Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Wall tablet at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich commemorating the officers and men who died in the wreck of HMS ‘Orpheus’ 1863

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Location

Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF THE OFFICERS AND 166 PETTY OFFICERS SEAMEN AND MARINES / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE WRECK OF / HER MAJESTY'S SHIP ORPHEUS / ON THE MANUKAU BAR, NEW ZEALAND ON THE 7TH FEBRUARY 1863. / COMMODORE W. FARQUHARSON BURNETT C.B. / COMMANDER ROBERT H. BURTON. / LIEUTENANTS W.F.W. MUDGE AND ARTHUR JEKYLL, / MASTER W. D. STRONG. / LIEUTENANT EDWARD E. HILL R.M.A. / CHAPLAIN THE REV. CHARLES B. HASLEWOOD M.A. / CHIEF ENGINEER SAMUEL STEPHENS. / SECRETARY ASSIST-PAYMASTER W.H.P. GILHAM. / ASSIST-SURGEON JAMES CLARKSON. / SECOND MASTER W.H. TAYLOR. / MIDSHIPMEN A.R. MALLOCK, T.H. BROUGHTON AND GEORGE H. VERNER. / CLERK H.N. AYLEN. / MASTERS ASSISTANT JOHN H. TOZER. / ENGINEER JOHN H. ADAMS. ASSIST-ENGINEERS JOHN VICERY. E.J. MILLER, W. ADAMSON AND G.F. GOSSAGE. / GUNNER, W. HUDSON. / ALSO OF THE UNDER-MENTIONED SURVIVING OFFICERS OF THE WRECK / WHO HAVE SINCE DIED ON DUTY: / LIEUTENANTS, CHARLES HILL AND DUKE YOUNGE / MIDSHIPMEN, BERNAL FIELDING AND HENRY BARKLY. / ERECTED AS A TOKEN OF ADMIRATION OF THE DISCIPLINE / AND HEROISM DISPLAYED BY ALL ON BOARD / 1882'

Details

Description: A marble inscription tablet with a bronze relief depicting the wreck inset above.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble, bronze
Vessel: HMS Orpheus

People

Adams, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Adamson, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Aylen, H. N.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk
Organisation: Royal Navy
Broughton, T. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burnett, W. Farquharson
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commodore RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Burton, Robert H
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Clarkson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gilham, W. H. P.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Secretary Assistant Paymaster
Organisation: Royal Navy
Gossage, G. F.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Haslewood, Charles B.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chaplain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hill, Edward E.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RMA
Organisation: Royal Marine Artillery
Hudson, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Jekyll, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mallack, A. R.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Miller, E. J.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mudge, W. F. W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Stephens, Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Strong, W. D.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Taylor, W. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tozer, John H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master's assistant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Verner, George H.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Vicery, John
Age:
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Fund raised at instigation of Charles George Brooke-Hunt, ex midshipman in 'Orpheus' for this monument 1881.
Bibliography: Roy M. Hetherington 'The wreck of HMS Orpheus-New Zealand's Worst sea disaster' (Auckland, 1968).

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Cuthbert Williams d. 1898 in the loss of SS ‘Dunbar’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving / memory of / David / the beloved husband of / Elizabeth Williams / who departed this life / Novr 29th 1879 / aged 29 years /Also of their beloved and only son / Cuthbert Williams / who was lost through the foundering of / the S.S. Dunbar in the Black Sea / Jan 23rd 1898 in his 22nd year / Also of Elizabeth Rolf / who died March 11th 1916 / Aged 91 years.'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Dunbar

People

Williams, Cuthbert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 23/1/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in St Ives, Cornwall dedicated to William Carbines d. 1912

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Location

Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'ihs / In / LOVING MEMORY OF / ANN, THE BELOVED WIFE OF / WILLIAM CARBINES / WHO / DIED 2ND OCTOBER 1904 / AGED 80 YEARS / "WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER." / ALSO OF THOMAS , BELOVED SON OF / SAMUEL & PEGGY W. COCKING; / AND GRAND-SON OF THE ABOVE / WHO DIED 29 APRIL, 1906 / AGED 22 YEARS / HIS END WAS PEACE / ALSO OF THE ABOVE / WILLIAM CARBINES, / WHO DIED 21ST OCTR. 1908 / AGED 85 YEARS, / THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT / ALSO OF / WILLIAM CARBINES / GRAND-SON OF THE ABOVE AND BELOVED SON OF / NICHOLAS AND JANE CARBINES, / WHO WAS DROWNED ON BOARD THE S.S. TITANIC, / 14TH APRIL 1912 / AGED 19 YEARS, / NEARER MY GOD TO THEE / NEARER TO THEE'

Details

Description: Marble headstone with lead lined lettering.


Type: Gravestone
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Titanic

People

Carbines, William
Age: 19
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Lieutenant Ronald Sycamore Frost RN d. 1941

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Lt Ronald Sycamore Frost R.N.R.32 H.M. Submarine P33 sunk in Mediterranean by enemy action 20 Aug 1941'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: P33

People

Frost, Ronald Sycamore
Age: 32
Date of Death: 20/8/1941
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Notes: P33 presumed mined off Tripoli formerly paid off 20.8.1941. Also commemorated by granite gravestone in the churchyard.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

The Green, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England

Fountain on the Green, Shipton-under-Wychwood commemorating parishioners who died in the loss of the ‘Cospatrick’ in  1874

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Location

The Green, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England

Transcript

[East side] 'The fountain was erected by public subscription in the year 1878 in memory of the 17 parishioners who perished in the Cospatrick by fire on her voyage to New Zealand Nov. 17 1874. This plate was affixed as a memento of the coronation of King Edward VII' [South side] 'Henry Townsend aged 62, Ann his wife aged 53, George Charter aged 31, Jane Townsend his wife aged 35 and their two children, Henry Hedges aged 30, Mary Townsend his wife aged 30 and their three children' [North side] 'Richard Hedges aged 56, Sarah his wife aged 53, John Hedges aged 24, Sarah his wife aged 22, Thomas Hedges aged 27, Charles Hedges aged 18 sons of Richard and Sarah Hedges', 'The tree opposite was planted by Mrs K Wiggins and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Cospatrick disaster' [West side] John Ch. IV Verse 13 & 14'

Details

Description: Obelisk on a square gothic plinth with columns at the corners. Lion's head spout. Inscription on triangular brass plates.
Type: Fountain
Materials: Sandstone
Vessel: Cospatrick

People

Charter, George
Age: 31
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Charter, Jane
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Henry
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Mary
Age: 30
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Richard
Age: 56
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, John
Age: 24
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Sarah
Age: 22
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Thomas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Hedges, Charles
Age: 18
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Townsend, Henry
Age: 62
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Townsend, Ann
Age: 53
Date of Death: 17/11/1874
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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St Michael and All Angels Church, Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Tablet in St Michael and All Angels Church, Melksham commemorating Frederick and Augusta Goodwin and their six children d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

St Michael and All Angels Church, Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Transcript

'On Sunday 14 April 1912 the SS Titanic on her first voyage to America with 2207 souls aboard struck an Iceberg and sank in less than 3 hours only 705 being saved. Amongst those who were doomed was a whole family from this Parish Frederick and Augusta Goodwin with their six children Lilian, Charles, William, Jessie, Harold, Sidney. The children were all in the Sunday School and the three older boys in the choir of this church'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: Set in pillar on east side nave
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Goodwin, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Augusta
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Lilian
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, William
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Jessie
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Harold
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Goodwin, Sidney
Age:
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

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St Peter's Church, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands

Wall tablet in St Peter’s Church, St Peter, Jersey commemorating Lieutenant John Thomas Le Seelleur RN d. 1916 in the Battle of Jutland and Sub-Lieutenant G.J. Le Seelleur d. 1917

Location

St Peter's Church, St Peter, Jersey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / LIEUT J.T. LE SEELLEUR, R.M., H.M.S. INVINCIBLE, / KILLED IN ACTION IN NAVAL BATTLE OFF JUTLAND,/MAY 31ST 1916, IN HIS 28TH YEAR. / AND OF / SUB LIEUT. G.J. LE SEELLEUR, R.N.D., / KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE,. AUGUST 11TH 1917, IN HIS 23RD YEAR. / BELOVED SONS OF CAPT. J.M. LE SEELLEUR, / HAUTE PLACE, ST PETER'S, JERSEY. / "THOU WILT KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED/ON THEE BECAUSE HE TRUSTETH IN THEE." / DEEPLY MOURNED BY THEIR SORROWING FATHER, / MOTHER, BROTHER AND SISTER'

Details

Description: Foul anchor carved above the inscription.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: White marble
Vessel: HMS Invincible

Event

Battle of Jutland

Event Date

1916

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Le Seelleur, John Thomas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 31/5/1916
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RM
Organisation: Royal Marines
Le Seeleur, G. J.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 11/8/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Sub Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Division

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Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery commemorating to Elizabeth Swift Nye Abbe d. 1863 following the loss of the ‘Hotspur’

Location

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / ELIZABETH / BELOVED WIFE OF B. R ABBE M.D. / OF BOSTON USA. / WHO DIED APRIL 4TH 1863 / Saved from the wreck of the “Hotspur” on February 19th, exposure for many days in an open boat / proved fatal to her, already / weakened by long / illness'

Details

Description: Obelisk on plinth
Type: Obelisk
Vessel: Hotspur

People

Abbe, Elizabeth Swift Nye
Age: 40
Date of Death: 4/4/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Wife of B. R. Abbe M.D. Buried in Hong Kong with another memorial at Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. 'Hotspur' was wrecked on the Paracels Reef, on a voyage from Foo Chow to New York. The crew escaped in three boats and survived with the exception of Elizabeth Abbe.
Recorder: Christine M.Thomas. Recorded in 1985

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Arthur Norfolk d. 1915 in the loss of the SS ‘Combe’

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Arthur G Norfolk Aged 36 Lost with the SS 'Combe' October 14 1915 Particulars unknown'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: SS 'Combe'

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Norfolk, Arthur G.
Age: 36
Date of Death: 14/10/1915
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Notes: SS 'Combe' went missing on a voyage from Liverpool to Archangelsk carrying ammunition.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St James's Parish Church, Crocker's Road, Birmingham, England

Tablet in St James’s Church, Birmingham, dedicated to Lieutenant Frederic William Coverdale RN, d. 1917,

Location

St James's Parish Church, Crocker's Road, Birmingham, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / FREDERIC [sic] WILLIAM COVERDALE / LIEUT R.N.R. AGED 26 YEARS / KILLED IN ACTION IN THE AEGEAN SEA / JULY 17TH 1917 / "ONE CLEAR CALL FOR ME"'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: South side of interior
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Newmarket

Event Date

1917

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Coverdale, Frederick William
Age: 26
Date of Death: 17/7/1917
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Notes: Lieutenant Coverdale was serving aboard HMS Newmarket when she was attacked by the German UC-38 while mine-sweeping in the Aegean Sea. 70 souls were lost.