Category Archives: Exploration

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

Memorial to Frederick Arthur Boore d. 1936, St Fagans

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.

St Sepulchre without Newgate, London, England

Window in 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).

Dingwall Museum, Dingwall, Highlands, Scotland

Wall tablet in Dingwall, Highlands, Scotland dedicated to Thomas Simpson. d. 1840

Location

Dingwall Museum, Dingwall, Highlands, Scotland

Transcript

'In memory of / THOMAS SIMPSON / a native of this County and Burgh / who departed this life / on the XV June MDCCCXL / a few days before he had completed / his Thirty Second Year. / Though removed so early / He had already attained the high / distinction of being the discoverer / of the long sought / NORTH WEST PASSAGE'

Details

Description: Gothic lettering.
Type: Wall tablet

People

Simpson, Thomas
Age: 31
Date of Death: 15/6/1840
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Hudson's Bay Company

Extra

Notes: Formerly in church. Claim based on erroneous belief that Simpson had reached the Gulf of Boothia in 1839.
Bibliography: William Barr 'Richard Cyriax's note concerning Thomas Simpson's claim ', 'Polar Record' vol. 36, pp.113-116, (Cambridge, 2000).

Devonport, Plymouth, England

Memorial in Devonport, Plymouth dedicated to Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

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Location

Devonport, 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.

Deptford, London, England

Wall tablet in Deptford, London dedicated to 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 Saviours now St Andrews, Torquay, Devon, England

Memorial in St Saviours now St Andrews, Torquay, Devon dedicated to Captain Charles Leonard Irby RN d. 1845 and Captain James Mangles RN d. 1867

Location

St Saviours now St Andrews, Torquay, Devon, England

Transcript

'SACRED/TO THE MEMORY OF CAPTAIN THE HONOURABLE / CHA. LEONARD IRBY R.N. / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / ON THE 3RD DECEMBER 1845 / AGED 56 / ALSO / TO THE MEMORY OF / JAMES MANGLES CAP. R.N. / WHO DIED AT FAIRFIELD / NEAR EXETER / NOVEMBER 18TH 1867 / IN THE 82 YEAR OF HIS AGE'

Details

Type: Gravestone

People

Irby, Charles Leonard
Age: 56
Date of Death: 3/12/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mangles, James
Age: 81
Date of Death: 18/11/1867
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Both men were travelers. Mangles was also a plant hunter and botanist.

All Saints Church, Stanton, Derbyshire, England

Memorial dedicated to Charles Taylor in Stanton, Derbyshire d. 1818

Location

All Saints Church, Stanton, Derbyshire, England

Transcript

'In memory of Charles Taylor Esq. / Surgeon in the Royal Navy. / Son of / John and Elizabeth Taylor / of Stanton in this Parish. / Being appointed / Surgeon, Mineralogist, and Botanist / to the first Sierra Leone Company. / He traveled through various parts of Africa / in search of knowledge and returned MDCCXCII, / Amply rewarded to his native country, / Which he continued to serve with fidelity / to the day of his death / the XXVIII day of November MDCCCXVIII / in the LVI year of his age'

Details

People

Taylor, Charles
Age: 55
Date of Death: 28/11/1818
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Kurnell, Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Obelisk in Kurnell, Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia. dedicated to Captain James Cook. d. 1779

Location

Kurnell, Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Details

Type: Obelisk
Materials: Sandstone
Date Erected: 1870

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Erected by Thomas Holt to celebrate the centenary of Captain Cook's landing at Kurnell.
Bibliography: Michael Hedger 'Public Sculpture in Australia' (Roseville East, NSW, c.1995) p. 14.