Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Gravestone at Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey commemorating John Toll d. 1879 in the loss of the ‘Lizzie’ and Walter George Toll d. 1897 in the loss of the ‘Rose of Devon’

Location

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'Sacred / to the memory of / John Toll / Lost at sea Nov 22nd 1879 / Aged 29 years. / ...and their son / Walter G.S. / Lost at sea Nov 28th 1897 / aged 22 years...'

Details

Vessel: Lizzie, Rose of Devon

People

Toll, John
Age: 29
Date of Death: 22/11/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Toll, Walter George S.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 28/11/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:

Extra

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

Church, Church of St Ffraed, Llanon, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at the church of St Ffraed, Llanon, Ceredigion commemorating Evan William Sweeney d. 1941 following the loss of the SS ‘Empire Endurance’

Location

Church, Church of St Ffraed, Llanon, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'Evan William, died through enemy action on the S.S. Empire Endurance May 4, 1941, aged 28 years, son of Robert and Anne Jane Sweeney of this place'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: SS Empire Endurance

People

Sweeney, Evan William
Age: 28
Date of Death: 4/5/1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Second Cook and baker
Organisation: Ministry of War Transport

Extra

Notes: SS 'Empire Endurance' torpedoed by 'U-73' on 20 April 1941. Some crew members not rescued until a boat was found on the 9th May. Most of the occupants had already died of exposure and of the seven picked up, three died shortly afterwards.

Beauregard, Sark, Channel Islands

Obelisk at Beauregard, Sark commemorating Mansell Renouf and four of his passengers who died due to the loss of a sailing gig in 1868

Location

Beauregard, Sark, Channel Islands

Transcript

'In memory of Jeremiah Giles Pilcher Esq., J.P. D.L. Merchant of London, Agnew Giffard Esq. C. E. Walter J Giffard his brother, Dr C. S. Gatehouse and Mansell Renouf boatman who embarked in a sailing gig from the bay below this spot at 5pm on the 19th October 1868 and were all lost during a squall of wind which shortly afterwards arose, with heavy rain and thick darkness. "Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of the waterspouts. All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me." Psalm XLII V. 7. To the praise of Almighty God who tempereth his judgement with mercy and in humble submission to His holy will. This stone of remembrance is erected by the widow and children of the late Jeremiah Giles Pilcher, to mark their tender love for so excellent a husband and father and their deep and bitter sorrow for his loss, also to urge upon others, through the grace and mercy of God our saviour CAUTION AND WARNING. "Thy way is in the sea and Thy paths in the great waters and thy footsteps are not known." Psalm LXXVLI V. 19. This stone of remembrance was restored in 1968 by Beatrice Haigh Born 17th April 1890 died 14th March 1973 granddaughter of Jeremiah Pilcher she is remembered with affection by her cousins Nadine Bonsor, Alexandre Meynell and their mother Nadine Killearn nee Pilcher'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Materials: Granite
Artists: Blisson, W. T. Collings

People

Gatehouse, C. S.
Age: 52
Date of Death: 19/10/1868
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Giffard, Agnew
Age:
Date of Death: 19/10/1868
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Gifford, Walter J.
Age:
Date of Death: 19/10/1868
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Pilcher, Jeremiah Giles
Age:
Date of Death: 19/10/1868
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Renouf, Mansell
Age:
Date of Death: 19/10/1868
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Boatman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Jeremiah Gile Pilcher also has a tomb in West Norwood Cemetery, London.
Bibliography: 'Guernsey Star' (14 Sept 1869); David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).

Parish Church, Castel, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Tomb at Castel, Guernsey commemorating the crew of ‘L’Europe’ wrecked in 1849

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Location

Parish Church, Castel, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

[North panel] 'Ici sont repose les corps les marins' [South panel] 'Mehuet, Jean Marie, Master / Mehuet, Clothaire, Mate / Le Couet, Guillaume, seaman / Le Grand, Louis, seaman / Kermorgan, seaman / Chemise, seaman / Rosier, seaman / Megat, seaman / Vasal, Jules, seaman / Lavirin, seaman' [Not in full] [West panel] 'LES MARINS VOIENT DE DIEU / LES OEUVRES MERVEILLEUSES. / QUAND ILS SONT AU MILIEAU / DES VAGUES PERILLEUSES. / S'ILS LUI FONT EN TOUS TEMPS / PAR JESUS LEUR PRIERE. / CE GRAND MAITRE DES VENTS / SE MONTRERA LEUR PERE.', 'ALORS REMPLIE DE PAIX / AU MOMENT DU NAUFRAGE / LEUR AME POUR JAMAIS / A L'ABRI DE L'ORAGE. / IRA DU CREATEUR / ADORER LA PUISSANCE / ET DE SON REDEMPTEUR / CELEBRER LA CLEMENCE'

Details

Description: A tomb chest on a stepped base. In relief, a depiction of the wreck, and a cross on the east panel.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Portland stone
Vessel: L'Europe

People

Chemise, Chemise
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Kermorgan, Kermorgan
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Lavirin, Lavirin
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Le Couet, Guillaume
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Le Grand, Louis
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Megat, Megat
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Mehuet, Jean Marie
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Mehuet, Clothaire
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Mate
Organisation:
Rosier, Rosier
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Vasal, Jules
Age:
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:

Extra

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

St Mary's Church, Netherbury, Dorset, England

Brass plaque in St Mary’s Church, Netherbury, Dorset, dedicated to Lieutenant Arthur Hood RN d. 1775, Captain Alexander Hood RN d. 1798, and Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood d. 1814

Location

St Mary's Church, Netherbury, Dorset, England

Transcript

'To the Glory of God and in memory of three gallant Dorset sailors sons of Samuel Hood, Purser, Royal Navy, of Kingsland, Netherbury and Ann his wife. Lieutenant Arthur Hood RN (1753-1775)[?] drowned whilst serving in the West Indies on board H.M.S Pomona. Captain Alexander Hood R.N. (1758-1798). Killed in the hour of victory while commanding H.M.S. Mars in her famous duel with the French ship L'Hercule and Admiral Sir Samuel Hood Bart K.B. K.S.K. sometimes M.P. for Bridport who served his country with great devotion under Lord Nelson at Santa Cruz (1797) and in command of H.M.S. Zealous at the glorious Battle of the Nile as well as at Rochfort (1806) where he lost his right arm. He was born at Kingsland 27 November 1762 and died while on active service at Madras, while commander-in-chief in the East Indies 24 November 1814'

Details

Type: Brass
Materials: Brass
Date Erected: 1914
Vessel: HMS Pomona, HMS Mars

Event

Battle of the Nile

Event Date

1798

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Hood, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 1775
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hood, Alexander
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/4/1798
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hood, Samuel
Age: 52
Date of Death: 24/12/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral of the White
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Erected 1914, paid for by public subscription.
Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 195, (Greenwich, 1987).

St Peter's Church, Bromshaw, Hampshire, England

Memorial in St Peter’s Church, Bromshaw, Hampshire commemorating those from this parish lost in ‘Titanic’  1912.

Location

St Peter's Church, Bromshaw, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'There shall be no more sea (Rev XXXI:1) In memory of Percy Deacon Aged 17 William Dibden 18 Charles Henry Davies 19 Ambrose Hood 21 Stanley George Hickman 21 Leonard Mark Hickman 24 Lewis Hickman 32 All of this parish who were lost in the wreck of SS Titanic on April 15 1912 through collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic. Erected by Parishioners and Friends'

Details

Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Davies, Charles Henry
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Deacon, Percy
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Dibden, William
Age: 18
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hickman, Stanley George
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hickman, Leonard Mark
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hickman, Lewis
Age: 32
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Hood, Ambrose
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The sinking of the RMS 'Titanic' took place on the 14th April 1912. The 'Titanic' was on her maiden voyage heading from Southampton to New York when she struck an iceberg and foundered with the loss of some, 1,500+ lives.

St Mary's Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at St Mary’s Church, Cardigan commemorating Thomas Harries Griffiths d. 1875 in the loss of the ‘Leading Star’

Location

St Mary's Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'...Also in loving memory of the above named Thomas Harries Griffiths who lost his life on board the brig Leading Star on a voyage from South Shields to Folkestone on or about the 28 November 1875 aged 40 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Graveyard
Vessel: Leading Star

People

Griffiths, Thomas Harries
Age: 40
Date of Death: 28/11/1875
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Abney Park Cemetery, Abney Park, London, England

Memorial in Abney Park Cemetery, London dedicated to Henry Orfeur d. 1856 and John Orfeur d. 1862

Location

Abney Park Cemetery, Abney Park, London, England

Transcript

'The sea shall give up its dead', ' Sacred to the memory of Henry Orfeur, lost with all the crew, by the wreck of the schooner Invoice, in the Bristol Channel, Nov. 23, 1856, aged 23 years. Also John his brother, of the barque Geraldine, last heard of April 14, 1862, near the equator, aged 17 years'

Details

Vessel: Geraldine, Invoice

People

Orfeur, Henry
Age: 23
Date of Death: 23/11/1856
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Orfeur, John
Age: 17
Date of Death: 1862
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Rev. Thomas B. Barker 'Abney Park Cemetery' (London, 1869) p.28.

Also of John Orfeur. d. 1862

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Gilbert d. 1916

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'William Gilbert aged 26, lost from H.M. Patrol Yacht 'Zarefah' off the Scotch coast May 8 1916'.

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: HMY Zarefah

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Gilbert, William
Age: 26
Date of Death: 8/5/1916
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Minesweeper HMY 'Zarefah' mined 8 May 1917 off Orkney.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

East Park, Southampton, England

Memorial at East Park, Southampton commemorating the engineer officers of the ‘Titanic’ lost in 1912

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Location

East Park, Southampton, England

Transcript

[On plinth below Victory] 'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN / THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS / LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. / ST JOHN 15TH CH 13TH V.' [Below] 'TO THE MEMORY OF THE ENGINEER OFFICERS OF THE R.M.S. TITANIC, WHO SHOWED / THEIR HIGH CONCEPTION OF DUTY AND THEIR / HEROISM BY REMAINING AT THEIR POSTS / 15TH APRIL 1912 / ERECTED BY THEIR FELLOW ENGINEERS AND FRIENDS / THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.' [Left panel] 'JOSEPH BELL JONATHAN SHEPHERD / WM. E. FARQUHARSON CHARLES HODGE / JNO. H. HESKETH FRANCIS E.G. COY / NORMAN E. HARRISON JAMES FRASER / GEORGE F. HOSKING HENRY R. DYER / EDWARD C. DODDS RENNY W. DODDS / LEONARD HODGKINSON ARTHUR WARD / JAMES M. SMITH THOMAS H. KEMP / BERT. WILSON FRANK A. PARSONS / HERBERT G. HARVEY WILLIAM D. MACKIE.' [Right panel] 'ROBERT MILLAR ALFRED P. MIDDLETON / WILLIAM Y. MOYES ALBERT G. ERVINE / WILLIAM MCREYNOLDS WILLIAM KELLY / HENRY R. CREESE GEORGE A. CHISWALL / THOMAS MILLAR HUGH FITZPATRICK / PETER SLOAN ARTHUR A. ROUS / ALFRED S. ALLSOPP WILLIAM L. DUFFY / HERBERT JUPE / ALSO / THOMAS ANDREWS ARCHD FROST / ROBERT KNIGHT.'

Details

Description: A semicircular seat, above flanked by columns, two bronze reliefs of marine engineers, in the centre Glory, standing on a ships prow holding two wreaths. She is crowning the 'martyrs of duty'.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite, bronze
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Messrs Whitehead & Sons; Ferdinand Victor Blundstone; Romeo Rathmann
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Alsopp, Alfred Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Andrews, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Naval Architect
Organisation:
Bell, William Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Chiswall, George Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Coy, Francis Edward George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 3rd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Creese, Henry Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Dodds, Renny Watson
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Duffy, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk, Engineer Department
Organisation: White Star Line
Dyer, Henry Ryland
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ervine, Albert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Farquharson, William E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Fitzpatrick, Hugh
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Fraser, James
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
Frost, Archibald
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Harrison, Norman
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Harvey, Herbert Gifford
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assitant 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hesketh, J. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodge, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodgkinson, Leonard
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hosking, George Fox
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Jupe, Herbert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kelly, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kemp, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Knight, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading hand Engineer
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Mackie, William Dixie
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
McReynolds, William M.E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 6th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Middleton, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Millar, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra 5th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Moyes, William Young
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 6th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Parsons, Frank Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Rous, Arthur A.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plumber
Organisation: White Star Line
Shepherd, Jonathan
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Sloan, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Electrician
Organisation:
Smith, James M.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ward, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Wilson, B.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 2nd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Notes: Unveiled on April 22 1914 by Sir Archibald Denny. Erected by subscription from the public and fellow engineers. Victor Blundstone is the sculptor and the figure of Victory is by Romeo Rathman.
Bibliography: Robert Douch 'Monuments and Memorials in Southampton' (Southampton, 1968); Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration). 'Builder' 6 June 1913 p. 651.
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson