Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating William R. Burgess d. 1881 in the loss of the ‘St Mirren’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Toxteth, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM R BURGESS, eldest son of William and Sarah A Burgess, who was lost at sea by the foundering of the ship 'St Mirren', on her voyage from Calcutta to Liverpool in the year 1881, aged 16 years'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: H479
Vessel: St Mirren

People

Burgess, William R.
Age: 16
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: Martin Davies, April 1985, Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Cross at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating Alfred Cooper d. 1907

Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'In Loving Memory / of / ALFRED / THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF / E, COOPER / WHO LOST HIS LIFE ON THE S.S. BERLIN / FEBRUARY 21ST 1907 / AGED 40 YEARS'

Details

Description: Stone cross with a base of two steps. Inscription in lead letters.
Type: Cross
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Cooper, Alfred
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Cabin Steward
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

Extra

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Sydney Butler James d. 1917 in the loss of the SS ‘Rosario’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Florence Singleton / the dearly beloved daughter of / David and Frances James / who died Aug 21st 1908 / in her 19th year / Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God / Also of their beloved sons / Sydney Butler James / who lost his life by enemy action on SS Rosario / Aug 18th 1917 aged 29 /And David Robert, eldest son / who fell asleep June 28th 1924, aged 41 / Also of their beloved parents David and Frances Jane James.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Rosario

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

James, Sydney Butler
Age: 29
Date of Death: 18/8/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: SS 'Rosario'sunk by U-boat in the Atlantic, only one survivor.

Mount Bingham, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands

Fountain at Mount Bingham, St Helier Harbour, Jersey commemorating John Nathaniel Westaway d. 1870 in the loss of the ‘Normandy’

Location

Mount Bingham, St Helier Harbour, Jersey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'In commemoration of the gallantry of John N. Westaway, when the SS NORMANDY foundered on the 17th March 1870'

Details

Description: Bronze dolphin and anchor on a plinth in the centre of the larger trough. A relief bronze portrait on the side of the plinth.
Type: Fountain
Materials: Stone, bronze
Date Erected: 1875
Artists: Pierre Alfred Robinet
Vessel: Normandy

People

Westaway, John Nathaniel
Age:
Date of Death: 17/3/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: London and South Western Railway Steam Packet Co.

Extra

Notes: The 'Normandy' sank after colliding with the 'Mary' in fog. Westaway gave up his seat in a lifeboat to Miss Albina Falle.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, London, England

Wall tablet in Church of St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Dobbins Barker RN d. 1806 in the loss of ‘Athenienne’

Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, London, England

Transcript

'THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF / PETER BARKER ESQR / OF CHARLTON IN KENT; WHO DIED 21ST...1783 AGED 40 YEARS / CLARE BARKER/WIDOW OF THE ABOVE, LIVING A RESIDENT IN THIS PARISH, WHERE SHE DIED / UNIVERSALLY RESPECTED AND REGRETTED JANUARY 29TH 1829 AGED 73 YEARS / ALSO THEIR TWO SONS / WILLIAM BARKER ESQR / SOMETIME A CAPTAIN IN H.M. 20TH REGIMENT OF LIGHT DRAGOONS / WHO DIED AT THE HAGUE IN HOLLAND NOVEMBER 22ND 1825, AGED 43 YEARS / AND THOMAS DOBBINS BARKER ESQR / A LIEUTENANT IN THE ROYAL NAVY, WHO UNFORTUNATELY PERISHED / IN H.M. SHIP ATHENIENNE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ON THE / 20TH OCTOBER 1806 IN THE 24TH YEAR OF HIS AGE'

Details

Description: Sarcophagus in relief with anthemion acroteria.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Nave
Vessel: Athenienne

People

Barker, Thomas Dobbins
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/10/1806
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 'Athenienne' struck a reef in the Strait of Sicily and subsequently sank with the loss of 347 men.

Jesus Church, Peartree Green, Hampshire, England

Monument at Jesus Church, Peartree Green, Hampshire commemorating Richard Loane Rosoman lost in the wreck of the ‘Stella’ 1889

Location

Jesus Church, Peartree Green, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'RICHARD ROBERT / LOANE ROSOMAN / WHO WAS DROWNED / IN THE 'STELLA' DISASTER / OFF THE CASQUET ROCKS / MARCH 30TH 1899 / AGED 72 YEARS'

Details

Description: A spire on a hexagonal base of blind gothic arches.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Stella

People

Rosoman, Richard Robert Loane
Age: 72
Date of Death: 30/3/1899
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Body not recovered. Rosoman had been chairman of the District Council and South Stoneham Union Board of Guardians.
Bibliography: John Ovenden and David Shayer 'The wreck of the Stella: Titanic of the Channel Islands' (Guernsey, 1999) pP. 49-50.

Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Plaque in Salisbury Cathedral commemorating Lieutenant Alan Smith RN d. 1901

Location

Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Transcript

'To the Glory of God and in loving memory of / Alan Wyldbore Bosworth Smith, / Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, / second son of Reginald Bosworth and Flora Smith, of Bingham Melcombe, Dorset; / born at Harrow-on-the-Hill on April 13th 1870 / who on September 18th, 1901, / while H.M.S. Cobra, of which he was in command, / was breaking up in a storm, remained standing on the bridge / with arms folded to the last, and went down with his vessel / "I will fear no evil", "Mine will I bring you again from the depths of the sea".'

Details

Description: Above the inscription a cartouche within a rope twist border, showing an anchor on waves, a king's crown above.


Type: Plaque
Position: South transept
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Cobra

People

Bosworth-Smith, Alan Wyldbore
Age: 31
Date of Death: 18/9/1901
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Destroyer, broke in two off Outer Dowsing Shoal in heavy weather while on trials.
Bibliography: P. Clissold 'Ships and Monuments in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 58, p. 212 (Greenwich, 1972); David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p.107.

Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Memorial at Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, commemorating Ernest Allison d. 1917

Location

Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMT Minnihaha

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Allison, Ernest
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/9/1917
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Ship's Officer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Minihaha' torpedoed by submarine.

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

Memorial in St Keverne, Cornwall dedicated to Edward Waldegrave d. 1809

Location

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

Details

Vessel: Dispatch

People

Waldegrave, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 22/1/1809
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Drowned in wreck of transport 'Dispatch'. Lieut, 7th (Queen's own) Regiment of Huzzars. Memorial includes 2 other officers and 61 NCOs and private soldiers.

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Memorial in Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon commemorating Thomas Forbes d. 1846

Location

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Transcript

'Thomas William Forbes sailed from Salcombe 4.9.1846 for Newfoundland and Master of the 'Beau Ideal' Not heard of after' [sic]

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Beau Ideal

People

Forbes, Thomas William
Age:
Date of Death: 4/9/1846
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: P. Cove; E.R. Stage 1982