Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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

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

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:

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

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’

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:

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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 commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Guppy RN 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

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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:

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St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Plaque at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating the engineer officers lost in HMS ‘Captain’ 1870

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / The Undermentioned Engineer Officers / who perished on HMS Captain / off the coast of Spain on the 7th Septr / 1870 / George Rock Chief Engr. / Willm C. Moreton Engr. / Peter Baldwin Engr. / Fredk Pursell Engr. / John H. Willis Engr. / George H. Barnes Engr. / George P Gardiner Ass. Engr. 1st Class / Thomas W. Curtis Ass. Engr. 1st Class / Alfred Purkis Ass. Engr. 2nd Class'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: to right of altar
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Baldwin, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Barnes, George H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Curtis, Thomas W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer 1st Class
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gardiner, George P.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer 1st Class
Organisation: Royal Navy
Moreton, William C.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Purkis, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer 2nd Class
Organisation: Royal Navy
Pursell, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Rock, George
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Willis, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson

St John The Evangelist's Church, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Wall tablet at St John The Evangelist’s Church, Goole commemorating the crew of the SS ‘Colne’, foundered in 1906

Location

St John The Evangelist's Church, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of twelve brave men who lost their lives in doing their duty on board the S.S. Colne which foundered in the North Sea on March 12th 1906. Edward Palmer Wells Alcock Chief Officer 48 years Robert Cleave 2nd Officer 55 yrs Robert Morley Chief Engineer 41 yrs Thos Hubert Elwood 2nd Engineer 43 yrs Harvey Abson A.B. 23 yrs Peter Frieberg A.B. unknown age Ralph Snowden Fireman 24 years Thos. Henry Middleton Fireman 33 yrs Geo. Edward Harrison Fireman 39 yrs John Smith Fireman 37 yrs Harvey Chappell Fireman 27 yrs Charles Axup Fireman 25 yrs In the midst of life we are in death... Erected by relatives of the above and a few friends who mourn their loss, Goole, June 1906'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Vessel: SS Colne

People

Abson, Harvey
Age: 23
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Alcock, Edward Palmer Wells
Age: 48
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation:
Axup, Charles
Age: 25
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Chappell, Harvey
Age: 27
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Cleave, Robert
Age: 55
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Officer
Organisation:
Elwood, Thomas Hubert
Age: 43
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation:
Frieberg, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Harrison, George Edward
Age: 39
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Middleton, Thomas Henry
Age: 33
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Morley, Robert
Age: 41
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation:
Smith, John
Age: 37
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Snowden, Ralph
Age: 24
Date of Death: 12/3/1906
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:

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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.
Recorder: Captain J. P. Brand

St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire, England

Memorial at St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire commemorating Frederick Bates d. 1919

Location

St Thomas Eccleston Church, St Helens, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN FREDERICK BATES / OF THE S.S. "MEROE". / COMMODORE OF THE / MOSS STEAMSHIP CO. LIVERPOOL / TORPEDOED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN / OCTOBER 29TH 1916, AND DIED AS / A RESULT OF SHELLSHOCK / FEBRUARY 17TH 1919. AGED 57 YEARS. / "I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, / I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH."

Details

Vessel: SS Meroe

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Bates, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 17/2/1919
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Moss Steamship Co

Extra

Notes: SS 'Meroe' sunk by 'U-63'.

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Plaque in Keverne, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas King d. 1898

Location

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'...In memory of Thomas Worthington King and his family all lost on the Mohegan October 14th 1898. Bell no 5 has been placed in the church by his brother William Neil King of Cincinatti Ohio USA'

Details

Type: Brass plaque
Vessel: Mohegan

People

King, Thomas Worthington
Age:
Date of Death: 14/10/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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