Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St John's Church, Les Amballes Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Headstone at St John’s Church, Les Amballes Road, Guernsey commemorating Charles Henry Winterflood d. 1886 in the loss of the ‘Never Despair’

Location

St John's Church, Les Amballes Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'In affectionate memory of Charles Henry, beloved son of Captain David Winterflood, lost at sea off Cape Barfleur 4th December 1886 aged 26 years and 3 months'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Never despair

People

Winterflood, Charles Henry
Age: 26
Date of Death: 4/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Crew member of 'Never Despair' bound Guernsey to London, laden with stone. Run into by French barque 'Edmund Gabriel'. All saved except Charles Winterflood.

Hanley Registry Office, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Plaque in Hanley Registry Office, Stoke-on-Trent commemorating Captain Edward John Smith d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

Hanley Registry Office, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Transcript

'This tablet is dedicated to the memory of Commander Edward John Smith RD RNR Born in Hanley 27 Jany 1850 died at sea 15 April 1912. Be British. Whilst in command of the White Star SS Titanic that great ship struck an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean during the night and speedily sank with nearly all who were on board. Captain Smith having done all that man could for the safety of the passengers and crew remained at his post on the sinking ship until the end. His last message to his crew was "Be British"'

Details

Type: Plaque.
Materials: Copper
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Smith, Edward John
Age: 62
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

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Notes: Photograph of John Smith hung above. This building was formerly the town hall.

St Faith's Church, Crosby, Lancashire, England

Plaque in St Faith’s Church, Crosby, Lancashire commemorating Joseph Bell d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

St Faith's Church, Crosby, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'...who was lost with all his engineering staff in the foundering of that vessel after collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean April 15th 1912'

Details

Type: Plaque
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Bell, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line

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Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 40.

St Nicholas's Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England

Wall tablet at St Nicholas’ Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk commemorating Archdale Wilson, d. 1758 in the loss of the ‘Prince George’

  

Location

St Nicholas's Chapel, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'Near this Place are deposited the Remains of / ANNE / Wife of JOHN WILSON ESQUIRE, / Who departed this Life 26 September 1767 / Aged 65 Years. / She was a Virtuous Woman, / whose example in All Relations to Life / was Worthy of Imitation. / Also six of their children were Here Buried / CATHERINE, MARY, ELIZABETH, / EDWARD, JOHN, ROBERT. / JOHN their first Born Son / was Buried at DIDLINGTON 1725. / ARCHDALE perished at Sea / on Board ye PRINCE GEORGE Man of War / (Burnt 11 April 1758) on his travels to ITALY / JOHN WILSON ESQUIRE / Departed this Life 14 May 1781 / In the 84th Year of his Age / He was SHERIFF of this County 1735 / MAYOR of this Borough 1753 / And in every Stage of his Life / A JUST and WORTHY Man.'

Details

Position: Wall outside choir vestry
Vessel: HMS Prince George

People

Wilson, Archdale
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/4/1758
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

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Notes: HMS 'Prince George' was originally built in Woolwich in 1682 as HMS ‘Duke’, a 90-gun second rate ship. It was relaunched in 1701. In 1757, she was commissioned as Rear Admiral Broderick’s flagship. A fire broke out below decks while sailing through the Bay of Biscay. Out of the 745 crew members, 485 perished.

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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

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

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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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