Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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.

Lake cemetery, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England

Memorial at Lake cemetery, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, commemorating John Moss, William Moss, Charles Moss, Charles Selth, Henry Kirkaldie d. 1887 in the loss of ‘Pride of the Sea’

Location

Lake cemetery, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / John Moss aged 53 / William Moss aged 48 / Charles Moss aged 36 / Charles Selth aged 51 / Henry Kirkaldie aged 34 / owners and crew of the Walmer lugger Pride of the Sea, which with all hands as above named was lost in the gale of the night of 29th October, 1887, off Shanklin, in the Isle of Wight. "Underneath are the everlasting arms". Deut. xxxiii, 27 "Oh Christ, whose voice the waters heard / And hush'd their raging at Thy word, / Who walkedst on the foaming deep, / And calm amid the storm didst sleep; / O hear us when we cry to Thee / For those in peril on the sea" "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not," St Luke xii., 40. This stone has been erected by the men of Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown and by other sorrowing friends'

Details

Description: '...a rock surmounted by a cross which has the appearance of weather-beaten oak. Beneath and fastened to the cross is an anchor with a broken strand of rope. The grave is enclosed with an iron chain supported by eight very solid stone supports shaped in keeping with the rock which bear the inscription.'
Type: Memorial
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Pride of the Sea

People

Kirkaldie, Henry
Age: 34
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Moss, John
Age: 53
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Moss, William
Age: 48
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Moss, Charles
Age: 36
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Selth, Charles
Age: 51
Date of Death: 29/10/1887
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: E.C. Pain 'The Last of our Luggers and the men who sailed them' (Deal, 1929) pp. 98-100 (illustration).

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial at Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating Hugh J. Potter d. 1881 in the loss of the ‘Eurynome’

Location

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: K112
Vessel: Eurynome

People

Potter, Hugh J.
Age:
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Eurynome' iron ship, foundered during a voyage from Australia to Falmouth loaded with wheat.

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

Memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery commemorating Captain Fry and those who died in the loss of the ‘Li-Chi’ in 1878

Location

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

Transcript

'In memory of Captain FRY (or Pry), Mr MCLEISH and those who were lost in the R.C. Li-chi, 8th. October, 1878'

Details

Description: Cross springing from anchor at the head of a horizontal stab.
Type: Monument
Vessel: Li-chi

People

Fry, Fry
Age:
Date of Death: 8/10/1878
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Chinese Navy

Extra

Recorder: Christine Thomas

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Engineer Lieutenant-Commander David J. McGregor RN d. 1914 in the loss of HMS ‘Hawke’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Mary wife of Donald McGregor / Born on St Andrew's day 1845 / Died at Cardiff on St Patrick's Day 1912 / Also of their first born child / Margaret / who died at Hebburn-on-Tyne 1878 / Buried in Jarrow Cemetery / Also of Engr Lt Commr David J McGregor R.N. / of H.M.S. Hawke. Lost with vessel in North Sea 15th October 1914 / A model son and kind brother / Also the above Donald McGregor / Who died March 31st 1928 / Aged 82 years / Also of Jessie Leslie McGregor / daughter of the above / who died October 10th 1938 / Aged 58 years'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: White marble
Vessel: HMS Hawke

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

McGregor, David. J.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/10/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Engineer Lieutenant Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Hawke', 1st Class cruiser, sunk by 'U-9' in the North Sea.
Recorder: David J. Wickham

St Martin's Parish Church, St Martin's, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Gravestone at St Martin’s Parish Church, St Martin’s, Guernsey commemorating John Priaulx d. 1882 in the loss of the ‘Alice’

Location

St Martin's Parish Church, St Martin's, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'In loving memory of John Priaulx who was lost at sea in the brigantine 'Alice' of Guernsey which foundered with all hands in the gale of the 22nd October 1882 aged 36 years'

Details

Description: In relief, a ring of rope and within an anchor and chain.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Portland stone
Vessel: Alice

People

Priaulx, John
Age: 36
Date of Death: 22/10/1882
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

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

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland commemorating Captain John McNeill Boyd RN and other men of the coastguard, lost in a lifesaving attempt in 1861

Location

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'In memory of Captain John McNeill Boyd R.N.; John Curry, Able Seaman; Thomas Murray, Able Seaman; John Russell, ordinary seaman, James Johnson, ordinary seaman; Alexander Forsythe, ordinary seaman; who lost their lives on the outside of the east pier at Kingstown, in noble efforts to rescue the crew of the wrecked brig Neptune, during a fearful gale from the E.N.E. on the 9th February 1861. To commemorate the death of six brave sailors of H.M.S. Ajax this monument is raised. The providence of God ordained that they should die, not on board their ship defending their country, but as Christian men seeking to save their perishing brethren. They glorified God, whose waves went over them, by a death not unmeet for Christian Britain. Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends. John IV. 13. Erected by the Commodore Hastings R Yelverton, C.B. Controller-General of the Coast Guard, the officers and ship's company (including tenders) of H.M.S. Ajax and the officers and men of the Kingstown district Coast Guard.'

Details

Description: A broken mast on a rectangular plinth.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Ajax

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Curry, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Forsythe, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Johnson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Murray, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Russell, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane. Memorial also commemorates crew members lost at the same time who are buried in this cemetery.
Bibliography: 'Illustrated London News' (5 Oct 1861), p357.
Recorder: Christine Parkes, 5/3/1982