Category Archives: Exploration

St David's burial ground, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Rest of the World

Memorial in Hobart, Tasmania commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Burnett RN d. 1837

Location

St David's burial ground, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'SACRED / To the Memory of / LIEUT. THOMAS BURNETT R.N. / Who arrived in this Colony on 6th Jany. 1837 / with the appointment of Marine Surveyor / and while actively employed in the prosecution / of this object in D'Entrecasteaux's Channel / was unfortunately drowned by the upsetting / of a boat the 21st May following / Aged 31 / This monument erected as an individual / tribute of sorrowing attachment records at the / same time the public estimation in which / his worth and talent were held by this Colony / and his country and the grief of that / afflicted family which has to mourn in the / country of his birth the irreparable loss / it has sustained by the untimely death of / the best of sons and most affectionate / of brothers. / The stone bearing this / inscription was originally / intended for the central stand / of an observatory about to / be erected for his use.'

Details

Description: An inscribed stone drum bearing a globe in a metal stand.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Stone

People

Burnett, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 21/5/1837
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Richard Lord (comp.) 'Inscriptions in stone: St David's Burial Ground 1804-1872' (Tasmania, 1976) p. 34.

Euston Station, London, England

Statue at Euston Station, London depicting Captain Matthew Flinders RN d. 1814

Location

Euston Station, London, England

Transcript

'In commemoration of CAPTAIN MATTHEW FLINDERS RN 1774-1814 who named Australia and charted on unknown coast with the help of Bungaree and the crew of HM Sloop Investigator. Unveiled by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in July 2014.' [Round cat] 'Trim his close companion'

Details

Description: Kneeling figure of Flinders on a circular plinth holding dividers, his cat Trim by his left foot. The plinth has a map of Australia on the top.
Type: Statue
Position: Outside front entrance
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 2014
Artists: Mark Richards

People

Flinders, Matthew
Age: 40
Date of Death: 19/7/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Finders was buried nearby in the adjoining St James's Cemetery. His remains, long thought to be lost, were unearthed by archaeologists in 2019 during excavation of the site, prior to the extension of the station to make way for the new HS2 line. A plate on Flinders' lead coffin enabled identification of the bones: 'Capt. Matthew / Flinders RN / Died 19th July / 1814 / Aged 40 Years'.

St Mary's Church, St Fagans, Glamorgan, Wales

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, St Fagans to Frederick Arthur Boore d. 1936

Location

St Mary's Church, St Fagans, Glamorgan, Wales

Transcript

'Frederick Arthur Boore, Master Mariner and Explorer. Born 5th Jan 1853. Died 18th Dec 1936. Also Martha Ann Boore, his wife. Born 4th August 1878. Died 23rd August 1951. Also their daughter Winifred Mary Boore. Born 12th April 1901. Died Oct 3rd 1901.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Boore, Frederick Arthur
Age: 83
Date of Death: 18/12/1936
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: explorer
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Bibliography: From a transcript made by Glamorgan Family History Society.
Recorder: David J. Wickham; D Saunders 1993

St Martin's Gardens, Pratt Street, Camden Town, London, England

Memorial in Camden Town, London commemorating Sir John Barrow d. 1848

Location

St Martin's Gardens, Pratt Street, Camden Town, London, England

Details

Type: Ledger
Materials: Stone

People

Barrow, John
Age: 84
Date of Death: 23/11/1848
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Secretary of the Admiralty. Writer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Secretary of the Admiralty, writer on exploration. Also commemorated on round tower monument at Ulverston, his grave survives in St Martin's Gardens, Camden Town.
Bibliography: 'Dictionary of National Biography'; 'David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p.123.

St Sepulchre without Newgate, London, England

Window in St Sepulchre Without Newgate, London dedicated to Captain John Smith d. 1631

Location

St Sepulchre without Newgate, London, England

Transcript

[On a brass plate] 'THIS WINDOW DEDICATED 1968 WAS GIVEN BY BRADFORD SMITH 1909-1964 AMERICAN BIOGRAPHER OF CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH'

Details

Description: A window of three lights. Left window, A full-length portrait inscribed 'Robert Bertie Earl of Lindsey KG'. Below, a roundel with a ship portrait 'Discovery 20 tons'. Centre 'President of the Council of Virginia and Admiral of England 1608, 1609, 1614 Captain John Smith'. Below, a roundel with a ship portrait 'Susan Constant 120 tons'. Right window 'Sir Samuel Saltonstall', 'Godspeed 40 tons'.
Type: Brass; window
Vessel: Discovery, Godspeed, Susan Constant

People

Smith, John
Age:
Date of Death: 1631
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Admiral of New England. Explorer and colonizer.

Berkeley Vale, Gloucestershire, England

Memorial in Berkeley Vale, Gloucestershire, commemorating Captain William Mower RN

Location

Berkeley Vale, Gloucestershire, England

Details

People

Mower, William
Age:
Date of Death:
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Sailed with Cook.

Name does not appear in the list of commissioned officers of the Royal Navy.

Nor does this name appear on the muster books of Cook's ships: Endeavour, Scorpion Discovery, Resolution, Adventure or Grenville.

St Cecilia's Church, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, England

Gravestone at St Cecilia’s Church, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire commemorating Captain William Harvey RN d. 1807

Location

St Cecilia's Church, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / CAPTAIN WILLIAM HARVEY / late of the R.N. / Who accompanied that Illustrious / Navigator CAPTAIN JAMES COOK / on his three voyages of / Discoveries, who died July 12th / 1807 Aged 65 Years. / Frequently having observed in the course / of his travels the wonderful works of the / Almighty and the words of Job truly verified /' He stretcheth the North over the / empty place, and hangeth the / Earth upon nothing'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: South side of churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: HMS Endeavour

People

Harvey, William
Age:
Date of Death: 12/7/1807
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: 'Clutterbuck's History of Hertfordshire' vol. iv (London, 1895).
Recorder: A.J. Richardson

Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, England

Statue on Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth depicting Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

Location

Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, England

Transcript

'FRANCIS DRAKE SAILED FROM PLYMOUTH ON DECEMBER 13, 1577 TO / BEGIN THE 'FAMOUS VOYAGE' DURING WHICH HE TRAVERSED THE STRAIT / OF MAGELLAN AND DISCOVERED DRAKE PASSAGE SOUTH OF CAPE HORN. / DRAKE THEN SAILED THE GOLDEN HINDE NORTH AND IN JUNE 1579 / LANDED IN CALIFORNIA. hE TOOK POSSESSION OF THAT REGION FOR / QUEEN ELIZABETH NAMING IT NOVA ALBION. HE RETURNED TO PLYMOUTH / SEPTEMBER 26, 1580 HAVING CIRCUMNAVIGATED THE GLOBE. DRAKE / WAS KNIGHTED ABOARD THE GOLDEN HINDE AT DEPTFORD IN THE / PRESENCE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH ON APRIL 4 1581. / THIS PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED AUGUST 5, 1977 BY THE STATE OF / CALIFORNIA SIR FRANCIS DRAKE COMMISSION IN COMMEMORATION OF / THE QUADRICENTENNIAL OF DRAKE'S VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD.'

Details

Description: A full-length bronze figure standing beside a globe on a rectangular, granite plinth.
Type: Statue
Position: Plymouth Hoe
Materials: Bronze, granite plinth
Date Erected: 14/2/1884
Artists: Joseph Boehm

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 1596
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Copy of the statue at Tavistock, Drake's birthplace (cast from the same mould). It is without the bas-reliefs on the base. The plaster studio model from which the two statues were cast, was discovered outdoors at Haldon Hill, south of Exeter where it had stood outside a tearooms. It was acquired by the National Trust in 2002 and is now at Buckland Abbey.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

Deptford, London, England

Wall tablet in Deptford, London commemorating Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

Location

Deptford, London, England

Transcript

"SIR FRANCIS DRAKE

IN 1581, QUEEN ELIZABETH 1 COMMANDED THAT FRANCIS DRAKE'S SHIP, THE GOLDEN HIND, BE DRAWN INTO A CREEK NEAR HERE AT DEPTFORD AS A PERPETUAL MEMORIAL FOR HAVING "CIRCUITED ROUND THE WHOLE EARTH".

ON 4 APRIL 1581, SHE BANQUETED ON BOARD THE GOLDEN HIND AND "CONSECRATED IT WITH GREAT CEREMONIE, POMPE, AND MAGNIFICENCE ETERNALLY TO BE REMEMBERED" AND FORTHWITH KNIGHTED DRAKE ON HIS SHIP IN RECOGNITION OF THE HONOUR THAT HE HAD BROUGHT TO ENGLAND BY HIS DISCOVERIES AND CIRCUMNAVIGATION IN THE YEARS 1577-1580.


HIS ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDED DISCOVERY OF OPEN SEA FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC BELOW SOUTH AMERICA; OPENING OF ENGLISH TRADE IN THE FAR EAST; AND THE CLAIM TO THE WESTERN REGION OF NORTH AMERICA FOR ENGLAND, NAMING IT NOVA ALBION (NEW ENGLAND), AND THEREBY LINKING IT WITH CLAIMS TO THE EAST COAST AND ENCOURAGING SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD.

DRAKE'S VOYAGE FOSTERED THE PRINCIPLE EXPRESSED BY THE QUEEN THAT THE VSE OF THE SEA AS OF THE AYRE IS COMON TO ALL, AND THAT THE PUBLIQUE NECESSITIE PERMITS NOT IT SHOULD BE POSSESSED."

"PRESENTED BY THE DRAKE NAVIGATORS GUILD, CALIFORNIA, QUADRICENTENNIAL, 4TH APIRL 1981"

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Near foreshore
Date Erected: 1981
Vessel: Golden Hind,

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 1596
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Erected by the Drake Navigators Guild of California to commemorate the knighting of Drake

St Mary's Church, Fetcham, Surrey, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Fetcham commemorating Admiral Sir George Henry Richards d. 1896

Location

St Mary's Church, Fetcham, Surrey, England

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: North aisle

People

Richards, George Henry
Age: 76
Date of Death: 14/11/1896
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Head of the Admiralty Hydrographic Department and later the Managing Director of the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company.