Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Mary's Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

Gravestone at St Mary’s Church, Cardigan commemorating Thomas Harries Griffiths d. 1875 in the loss of the ‘Leading Star’

Location

St Mary's Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

Transcript

'...Also in loving memory of the above named Thomas Harries Griffiths who lost his life on board the brig Leading Star on a voyage from South Shields to Folkestone on or about the 28 November 1875 aged 40 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Graveyard
Vessel: Leading Star

People

Griffiths, Thomas Harries
Age: 40
Date of Death: 28/11/1875
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Abney Park Cemetery, Abney Park, London, England

Memorial in Abney Park Cemetery, London dedicated to Henry Orfeur d. 1856 and John Orfeur d. 1862

Location

Abney Park Cemetery, Abney Park, London, England

Transcript

'The sea shall give up its dead', ' Sacred to the memory of Henry Orfeur, lost with all the crew, by the wreck of the schooner Invoice, in the Bristol Channel, Nov. 23, 1856, aged 23 years. Also John his brother, of the barque Geraldine, last heard of April 14, 1862, near the equator, aged 17 years'

Details

Vessel: Geraldine, Invoice

People

Orfeur, Henry
Age: 23
Date of Death: 23/11/1856
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Orfeur, John
Age: 17
Date of Death: 1862
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Rev. Thomas B. Barker 'Abney Park Cemetery' (London, 1869) p.28.

Also of John Orfeur. d. 1862

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating William Gilbert d. 1916

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'William Gilbert aged 26, lost from H.M. Patrol Yacht 'Zarefah' off the Scotch coast May 8 1916'.

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: HMY Zarefah

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Gilbert, William
Age: 26
Date of Death: 8/5/1916
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Minesweeper HMY 'Zarefah' mined 8 May 1917 off Orkney.
Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St Peter's Church, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand, Rest of the World

Memorial at St Peter’s Church, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand commemorating Reverend Charles B. Haslewood d. 1863 in the loss of HMS ‘Orpheus’

Location

St Peter's Church, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Sacred / to the Memory of / Rev. Charles B. / Haslewood, / Chaplain of H.M.S. Orpheus. / Drowned at Manukau / Heads on February 7 / 1863 / Aged 33 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Orpheus

People

Haslewood, Charles B.
Age: 33
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chaplain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

East Park, Southampton, England

Memorial at East Park, Southampton commemorating the engineer officers of the ‘Titanic’ lost in 1912

Location

East Park, Southampton, England

Transcript

[On plinth below Victory] 'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN / THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS / LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. / ST JOHN 15TH CH 13TH V.' [Below] 'TO THE MEMORY OF THE ENGINEER OFFICERS OF THE R.M.S. TITANIC, WHO SHOWED / THEIR HIGH CONCEPTION OF DUTY AND THEIR / HEROISM BY REMAINING AT THEIR POSTS / 15TH APRIL 1912 / ERECTED BY THEIR FELLOW ENGINEERS AND FRIENDS / THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.' [Left panel] 'JOSEPH BELL JONATHAN SHEPHERD / WM. E. FARQUHARSON CHARLES HODGE / JNO. H. HESKETH FRANCIS E.G. COY / NORMAN E. HARRISON JAMES FRASER / GEORGE F. HOSKING HENRY R. DYER / EDWARD C. DODDS RENNY W. DODDS / LEONARD HODGKINSON ARTHUR WARD / JAMES M. SMITH THOMAS H. KEMP / BERT. WILSON FRANK A. PARSONS / HERBERT G. HARVEY WILLIAM D. MACKIE.' [Right panel] 'ROBERT MILLAR ALFRED P. MIDDLETON / WILLIAM Y. MOYES ALBERT G. ERVINE / WILLIAM MCREYNOLDS WILLIAM KELLY / HENRY R. CREESE GEORGE A. CHISWALL / THOMAS MILLAR HUGH FITZPATRICK / PETER SLOAN ARTHUR A. ROUS / ALFRED S. ALLSOPP WILLIAM L. DUFFY / HERBERT JUPE / ALSO / THOMAS ANDREWS ARCHD FROST / ROBERT KNIGHT.'

Details

Description: A semicircular seat, above flanked by columns, two bronze reliefs of marine engineers, in the centre Glory, standing on a ships prow holding two wreaths. She is crowning the 'martyrs of duty'.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite, bronze
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Messrs Whitehead & Sons; Ferdinand Victor Blundstone; Romeo Rathmann
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Alsopp, Alfred Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Andrews, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Naval Architect
Organisation:
Bell, William Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Chiswall, George Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Coy, Francis Edward George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 3rd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Creese, Henry Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Deck Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Dodds, Renny Watson
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Duffy, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Clerk, Engineer Department
Organisation: White Star Line
Dyer, Henry Ryland
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ervine, Albert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Farquharson, William E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Fitzpatrick, Hugh
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Boiler Maker
Organisation: White Star Line
Fraser, James
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: White Star Line
Frost, Archibald
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Harrison, Norman
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Harvey, Herbert Gifford
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assitant 2nd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hesketh, J. H.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodge, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior Assistant 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hodgkinson, Leonard
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Hosking, George Fox
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 3rd Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Jupe, Herbert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kelly, William
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electician
Organisation: White Star Line
Kemp, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Knight, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading hand Engineer
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Mackie, William Dixie
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
McReynolds, William M.E.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 6th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Middleton, Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Assistant Electrician
Organisation: White Star Line
Millar, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Extra 5th Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Moyes, William Young
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 6th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Parsons, Frank Alfred
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 5th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Rous, Arthur A.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Plumber
Organisation: White Star Line
Shepherd, Jonathan
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: White Star Line
Sloan, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Electrician
Organisation:
Smith, James M.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Ward, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Junior Assistant 4th Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line
Wilson, B.
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Senior 2nd Assistant Engineer
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Notes: Unveiled on April 22 1914 by Sir Archibald Denny. Erected by subscription from the public and fellow engineers. Victor Blundstone is the sculptor and the figure of Victory is by Romeo Rathman.
Bibliography: Robert Douch 'Monuments and Memorials in Southampton' (Southampton, 1968); Brian Ticehurst 'The Titanic, Southamptons Memorials' (Poole, 1987) (illustration). 'Builder' 6 June 1913 p. 651.
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson

Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, England

Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk commemorating Vice-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, RN, d. 1782 in the loss of HMS ‘Cato’

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE / OF / SIR HYDE PARKER BART. / VICE ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE SQUADRON / OF H M FLEET. / COMMANDER OF H.M. SHIPS / AT ST LUCIA / ON THE 25TH OF MARCH 1780, / AND IN THE ACTION OFF THE DOGGER BANK / THE 5TH AUGUST 1781 WHO WAS LOST AT SEA IN PROCEEDING TO TAKE THE CHIEF NAVAL COMMAND / IN THE EAST INDIES / 1782 IN H.M. SHIP CATO / THIS TESTIMONY OF RESPECT TO / THE FATHER OF SIR HARRY / IS INSCRIBED'

Details

Type: Chest-tomb
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Cato

People

Parker, Hyde
Age: c. 67
Date of Death: 1782
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral of the Blue
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Church, Batheaston, Bath, England

Plaque at Batheaston, Bath, dedicated to Lieutenant Douglas Carteret Sealy d. 1922

Location

Church, Batheaston, Bath, England

Transcript

[Verse from Revelations XX:13 below and above inscription] 'To the glory of God and in Undying Memory of Lt Douglas Carteret Sealy DSC RN Youngest Son of the late Edmund Sealy Esq of Matihari, Bengal, India, Born November 23 1891 Commander HM submarine H42 lost with all hands off Europa Point, Gibraltar, March 23 1922'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Near choir
Materials: Brass
Vessel: H42

People

Sealy, Douglas Carteret
Age:
Date of Death: 23/3/1922
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS H42 was lost off Gibraltar in 1922, having been accidentally rammed by HMS Versatile whilst both were practicing maneuvers.

Old Cemetery, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Memorial at Old Cemetery, Ipswich, Suffolk commemorating George Butcher, d. 1890 in the loss of SS ‘Thanemore’

Location

Old Cemetery, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'George Frederick BUTCHER, eldest son of George Frederick and Louisa Susan Butcher, who lost his life by the foundering in the Atlantic of the SS THANEMORE of Liverpool, November 27th 1890, aged 50 years'

Details

Vessel: SS Thanemore

People

Butcher, George Frederick
Age: 50
Date of Death: 27/11/1890
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Johnston Line

Extra

Notes: The SS 'Thanemore' burned and sank in heavy weather in the Atlantic, with the loss of 43 lives.

Portland, Dorset, England

Obelisk in Portland, Dorset, commemorating the crew of HMS ‘Illustrious’ d. 1948

Location

Portland, Dorset, England

Details

Type: Obelisk
Vessel: HMS Illustrious

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Illustrious', crew drowned in boat capsize, Portland Harbour, 17/10/1948.

York minster, York, North Yorkshire, England

Monument in York minister commemorating Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock d. 1914

Location

York minster, York, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND / THE MEMORY OF / REAR-ADMIRAL SIR CHRISTOPHER CRADOCK / KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER, / COMPANION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH / WHO GALLANTLY UPHOLDING / THE HIGH TRADITION OF THE BRITISH NAVY / LED HIS SQUADRON / AGAINST AN OVERWHELMING FORCE OF THE ENEMY / OFF CORONEL ON THE COAST OF CHILE / AND FELL GLORIOUSLY IN ACTION / ON ALL SAINTS DAY 1914 / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY HIS GRATEFUL COUNTRYMEN / 'GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD DO THIS THING / TO FLEE AWAY FROM THEM / IF OUR TIME BE COME LET US MANFULLY DIE FOR OUR BRETHEREN / AND LET US NOT STAIN OUR HONOUR' 1 MACCABEES'

Details

Description: Portrait relief of Cradock flanked by gilt figures representing Loyalty and Courage.


Type: Monument
Position: North transept
Materials: Marble
Artists: Frederick William Pomeroy
Vessel: HMS Good Hope

Event

Battle of Cape Coronel

Event Date

1914

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Cradock, Christopher
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1914
Cause of Death: Vessel Lost
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Ed. G.E. Aylmer & Reginald Cant 'A History of York Minster' (Oxford, 1977).