
Bibliography: Roy M. Hetherington 'The wreck of HMS Orpheus-New Zealand's Worst sea disaster' (Auckland, 1968).

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Cuthbert Williams d. 1898 in the loss of SS ‘Dunbar’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving / memory of / David / the beloved husband of / Elizabeth Williams / who departed this life / Novr 29th 1879 / aged 29 years /Also of their beloved and only son / Cuthbert Williams / who was lost through the foundering of / the S.S. Dunbar in the Black Sea / Jan 23rd 1898 in his 22nd year / Also of Elizabeth Rolf / who died March 11th 1916 / Aged 91 years.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Dunbar

People

Williams, Cuthbert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 23/1/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in St Ives, Cornwall dedicated to William Carbines d. 1912

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Location

Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'ihs / In / LOVING MEMORY OF / ANN, THE BELOVED WIFE OF / WILLIAM CARBINES / WHO / DIED 2ND OCTOBER 1904 / AGED 80 YEARS / "WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER." / ALSO OF THOMAS , BELOVED SON OF / SAMUEL & PEGGY W. COCKING; / AND GRAND-SON OF THE ABOVE / WHO DIED 29 APRIL, 1906 / AGED 22 YEARS / HIS END WAS PEACE / ALSO OF THE ABOVE / WILLIAM CARBINES, / WHO DIED 21ST OCTR. 1908 / AGED 85 YEARS, / THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT / ALSO OF / WILLIAM CARBINES / GRAND-SON OF THE ABOVE AND BELOVED SON OF / NICHOLAS AND JANE CARBINES, / WHO WAS DROWNED ON BOARD THE S.S. TITANIC, / 14TH APRIL 1912 / AGED 19 YEARS, / NEARER MY GOD TO THEE / NEARER TO THEE'

Details

Description: Marble headstone with lead lined lettering.


Type: Gravestone
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Titanic

People

Carbines, William
Age: 19
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating William Cochran d. 1883 in the loss of the ‘City of Brussels’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of Emma, the beloved wife of William Cochran, who departed this life 3rd March 1883 aged 58 years. Also WILLIAM, eldest son of the above, who lost his life in the collision between the Inman Steamer 'CITY OF BRUSSELS' and S.S.'KIRBY HALL' off this port, 7th January 1883, aged 30 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Q765
Vessel: City of Brussels, SS Kirby Hall

People

Cochran, William
Age: 58
Date of Death: 7/1/1883
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Inman Line

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Lieutenant Ronald Sycamore Frost RN d. 1941

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Lt Ronald Sycamore Frost R.N.R.32 H.M. Submarine P33 sunk in Mediterranean by enemy action 20 Aug 1941'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: P33

People

Frost, Ronald Sycamore
Age: 32
Date of Death: 20/8/1941
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Notes: P33 presumed mined off Tripoli formerly paid off 20.8.1941. Also commemorated by granite gravestone in the churchyard.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

The Green, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England

Fountain on the Green, Shipton-under-Wychwood commemorating parishioners who died in the loss of the ‘Cospatrick’ in  1874

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Location

The Green, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England

Transcript

[East side] 'The fountain was erected by public subscription in the year 1878 in memory of the 17 parishioners who perished in the Cospatrick by fire on her voyage to New Zealand Nov. 17 1874. This plate was affixed as a memento of the coronation of King Edward VII' [South side] 'Henry Townsend aged 62, Ann his wife aged 53, George Charter aged 31, Jane Townsend his wife aged 35 and their two children, Henry Hedges aged 30, Mary Townsend his wife aged 30 and their three children' [North side] 'Richard Hedges aged 56, Sarah his wife aged 53, John Hedges aged 24, Sarah his wife aged 22, Thomas Hedges aged 27, Charles Hedges aged 18 sons of Richard and Sarah Hedges', 'The tree opposite was planted by Mrs K Wiggins and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Cospatrick disaster' [West side] John Ch. IV Verse 13 & 14'

Details

Description: Obelisk on a square gothic plinth with columns at the corners. Lion's head spout. Inscription on triangular brass plates.
Type: Fountain
Materials: Sandstone
Vessel: Cospatrick

People

Charter, George
Age: 31
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Charter, Jane
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Henry
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Mary
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Richard
Age: 56
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, John
Age: 24
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Sarah
Age: 22
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Thomas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Charles
Age: 18
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Townsend, Henry
Age: 62
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Townsend, Ann
Age: 53
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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St Michael and All Angels Church, Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Tablet in St Michael and All Angels Church, Melksham commemorating Frederick and Augusta Goodwin and their six children d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

St Michael and All Angels Church, Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Transcript

'On Sunday 14 April 1912 the SS Titanic on her first voyage to America with 2207 souls aboard struck an Iceberg and sank in less than 3 hours only 705 being saved. Amongst those who were doomed was a whole family from this Parish Frederick and Augusta Goodwin with their six children Lilian, Charles, William, Jessie, Harold, Sidney. The children were all in the Sunday School and the three older boys in the choir of this church'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: Set in pillar on east side nave
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Goodwin, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Augusta
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Lilian
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, William
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Jessie
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Harold
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Sidney
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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