Category Archives: Vessel Loss

Templetrine Church of Ireland, Templetrine, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Memorial at Templetrine Church of Ireland, Templetrine, County Cork, Republic of Ireland commemorating Anne Powell, d.1822

Location

Templetrine Church of Ireland, Templetrine, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'Anne Powell, Spinster was a passenger in the ship ALBION (wrecked on this coast on the 22nd April 1822) and perished with many others but her body being recovered from the sea received from the charity of strangers, Christian burial in the cemetery of this church. In grateful memory whereof this marble is inscribed by WDP'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: North Wall
Vessel: Albion

People

Powell, Anne
Age: 35
Date of Death: 22/4/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Anne Powell was the daughter of William Drummer Powell, the chief justice of Upper Canada. Anne was among the passengers who assisted at the pumps in the effort to save the packet ship Albion when it was struck by a gale off the south coast of Ireland.

Bibliography: Chris Raible 'All for Love', 'Beaver' vol. 72, pp.32-37, (Dec/Jan 1992-3); Ruth O'Connell 'Templetrine Church, a history'.

St Mary's Church, Ascension Island, Rest of the World

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Ascension Island, to crew members of HMS ‘Flora’, drowned in a boat accident in 1879

 

Location

St Mary's Church, Ascension Island, Rest of the World

Transcript

'IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF THE UNDERMENTIONED / PETTY OFFICERS OF H.M.S FLORA (TENDER) WHO WERE DROWNED / OFF PILLAR POINT BY THE BARGE STRIKING ON THE ROCKS / WHILST CRUISING ROUND THE ISLAND ON 30th AUGUST 1879 / MICHAEL PIGGOTT, CHIEF E.R.A. AGED 41 YEARS / WILLIAM B. COOK WRITER. AGED 23 YEARS / HENRY BLACKHURST E.R.A. AGED 22 YEARS / HENRY GORING, GUNNERS MATE. AGED 33 YEARS / WILLIAM JENKINS CAULKER AGED 35 YEARS / THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS / SEAMEN AND MARINES OF THE ISLAND / AS A TOKEN OF THEIR ESTEEM / "AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN IT" REV XX 13'

Details

Description: Relief above the inscription of the barge off a rock on which is a cross.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Flora

People

Blackhurst, Henry
Age: 22
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engine Room Artificer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Cook, William Beriah
Age: 23
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Writer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Goring, Henry
Age: 33
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner's mate
Organisation: Royal Navy
Jenkins, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Caulker
Organisation: Royal Navy
Piggott, Michael
Age: 41
Date of Death: 30/8/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engine Room Artificer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Colette Bassford

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, commemorating William John Moor d. 1907

Location

All Saints Church, Dovercourt, Essex, England

Transcript

'WRECK OF THE S.S. 'BERLIN'/ OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND. / IN LOVING MEMORY OF / WILLIAM JOHN MOOR / CHIEF STEWARD / WHO WAS DROWNED 21ST FEBRUARY 1907. / AGED 48 YEARS. / HIS LAST NOBLE AND HEROIC ACT WILL EVER / BE RETAINED IN OUR MEMORIES. ALSO OF CHARLOTTE CAROLINE, / WIFE OF THE ABOVE, WHO DIED 30TH AUG 1921 / AGED 57' [On the kerbstones] 'ALSO OF HUBERT CLAUDE MOOR / KILLED IN FRANCE 1916 AGED 18 YEARS.'

Details

Description: A carved memorial with a statue of a cherub scattering roses on Moor's grave at the top. The figure stands on a rock on which is placed an anchor with a chain and a laurel wreath with a ribbon inscribed 'HERO'. A photograph of W.J. Moor was placed above the inscription (now damaged). The grave has kerbstones and chains (now missing). The surface is covered with marble chips.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble
Vessel: SS Berlin

People

Moor, William John
Age: 46
Date of Death: 21/2/1907
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Steward
Organisation: Great Eastern Railway

Extra

All Saints' Church, Lydd, Kent, England

Headstone at All Saints’ Church, Lydd, Kent commemorating Andrew Finlay d. 1835

Location

All Saints' Church, Lydd, Kent, England

Transcript

' In / MEMORY OF / CAPT. ANDREW FINLAY / OF SUNDERLAND WHO WAS / SHIPWRECKED / AND DROWNED IN THE EAST BAY / OF LYDD OCTR. 26TH 1835.'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Finlay, Andrew
Age:
Date of Death: 26/10/1835
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in Rame, Cornwall dedicated to Thomas Hicks d. 1890

Location

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN / MEMORIAM / RICHARD HOCKEN / DIED DECEMBER 20TH 18.. / AGED 72 YEARS / Also / EDGAR HOCKEN / GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE / DIED OCTOBER 7TH 1890 / AGED 15 MONTHS / Also / THOMAS HICKS / LATE BOATSWAIN OF H.M.S. SERPENT / WHO WAS LOST ON THE COAST OF SPAIN / ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 10TH 1890 / AGED 38 YEARS / AND THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP HER DEAD'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Serpent

People

Hicks, Thomas
Age: 38
Date of Death: 10/11/1890
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Bosun
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Bosun HMS 'Serpent' wrecked near Corcubion Bay, N. Spain 10/11/1890.

Donegall Square East, Belfast City Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Memorial in Donegall Square East, Belfast City Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland commemorating 22 crew and staff members from who died when the RMS ‘Titanic’ sank on 15th April 1912

Location

Donegall Square East, Belfast City Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Transcript

‘“TITANIC" MEMORIAL / ERECTED TO THE IMPERISHABLE MEMORY / OF THOSE GALLANT BELFAST MEN WHOSE / NAMES ARE HERE INSCRIBED AND WHO / LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE 15TH APRIL 1912, / BY THE FOUNDERING OF THE BELFAST BUILT / R. M. S. TITANIC THROUGH COLLISION WITH / AN ICEBERG ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE / FROM SOUTHAMPTON TO NEW YORK.' [left face of plinth] 'THOMAS ANDREWS JNR, / WILLIAM HENRY MARCH PARR, / RODERICK CHISHOLM, / ANTHONY WOOD FROST, / ROBERT KNIGHT, / WILLIAM CAMPBELL, / ENNIS HASTINGS WATSON, / FRANCIS PARKES, / ALFRED FLEMMING CUNNINGHAM, / HERBERT GUILFORD HARVEY, / ALBERT GEORGE ERVINE.' [right face of plinth] 'DR JOHN EDWARD SIMPSON, / WILLIAM MCREYNOLDS, / HENRY PHILIP CREESE, / THOMAS MILLAR, / HUGH FITZPATRICK, / JOSEPH BEATTIE, / MATTHEW LEONARD, / ARCHIBALD SCOTT, / HUGH CALDTRWOOD, / RICHARD TURLEY, / WILLIAM MCQUILLAN.' [back of plinth] 'THEIR DEVOTION TO DUTY AND HEROIC / CONDUCT, THROUGH WHICH THE LIVES / OF MANY OF THOSE ON BOARD WERE / SAVED, HAVE LEFT A RECORD OF CALM / FORTITUDE AND SELF SACRIFICE WHICH / WILL EVER REMAIN AN INSPIRING EXAMPLE / TO SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS. / 'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS / THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.'

Details

Description: A standing female figure holds a wreath over the head of a semi-submerged drowned sailor supported by two female figures.

Type: Memorial
Materials: Carrara marble, stone, granite
Date Erected: 26/6/1920
Artists: Sir Thomas Brock RA
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Andrews, Thomas
Age: 39
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Naval Architect/Managing Director
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Beatie, Joseph John
Age: 40
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation: White Star Line
Calderwood, Hugh
Age: 33
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trimmer
Organisation: White Star Line
Campbell, William
Age: 20
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter/Joiner/Passenger
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Chisholm, Roderick
Age: 43
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Draughtsman/Passenger
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Creese, Henry Philip
Age: 45
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Cunningham, Alfred Fleming
Age: 21
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fitter
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Ervine, Albert George
Age: 18
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Fitzpatrick, Hugh Joseph
Age: 29
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Boilermaker
Organisation: White Star Line
Harvey, Herbert Gifford
Age: 34
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Second Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Knight, Robert
Age: 42
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fitter/Passenger
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Leonard, Matthew
Age: 25
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Steward
Organisation: White Star Line
McQuillan, William
Age: 26
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
McReynolds, William
Age: 22
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Sixth Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Millar, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Deck Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Parkes, Francis
Age: 21
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plumber/Passenger
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Parr, William Henry March
Age: 29
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Electrician/Passenger
Organisation: Harland & Wolf
Scott, Archibald
Age: 42
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
Simpson, Dr John Edward
Age: 37
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Surgeon
Organisation: White Star Line
Turley, Richard
Age: 37
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
Watson, Ennis Hastings
Age: 18
Date of Death: 25/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Apprentice Electrician/Passenger
Organisation: Harland & Wolff

Extra

Notes: The memorial was funded by public contributions, together with those of the shipyard workers and victims’ families. It was originally placed in the middle of Donegall Square North Road and moved to present location in 1959. Two small bronze water fountains were replaced in 1994. A memorial garden, marking the centenary of the Titanic sinking, was opened on 15th April 2012 and includes five bronze plaques with the names of all 1,512 passengers and crew members who died.


Bibliography: David Saunders 'Britain's Maritime Memorials and Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996); John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas 'Titanic: a journey through time' (Yeovil, 1999).
Photographer: Pippa Lacey

St Sampson's Church, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Memorial at  St Sampson, Guernsey commemorating the passengers and crew of the ‘Channel Queen’ wrecked 1898

Location

St Sampson's Church, St Sampson, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

[East panel] 'TO THE MEMORY OF THE / PASSENGERS AND CREW WHO / PERISHED IN THE WRECK OF THE / 'CHANNEL QUEEN' / ON THE NORTH COAST OF GUERNSEY / IST FEBRUARY 1898. / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION' [North Panel] 'PASSSENGERS / FRANK COWELL OF PLYMOUTH / DOLLY AYRES [OF PLYMOUTH] / SEAMEN / ALFRED SCAWN, ENGINEER OF PLYMOUTH, / CHARLES THOMPSON, COOK [OF PLYMOUTH] / HENRY DAVEY A.B. [OF PLYMOUTH], / HENRY HAWKINS, GREASER [OF PLYMOUTH], / JOHN FUDGE, FIREMAN OF JERSEY, /OUT OF THE DEEP HAVE I CALLED UNTO THE LORD' [South panel] FRANCOIS BELLEC, DE ST POL DE LÉON / YVES MILIN, [DE ST POL DE LÉON] / FRANCOIS VELLY, [DE ST POL DE LÉON] / CLAUDE CORRE [ST POL DE LÉON ] / YVES LE NENN, [ST POL DE LÉON] / PAUL LE ROUX, DE ROSCOFF / HENRI CREIGNOU, [DE ROSCOFF] / FRANCOIS LE BIHAN, [DE ROSCOFF] / JEAN-MARIE LE BIHAM, [DE ROSCOFF] / ESPRIT KERBIRION, [DE ROSCOFF] / JEAN-MARIE CORRE, [DE ROSCOFF] / JOSEPH TANGUY, [DE ROSCOFF] / CHARLES CABIOCH, [DE ROSCOFF] / YVES ARGOUARCH, DE SANTEC / DE PROFUNDIS CLAMAVI AD TE DOMINE'

Details

Description: In the form of a rock with a cross at the top within granite kerbs and railings.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Dartmoor granite
Artists: Harry Hem & Sons
Vessel: Channel Queen

People

Argouarch, Yves
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Ayres, Dolly
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Bellec, Francois
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Cabioch, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Corre, Jean-Marie
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Corre, Claude
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Cowell, Frank
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Creignou, Henri
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Davey, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:
Fudge, John
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation:
Hawkins, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Greaser
Organisation:
Kerbirion, Esprit
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Bihan, Francois
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Bihan, Jean-Marie
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Nenn, Yves
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Le Roux, Paul
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Milin, Yves
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Scawn, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation:
Tanguy, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:
Thompson, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation:
Velly, Francois
Age:
Date of Death: 1/2/1898
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Gravestone at Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby commemorating Henry Davy d. 1911 in the loss of the SS ‘Persia’

Location

Doughty Road Old Cemetery, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of Henry Davy chief engineer of the ill fated 'SS Persia' which was lost with all hands in the North Sea on or about 16 April 1911, aged 57 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Persia

People

Davy, Henry
Age: 57
Date of Death: 16/4/1911
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: Charles D. Flintham

Protestant burial ground, Rome, Italy

Gravestone in Protestant burial ground, Rome commemorating the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley d. 1822

Location

Protestant burial ground, Rome, Italy

Transcript

'PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY / COR CORDIUM / NATUS IV AUG MDCCXCII / OBIIT VIII JUL. MDCCCXXII / Nothing of him that doth fade / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Don Juan

People

Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Age:
Date of Death: 8/7/1822
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Poet
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Poet, drowned in yachting accident.
Bibliography: Dr Garnet 'The Shelley Monuments', 'Illustrated London News' (May 21 1892) p. 627.

Western esplanade, Southampton, England

Drinking fountain at Western esplanade, Southampton commemorating Mary Anne Rogers, stewardess lost in the wreck of the SS ‘Stella’ 1899

Location

Western esplanade, Southampton, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / THE HEROIC DEATH OF / MARY ANNE ROGERS / STEWARDESS OF THE 'STELLA' / WHO / ON THE NIGHT OF THE 30TH OF MARCH 1899, / AMID THE CONFUSION AND TERROR OF SHIPWRECK, / AIDED ALL THE WOMEN UNDER HER CHARGE / TO QUIT THE VESSEL IN SAFETY, / GIVING HER OWN LIFE-BELT TO ONE WHO WAS UNPROTECTED / URGED BY THE SAILORS TO MAKE SURE HER ESCAPE / SHE REFUSED, / LEST SHE MIGHT ENDANGER THE HEAVILY-LADEN BOAT, / CHEERING THE DEPARTING CREW / WITH THE FRIENDLY CRY OF 'GOOD-BYE, GOOD-BYE' / SHE WAS SEEN A FEW MOMENTS LATER AS THE 'STELLA' WENT DOWN, LIFTING HER ARMS UPWARD WITH THE PRAYER / 'LORD HAVE ME' / THEN SANK IN THE WATERS WITH THE SINKING SHIP / ACTIONS SUCH AS THESE REVEALING STEADFAST PERFORMANCE / OF DUTY IN THE FACE OF DEATH, READY SELF SACRIFICE FOR / THE SAKE OF OTHERS, RELIANCE ON GOD, CONSTITUTE THE / GLORIOUS HERITAGE OF OUR ENGLISH RACE, THEY / DESERVE PERPETUAL COMMEMORATION, BECAUSE AMONG THE TRIVIAL PLEASURES AND SORDID STRIFE / OF THE WORLD, THEY RECALL TO US FOREVER THE / NOBILITY AND LOVE-WORTHINESS OF HUMAN NATURE'

Details

Description: Drinking fountain under six-sided canopy on pillars. A stone ball on top of the canopy roof. Twenty four roses carved on cornice blocks below roof.
Type: Drinking fountain
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1901
Artists: Herbert Bryans
Vessel: SS Stella

People

Rogers, Mary Anne
Age:
Date of Death: 30/3/1899
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Stewardess
Organisation: London and South Western Railway

Extra

Notes: Stewardess on board SS 'Stella' wrecked on the Casquets on her way to Guernsey 30/3/1899. Paid for by public subscription. Inscription composed by Frances Power Cobbe.
Bibliography: Robert Douch 'Monuments and Memorials in Southampton' (Southampton, 1968); John Ovenden and David Shayer 'The wreck of the Stella: Titanic of the Channel Islands' (Guernsey, 1999) p.47.