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  • Alexander John Graham (1857 - 1902)
    1901 Census Port Dalhousie Graham Alex J. M Head M Aug 18 1857 43 Mary F Wife M Sep 23 1863 37 George P. M Son S Jun 27 1894 6 Wm L. M Son S Jan 30 1896 5 John D. M Son S Aug 29 1899 Ludwig Andrew G ...
  • Surgeon Lieutenant John Edward Chesterfield Peacock (1911 - 1941)
    HMS Hood Association Guy's Hospital Memorial List
  • Pierce Thomas De La Garde Grissell (1924 - 1942)
    CWGC uboat.net Forces War Records (requires subscription)
  • Gavin Browning Paton (1900 - 1940)
    Gavin died in the biggest maritime disaster in WW2. he had been rescued from Dunkirk and was aboard the Lancastria when it was attacked and sunk. His body was recovered in the Bay of Biscay and he is b...
  • Captain Ernest Michael McSorley (1912 - 1975)
    grave Ernest Michael McSorley (September 29, 1912 – November 10, 1975) was the last captain of the ill-fated Laker-type freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald. McSorley died along with the other 28 members o...

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notes

From Shipwreck - Mysteries of Death at Sea

It is a terrible tragedy when a boat is lost and those who are lost with it are not recovered for a proper burial. "When vessels leave port and just disappear, the doubt is corrosive. It eats away at the spirit," Good said, explaining that his website still receives inquiries from loved ones about vessels and crewmen who disappeared up to 50 years ago.


Why Should Captains Go Down With Their Ships?

... moral abandonment of their passengers and crew cannot be justified under any law or custom. Many other captains, though, have exceeded their legal obligations, remaining on board to the last or going down with their ships. Those choices reflect tradition and the individual captain's sense of duty and professionalism. They were not coerced by the terms of any law, but rather by custom and by their perception of the scope of their responsibilities.


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