Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Katherine's Church, Exbury, Hampshire, England

Wall tablet in Exbury, Hampshire commemorating Captain Henry Mitford RN d. 1803

Location

St Katherine's Church, Exbury, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory of / Captain Henry Mitford R.N. / who, with all his crew / was lost in His Majesty's ship / the York / While cruising in the North Sea / Supposed Christmas Day 1803'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: South wall of nave
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS York

People

Mitford, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 25/12/1803
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'One more memorial in the Solent area','Mariner's Mirror' vol. 68, p. 327 (Greenwich, 1982).

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 Stephen's Old Church, Fylingthorpe, East Yorkshire, England

Gravestone at St Stephen’s Old Church, Fylingthorpe commemorating John Storm  d. 1859 in the loss of the brig ‘Lomer’

Location

St Stephen's Old Church, Fylingthorpe, East Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'In remembrance of / JOHN STORM / Master Mariner / who was lost with the / Brig Lomer of Whitby / in October 1859 / aged 31 years / Also WILLIAM THOMAS / son of the Above / JOHN and ELIZABETH STORM/who died April 3rd 1876 / aged 17 years / Also the above ELIZABETH STORM / who died October 21 1905 / aged 72 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: North Yorkshire
Vessel: Lomer

People

Storm, John
Age: 31
Date of Death: 26/10/1856
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From Robin Hood's Bay

St Nicholas Church, Churchstoke, Powys, Wales

Tablet in Churchstoke, Powys, dedicated to William Kyffin Lloyd d. 1893 in the wreck of the ‘Earl of Shaftesbury’

Location

St Nicholas Church, Churchstoke, Powys, Wales

Transcript

'William KYFFIN LLOYD, Born at MELLINGSTON HALL Sept 18th 1872, twin son of the late George Lloyd MD. of Edgebaston, Birmingham and Grandson of T B Brown Esq. drowned May 8th 1893 in the wreck of the Earl of Shaftesbury near Point de Galle, Ceylon when serving as second officer'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: Sanctuary, south wall
Materials: Brass
Vessel: Earl of Shaftesbury

People

Lloyd, William Kyffin
Age:
Date of Death: 8/5/1893
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Officer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The 'Earl of Shaftesbury' was a British cargo sailing vessel. She ran aground on the 8th May, 1893 and was wrecked at Amblangoda, Sri Lanka.
Bibliography: Credit to Allen Tony for the additional information.

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Headstone at the Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire commemorating William Duke d. 1796

Location

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred / to the Memory of / JOSEPH DUKE / who departed this life / the 25 of July /1805 / Aged 71 Years / Also / WILLIAM Son of / JOSEPH / and LYDIA DUKE / who was Shipwrecked / on the Bolt in / Devonshire / and drowned on the / 12th January 1796 / in the 34th Year of his Age'

Details

Type: Double headstone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Limestone

People

Duke, William
Age: 33
Date of Death: 12/1/1796
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Joseph Richardson d. 1918

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Joseph W Richardson Chief Officer S.S. 'Saxon', Lost through enemy action off coast of Norway, May 7th 1918'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: SS Saxon

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Richardson, Joseph W.
Age:
Date of Death: 7/5/1918
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: SS 'Saxon' torpedoed and sunk off Fair Isle.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

Headstone at Holyhead Cemetery commemorating three unknown seaman from the barque ‘Osseo’ wrecked 1894

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Location

Cemetery, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales

Transcript

'...THESE STONES / WERE ERECTED BY VOLUNTARY / CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE INHABITANTS / AND CREW OF THE HOLYHEAD STEAMERS / TO MARK THE RESTING PLACE OF 3 UNKNOWN / SEAMAN, PART OF THE CREW OF 21 OR 26 OF / THE BARQUE OSSEO OF LONDONDERRY / WRECKED ON HOLYHEAD BREAKWATER / ON THE MORNING OF THE 30TH DECEMBER / 1894 ALL THE CREW BEING LOST, 12 / WERE WASHED ASHORE AND 5 WERE / IDENTIFIED / Deep called upon deep, the noise / of thy water spouts; all thy waves and thy / billows are gone over me Psalm XLII 7 / THE COST OF ERECTION £23, 4 6d / WAS COLLECTED BY J.E.JONES and E. EVANS / at Holyhead.'

Details

Description: Slate headstone with carved border of foliage including oak and ivy leaves in low relief. Above the inscription, a relief of the doomed vessel striking the breakwater. The latter is represented by a lighthouse. The inscription is in Welsh and English.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Slate
Vessel: Osseo

Extra

Notes: 'Liverpool Mercury' (11 Jan 1895) 'The inhabitants of Holyhead are about to erect two monuments over the graves of the seven unknown persons washed ashore and supposed to be a portion of the crew of the ill fated Osseo.'
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Britain's Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 156.

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.