Forgot and Gone features four major steamship disasters. The Earl Gray, Greenock, in 1835. The Telegraph, Helensburgh, in
1842, The Orion, Portpatrick, 1850, and The Duke of Sutherland, Aberdeen, 1853. The book covers 40 incidents with the names
of 150 victims.
" I'll wander on, wi' tentless heed
How never halting moments speed,
Till fate shall snap the brittle thread;
Then, all unknown,
I'll lay me with th' inglorious dead,
Forgot and Gone " Epistle to James Smith - Burns
Unfortunately, " Forgot and Gone " is currently out of print but a photostat copy is available on request for
anyone who requires a full set of the entire Accidents series.
Below : My late brother, Charlie Cross ( 1955-1995 ) ( pictured right ) with the compiler. The picture was taken at Holytown
Churchyard, near Newhouse, Scotland. We are at the grave of our great grandfather, Andrew Pettigrew, who was killed in coal
mining accident in 1902.
Some further family photographs -click below