Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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:

Extra

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.
Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1970

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:

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.
Recorder: June Marshall

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Joseph W Richardson d. 1918

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Joseph W Richardson / Aged 37 / Chief Officer S.S. “Saxon” / Lost through enemy / action off coast of Norway / May: 7: 1918'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: SS Saxon

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Richardson, Joseph Walter
Age: 37
Date of Death: 7/5/1918
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation: Mercantile Marine

Extra

Notes: SS 'Saxon' torpedoed and sunk off Fair Isle, Shetland

Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001)

Photographer: P Lacey

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

Extra

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.
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Memorial in Shadycombe Church, 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: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: P. Cove; E.R. Stage 1982

Grafton Bridge Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand, Rest of the World

Gravestone in Grafton Bridge Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand commemorating Commodore William Farquharson Burnett RN d. 1863 in the loss of HMS ‘Orpheus’

Location

Grafton Bridge Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Sacred / to the Memory / of / William Farquharson Burnett, / C.B. / Commodore of H.M.S. Orpheus / Commanding Officer / Australian Naval Station, / Commodore Royal Navy. / Drowned 7th February 1863. / Aged 46 years' [Hetherington] 'Sacred to the memory of William Farquharson Burnett, Esq, CB., who perished with 22 officers and 167 men, in the total loss of H.M.S. Orpheus, on the Manukau Bar, New Zealand, on Feb.9, 1863. Erected by the officers of her Majesty's ships under his command' [ILN]

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Orpheus

People

Burnett, William Farquharson
Age: 46
Date of Death: 7/2/1863
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Commodore RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Buried 23/2/1863. DOSSIER.
Bibliography: 'Illustrated London News' (5 March 1864) p. 241, 237-8; Roy M. Hetherington 'The wreck of HMS Orpheus-New Zealand's Worst sea disaster' (Auckland, 1968).

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Gravestone at St Oswald’s Church, Filey commemorating Frederick Arthur Chater d. 1917 in the loss of the SS ‘Lady Ann’

Location

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Details

Vessel: SS Lady Ann

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Chater, Frederick Arthur
Age: 64
Date of Death: 16/2/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: First Mate
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: 'Lady Ann' torpedoed off Scarborough 16 February 1917. Cargo ship laden with coal.
Recorder: Alex Chatwin

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Memorial at Westoe Cemetery, South Shields commemorating James Osborne Davison d. 1861 in the loss of the ‘Queen of Freedom’

Location

Westoe Cemetery, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Details

Vessel: Queen of Freedom

People

Davison, James Osborne
Age: 45
Date of Death: 1861
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Master mariner, lost at sea with entire crew of the barque 'Queen of Freedom' foundered 1861.

St Candida's Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Memorial in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, commemorating Admiral Sir George Somers, RN d. 1610 who died in Bermuda

Location

St Candida's Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Transcript

'ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS KT / SHIPMATE OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH / COLONIZER OF THE BERMUDAS / BORN NEAR LYME REGIS 1554 / OWNER OF BERNE MANOR / IN WHITCHURCH CANONICORUM / DIED IN THE BERMUDAS, NOVEMBER 1610 / BURIED BENEATH THE OLD CHANTRY / UNDER THE PRESENT VESTRY JULY 4 1611 / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 1908'

Details

Description: The inscription within a border of foliage. Tablet in St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum dedicated to George Somers. d. 1908

Type: Tablet
Position: South wall of chancel
Materials: Brass
Date Erected: 1908
Vessel: Sea Venture

People

Somers, George
Age: 56
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

Extra

Notes: George Somers founded the English colony of Bermuda, also known as Somers Isles. His shipwreck in 'Sea Venture' (which he survived) is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.

Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 191 (Greenwich,1987).

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Gravestone at Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey commemorating John Toll d. 1879 in the loss of the ‘Lizzie’ and Walter George Toll d. 1897 in the loss of the ‘Rose of Devon’

Location

Candie Cemetery, Upland Road, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'Sacred / to the memory of / John Toll / Lost at sea Nov 22nd 1879 / Aged 29 years. / ...and their son / Walter G.S. / Lost at sea Nov 28th 1897 / aged 22 years...'

Details

Vessel: Lizzie, Rose of Devon

People

Toll, John
Age: 29
Date of Death: 22/11/1879
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Toll, Walter George S.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 28/11/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: David Kreckeler 'Nineteenth Century Monumental Memorials in Guernsey and their history of nautical interest' (typescript).
Recorder: David Kreckeler 1981