Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Maryport Maritime Museum, Maryport, Cumbria, England

Plaque in Maryport, Cumbria dedicated to the crew of the barque ‘Midas’, lost in 1898.

Location

Maryport Maritime Museum, Maryport, Cumbria, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF THE / OFFICERS AND CREW/OF THE BARQUE "MIDAS" / WHICH WAS LOST WITH ALL HANDS, / DURING A PASSAGE FROM NAGASKI [sic] TO PORTLAND OREGON / LAST HEARD OF 15TH FEBRUARY 1898 / NAMES OF CREW / CAPT. T. MESSENGER / IST MATE, R. RICHMOND / 2ND MATE G.H. JENKINS / BOATSWAIN A. THOMPSON / CARPENTER J. SHORT / STEWARD J. T. ARMSTRONG / COOK, L. S. JAMS / A.B: G.W. SWAN / A.B: F.N. DAVIS / A.B: F. ROSS / A.B: S. GORDON / A.B: J. COLLIGAM / A.B: J. URRAY / A.B: ADAMAMLING / A.B: E. SCOTT / APPRENTICES / E. BURNETT / A. THOMAS / A.F. LIGHT / ... / W. MESSENGER / Safe at anchor now they rest with many of their fleet / but once again they will set sail their Saviour Christ to meet.'

Details

Description: Brass plaque on wooden base.


Type: Plaque
Materials: Wood, brass
Vessel: Midas

People

Adamamling
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Armstrong, J.T.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Burnett, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Colligam, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Davis, F.N.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seamen
Organisation:
Gordon, S.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Jams, L.S.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Jenkins, G.H.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Mate
Organisation:
Light, A.F.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Messenger, T
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Richmond, R.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Mate
Organisation:
Ross, F.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Scott, E.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Short, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation:
Swan, G.W.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Thomas, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice
Organisation:
Thompson, A.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation:
Urray, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 14/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seamen
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Erected by public subscription in Maryport Seamen's Mission in 1898, moved to thr seamen's Bethel in Workington in 1927 when the mission closed, then to London when this closed in 1974. Willie Messenger was the Captain's nephew.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Willie Tillett d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIE TILLETT aged 18 Lost with his father in the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea January 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Glance

People

Tillett, Willie
Age: 18
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).

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating John Precious d. 1907

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Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / JOHN PRECIOUS, / CAPTAIN OF THE G.E.R. R. M.S.BERLIN, / WHO WAS DROWNED OFF / THE HOOK OF HOLLAND, / 21 FEB 1907 / AGED 45 YEARS.'

Details

Description: A carved anchor and chain on a rock, now damaged.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Precious, John
Age: 45
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Templetrine Church of Ireland, Templetrine, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Memorial at Templetrine Church of Ireland, Templetrine, County Cork, Republic of Ireland commemorating Anne Powell, d.1822

Location

Templetrine Church of Ireland, Templetrine, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'Anne Powell, Spinster was a passenger in the ship ALBION (wrecked on this coast on the 22nd April 1822) and perished with many others but her body being recovered from the sea received from the charity of strangers, Christian burial in the cemetery of this church. In grateful memory whereof this marble is inscribed by WDP'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: North Wall
Vessel: Albion

People

Powell, Anne
Age: 35
Date of Death: 22/4/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Anne Powell was the daughter of William Drummer Powell, the chief justice of Upper Canada. Anne was among the passengers who assisted at the pumps in the effort to save the packet ship Albion when it was struck by a gale off the south coast of Ireland.

Bibliography: Chris Raible 'All for Love', 'Beaver' vol. 72, pp.32-37, (Dec/Jan 1992-3); Ruth O'Connell 'Templetrine Church, a history'.

St Mary's Church, Ascension Island, Rest of the World

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Ascension Island, to crew members of HMS ‘Flora’, drowned in a boat accident in 1879

 

Location

St Mary's Church, Ascension Island, Rest of the World

Transcript

'IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF THE UNDERMENTIONED / PETTY OFFICERS OF H.M.S FLORA (TENDER) WHO WERE DROWNED / OFF PILLAR POINT BY THE BARGE STRIKING ON THE ROCKS / WHILST CRUISING ROUND THE ISLAND ON 30th AUGUST 1879 / MICHAEL PIGGOTT, CHIEF E.R.A. AGED 41 YEARS / WILLIAM B. COOK WRITER. AGED 23 YEARS / HENRY BLACKHURST E.R.A. AGED 22 YEARS / HENRY GORING, GUNNERS MATE. AGED 33 YEARS / WILLIAM JENKINS CAULKER AGED 35 YEARS / THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS / SEAMEN AND MARINES OF THE ISLAND / AS A TOKEN OF THEIR ESTEEM / "AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN IT" REV XX 13'

Details

Description: Relief above the inscription of the barge off a rock on which is a cross.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Flora

People

Blackhurst, Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engine Room Artificer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Cook, William Beriah
Age: 23
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Writer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Goring, Henry
Age: 33
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner's mate
Organisation: Royal Navy
Jenkins, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Caulker
Organisation: Royal Navy
Piggott, Michael
Age: 41
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engine Room Artificer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Colette Bassford

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating William John Moor d. 1907

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Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'WRECK OF THE S.S. 'BERLIN'/ OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND. / IN LOVING MEMORY OF / WILLIAM JOHN MOOR / CHIEF STEWARD / WHO WAS DROWNED 21ST FEBRUARY 1907. / AGED 48 YEARS. / HIS LAST NOBLE AND HEROIC ACT WILL EVER / BE RETAINED IN OUR MEMORIES. ALSO OF CHARLOTTE CAROLINE, / WIFE OF THE ABOVE, WHO DIED 30TH AUG 1921 / AGED 57' [On the kerbstones] 'ALSO OF HUBERT CLAUDE MOOR / KILLED IN FRANCE 1916 AGED 18 YEARS.'

Details

Description: A carved memorial with a statue of a cherub scattering roses on Moor's grave at the top. The figure stands on a rock on which is placed an anchor with a chain and a laurel wreath with a ribbon inscribed 'HERO'. A photograph of W.J. Moor was placed above the inscription (now damaged). The grave has kerbstones and chains (now missing). The surface is covered with marble chips.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Moor, William John
Age: 46
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Steward
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

Extra

All Saints' Church, Lydd, Kent, England

Headstone at All Saints’ Church, Lydd, Kent commemorating Andrew Finlay d. 1835

Location

All Saints' Church, Lydd, Kent, England

Transcript

' In / MEMORY OF / CAPT. ANDREW FINLAY / OF SUNDERLAND WHO WAS / SHIPWRECKED / AND DROWNED IN THE EAST BAY / OF LYDD OCTR. 26TH 1835.'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Finlay, Andrew
Age:
Date of Death: 26/10/1835
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

St Sampson's Church, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Memorial at  St Sampson, Guernsey commemorating the passengers and crew of the ‘Channel Queen’ wrecked 1898

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Location

St Sampson's Church, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

[East panel] 'TO THE MEMORY OF THE / PASSENGERS AND CREW WHO / PERISHED IN THE WRECK OF THE / 'CHANNEL QUEEN' / ON THE NORTH COAST OF GUERNSEY / IST FEBRUARY 1898. / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION' [North Panel] 'PASSSENGERS / FRANK COWELL OF PLYMOUTH / DOLLY AYRES [OF PLYMOUTH] / SEAMEN / ALFRED SCAWN, ENGINEER OF PLYMOUTH, / CHARLES THOMPSON, COOK [OF PLYMOUTH] / HENRY DAVEY A.B. [OF PLYMOUTH], / HENRY HAWKINS, GREASER [OF PLYMOUTH], / JOHN FUDGE, FIREMAN OF JERSEY, /OUT OF THE DEEP HAVE I CALLED UNTO THE LORD' [South panel] FRANCOIS BELLEC, DE ST POL DE LÉON / YVES MILIN, [DE ST POL DE LÉON] / FRANCOIS VELLY, [DE ST POL DE LÉON] / CLAUDE CORRE [ST POL DE LÉON ] / YVES LE NENN, [ST POL DE LÉON] / PAUL LE ROUX, DE ROSCOFF / HENRI CREIGNOU, [DE ROSCOFF] / FRANCOIS LE BIHAN, [DE ROSCOFF] / JEAN-MARIE LE BIHAM, [DE ROSCOFF] / ESPRIT KERBIRION, [DE ROSCOFF] / JEAN-MARIE CORRE, [DE ROSCOFF] / JOSEPH TANGUY, [DE ROSCOFF] / CHARLES CABIOCH, [DE ROSCOFF] / YVES ARGOUARCH, DE SANTEC / DE PROFUNDIS CLAMAVI AD TE DOMINE'

Details

Description: In the form of a rock with a cross at the top within granite kerbs and railings.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Dartmoor granite
Artists: Harry Hem & Sons
Vessel: Channel Queen

People

Argouarch, Yves
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Ayres, Dolly
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Bellec, Francois
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Cabioch, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Corre, Jean-Marie
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Corre, Claude
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Cowell, Frank
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Creignou, Henri
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Davey, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Fudge, John
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Hawkins, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation:
Kerbirion, Esprit
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Bihan, Francois
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Bihan, Jean-Marie
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Nenn, Yves
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Roux, Paul
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Milin, Yves
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Scawn, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation:
Tanguy, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Thompson, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Velly, Francois
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Gravestone at Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby commemorating Henry Davy d. 1911 in the loss of the SS ‘Persia’

Location

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of Henry Davy chief engineer of the ill fated 'SS Persia' which was lost with all hands in the North Sea on or about 16 April 1911, aged 57 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Persia

People

Davy, Henry
Age: 57
Date of Death: 16/4/1911
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation:

Extra

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in Rame, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas Hicks d. 1890

Location

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN / MEMORIAM / RICHARD HOCKEN / DIED DECEMBER 20TH 18.. / AGED 72 YEARS / Also / EDGAR HOCKEN / GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE / DIED OCTOBER 7TH 1890 / AGED 15 MONTHS / Also / THOMAS HICKS / LATE BOATSWAIN OF H.M.S. SERPENT / WHO WAS LOST ON THE COAST OF SPAIN / ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 10TH 1890 / AGED 38 YEARS / AND THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP HER DEAD'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Serpent

People

Hicks, Thomas
Age: 38
Date of Death: 10/11/1890
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Bosun
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Bosun HMS 'Serpent' wrecked near Corcubion Bay, N. Spain 10/11/1890.