Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Plaque in St Nicholas Church, Bristol dedicated to the officers and crew of the SS ‘Massasoit’ lost 1896

Location

St Nicholas Church, Bristol, England

Transcript

'Spes Super Sydera. / In memory of the / Captain Officers and Crew / of the SS Massasoit / which foundered at sea / during the month of March 1896 / while on a voyage from the United States to England / This memorial / is erected by their sorrowful widows / orphans and dependent relatives / Charles A. Murray Master / Daniel B. Scott 1st Mate / James G. Sullivan 2nd Mate / John G. Peters 1st Engineer / James Thomson 2nd Engineer / Alexander Frank 3rd Engineer / James Carle Boatswain / Carl Ostergen Carpenter / Maurice Callaghan Steward / William Campbell Cook / William Chamberlain Donkeyman / Frederick Sully Able Seaman / James Woods Able Seaman / Charles Erlandson Able Seaman / George Bentley Able Seaman / William A. Saunders R.N.R. Able Seaman / Denis Arcade Able Seaman / John Sage Able Seaman / Henry J. Pillinger Fireman / John R. McMullin R.N.R. Fireman / John Leahy Fireman / William Peaple Fireman / Frederick Crews Fireman / Henry Williams Fireman / William Jones Fireman / Frank Woodrow Asst. Stewd. / Resting until that great day when the sea shall give up her dead'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Staircase
Materials: Brass
Vessel: SS Massasoit

People

Arcade, Denis
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
bentley, George
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Callaghan, Maurice
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation:
Campbell, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Carle, James
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation:
Chamberlain, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Donkeyman
Organisation:
Crews, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Erlandson, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Frank, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 3rd Engineer
Organisation:
Jones, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Leahy, John
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
McMullin, John R.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Murray, Charles A.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Ostergen, Carl
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation:
Peaple, William
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Peters, John G.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Engineer
Organisation:
Pillinger, Henry J.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Sage, John
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Saunders, William A.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Scott, Daniel B.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 1st Mate
Organisation:
Sulley, Frederick
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Sullivan, James G.
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Mate
Organisation:
Thomson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation:
Williams, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Woodrow, Frank
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Steward
Organisation:
Woods, James
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1896
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Removed to St Nicholas from The Missions to Seamen Institute in 1981.
Bibliography: Josephine Teague 'The Missions to Seamen Church and Institute Bristol'.

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating William Woods d. 1912 and John Woods d. 1940 in the loss of the SS ‘Inver’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In / loving memory / of / William Woods / Master Mariner / the beloved husband of / Maggie Woods / Born Sept 12th 1855 / Died Nov 12th 1912 / Also of their son / Stephen Masson Woods / who died at Boston USA / April 21ST 1911 / Aged 28 / Also the above / Maggie / Born Jan 27th 1858 / Died May 12th 1934 / Also their son / John Woods / Master Mariner / Beloved husband of Elizabeth / Killed by enemy action at Sea / Dec 17th 1940.'

Details

Description: Headstone
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Black marble
Vessel: SS Inver

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Woods, William
Age: 57
Date of Death: 12/11/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Woods, John
Age:
Date of Death: 17/12/1940
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation: Merchant Navy

Extra

Notes: SS 'Inver' struck a mine north of Sheerness.
Recorder: David J. Wickham

St John the Evangelist, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Memorial at St John the Evangelist, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire commemorating the officers and crew of the SS ‘Broomfleet’ which was lost in gales on 13th December 1933

Location

St John the Evangelist, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of the officers and crew of the S.S. Broomfleet which sailed from this port on Dec 13th 1933 and foundered in the North Sea off the Norfolk Coast
"So richly laden you laboured in deep water: your rowers took you out into the High Seas; And an east wind wrecked you in the Deep" Ezekiel 28 V.26.
J.W. Hutchinson Master, E. Gunnill Chief officer, W. Hiley 2nd Officer, J. Harlington Chief Engineer, C. Doubtfire 2nd Engineer, C. Upcroft Steward, R Dade A.B. A. McKay A.B. W. Darragh A.B. D. Greenwood Ordinary Seaman, J.F. Green Donkeyman, A.A. Conin Fireman, H. Smart Fireman. This memorial is the joint gift of Relatives, Friends and Employees'

Details

Description: Carving of the ship above the inscription.
Type: Tablet
Vessel: SS Broomfleet

People

Conin, A. A.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Dade, R.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Darragh, W.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Doubtfire, C.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Green, J. F.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Donkeyman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Greenwood, D.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Gunnill, E.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Harlington, J.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Hiley, W.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Officer
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Hutchinson, J. W.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
McKay, A.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Smart, H.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole
Upcroft, C.
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 1933
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation: Ebor Steamship Co, Goole

Extra

Notes: SS 'Broomfleet' was built in Middlesborough in 1915 and originally named ‘Avonwood’. It was registered by the London Transport Company in 1917. The Ebor Steamship Co, Coole registered the renamed ‘Bloomfleet’ in 1930. The steamer founded in gales enroute with coal, from Goole in Yorkshire to Ipswich, Suffolk. The owners were E. P. Atkinson & Sons.

St Andrew's Church, Clewer, Windsor and Maidenhead, England

Cross at St Andrew’s Church, Clewer, Windsor and Maidenhead commemorating Owen Allum d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

St Andrew's Church, Clewer, Windsor and Maidenhead, England

Details

Type: Cross
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Titanic

People

Allum, Owen
Age: 17
Date of Death: 14/4/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Telegraph boy
Organisation:

Extra

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

Wall tablet in St Ann’s Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, commemorating Lieutenant Francis Hope Tabor RN d. 1878

Location

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

Transcript

'EURYDICE / In affectionate remembrance of / FRANCIS HOPE TABOR, / LIEUTENANT ROYAL NAVY; / WHO WAS DROWNED BY THE CAPSIZE OF / H.M.S. "EURYDICE," / OFF DUNNOSE, ISLE OF WIGHT, / MARCH 24TH 1878. / THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THe OFFICERS / OF THE SHIPS IN WHICH HE HAD SERVED.'

Details

Description: The incription on a carved marble scroll, above which is an anchor carved in high relief with the chain wrapped around a cross. It stands on a rock on which is carved part of a laurel wreath. Below the inscription tablet, a shield of arms and a crest with the motto: 'VINCIT VERITAS'.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel arch
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Eurydice

People

Tabor, Francis Hope
Age:
Date of Death: 24/3/1878
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: B. Tomlinson

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Henry Webb d. 1887

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM HENRY WEBB aged 22 lost from the Emigrant Ship 'Kapunda' off the coast of Brazil Jan. 20 1887'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Kapunda

People

Webb, William Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 20/1/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: passenger
Organisation: Trinder, Anderson & Co

Extra

Notes: 'Kapuanda' emigrant ship, Trinder, Anderson & Co, sunk in collision off Brazil on a voyage to Australia, with heavy loss of life.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).