Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Memorial in Salcombe, Devon commemorating John Sladen d. 1895

Location

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Transcript

'John Herbert Sladen, aged 22, lost in the ship 'Lady Lawrence' sailed from New South Wales 11 July 1895 and not since heard of. John Heath Sladen died Monte Video 1884 age 35'

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Lady Lawrence

People

Sladen, John Herbert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 7/1895
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Gravestone at St Oswald’s Church, Filey commemorating Frederick Arthur Chater d. 1917 in the loss of the SS ‘Lady Ann’

Location

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Details

Vessel: SS Lady Ann

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Chater, Frederick Arthur
Age: 64
Date of Death: 16/2/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: First Mate
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Lady Ann' torpedoed off Scarborough 16 February 1917. Cargo ship laden with coal.

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Memorial at Westoe Cemetery, South Shields commemorating James Osborne Davison d. 1861 in the loss of the ‘Queen of Freedom’

Location

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Details

Vessel: Queen of Freedom

People

Davison, James Osborne
Age: 45
Date of Death: 1861
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Master mariner, lost at sea with entire crew of the barque 'Queen of Freedom' foundered 1861.

St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Memorial in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, commemorating Admiral Sir George Somers d. 1610

Location

St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Transcript

'ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS KT / SHIPMATE OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH / COLONIZER OF THE BERMUDAS / BORN NEAR LYME REGIS 1554 / OWNER OF BERNE MANOR / IN WHITCHURCH CANONICORUM / DIED IN THE BERMUDAS, NOVEMBER 1610 / BURIED BENEATH THE OLD CHANTRY / UNDER THE PRESENT VESTRY JULY 4 1611 / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 1908'

Details

Description: The inscription within a border of foliage.

Tablet in St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum dedicated to George Somers. d. 1908
Type: Tablet
Position: South wall of chancel
Materials: Brass
Date Erected: 1908
Vessel: Sea Venture

People

Somers, George
Age:
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

Extra

Notes: His shipwreck in 'Sea Venture' (which he survived) is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.
Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 191 (Greenwich,1987).

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:

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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:

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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.