Category Archives: Exploration

Straits of Megallan, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

Memorial near the Straits of Magellan, Chile commemorating Rear-Admiral Phillip Parker King d. 1856

Location

Straits of Megallan, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

Transcript

'ARMADA DE CHILE / INSTITUTO DE COMEMORACION HISTORICA DE CHILE / HOMENAJE AL / CONTRAALMIRANTE / PHILLIP PARKER KING / 1793-1856 / DIRIGIO LOS MAS IMPORTANTES TRABAJOS / HYDROGRAFICOS BRITANICOS EN EL LITORAL / CHILENO DE LA PATAGONIA Y LA TIERRA DEL FUEGO / ENTRE 1826 Y 1830 QUE FUERON HITOSV/ INVALUABLESPARA EL CONOCIMIENTO GEOGRAPHICO / MARITIMO Y CIENTIFICO DE NUESTRA ZONA AUSTRAL / UNIVERSIDAD DE MAGALLANES / SOCIEDAD CHILENA DE HISTORIA Y GEOGRAPHIA / ACADEMIA DE HISTORIA NAVAL Y MARITIMA DE CHILE / CORPORACION DEL PATRIMONIO MARITIMO DE CHILE / CORPORACION DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURAL DE CHILE / 2008'

Details

Description: Rough obelisk made of water-smoothed stones and cement, with a metal plaque.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Beagle

People

King, Phillip Parker
Age: 65
Date of Death: 26/2/1856
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Market place, Donington, Lincolnshire, England

Statue at Donington, Lincolnshire of Captain Matthew Flinders RN d. 1814

Location

Market place, Donington, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

On map 'MATHEW FLINDERS 1774-1814' on Australia 'VOYAGE / TO / TERRA AUSTRALIS / 1801 1802 AND 1805'.

Details

Description: Full-length statue of Flinders in uniform holding a telescope, His cat Trim by his feet. On the base plate, a bronze map of Australia with his route and ship. Signed: 'Judith Holmes Drewry 2006 LEBLANC FINE ART FOUNDRY'. Set in the surrounding pavement are three other bronze plaques - sea creatures, a tree signed HB, two ships signed SC.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 2006
Artists: Judith Holmes Drewry

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: The pavement plaques produced with pupils from Thomas Crowley High School, Donington. The statue produced by Fens Tourism Ltd with funding from the European Union Regional Development Fund and Lincolnshire County Council.

St Mary's Church, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England

Wall tablet in Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, commemorating Robert Shedden d. 1849.

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Location

St Mary's Church, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England

Transcript

'WILHELMINA, / THE BEREAVED MOTHER, / ERECTS THIS MONUMENT TO THE MEMORY OF / HER ONLY AND WELL BELOVED SON / ROBERT SHEDDEN. / HE BUILT AND FITTED OUT HIS R.T.C. SCHOONER YACHT, / THE 'NANCY DAWSON,' / AND IN THIS FRAIL BARK HE BRAVELY EXPLORED / THE FROZEN OCEAN IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS, / IN A DISINTERESTED SEARCH AFTER THE LONG MISSING / SIR JOHN FRANKLIN, / AND HIS GALLANT BAND IN VAIN, / DISAPPOINTED IN HIS GENEROUS HOPE, / AND WORN DOWN BY ANXIETY, / AND SLEEPLESS WATCHING / HE DROOPED AND DIED, / AS HE WISHED ON THE DARK BLUE SEA. / HE EXPIRED ON BOARD HIS YACHT, / ON 16TH NOVEMBER 1849 / AGED 30 YEARS. / HIS NOBLE REMAINS ARE INTERRED / NEAR THE WILD WAVES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN, / IN THE PROTESTANT BURIAL GROUND AT MAZATLAN. / HIS PRECIOUS SOUL RESTS / WITH HIS FATHER AND HIS GOD. / RESURGAM'

Details

Description: A marble tablet on a slate backing with a gothic arch surrounding the inscription tablet; the Shedden arms above the lettering. A relief profile of the yacht is placed on the slate below the marble tablet.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall of chancel
Materials: Marble: slate
Artists: Thomas Gaffin
Vessel: Nancy Dawson

People

Shedden, Robert
Age: 30
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The Nancy Dawson was the first yacht to round Port Barrow and circumnavigate the world. Read more at http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/148623.html#kGRBdQkpmoBQL2YY.99
Recorder: B. Tomlinson. 2007.

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Window dedicated to Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618, in Bristol Cathedral.

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Location

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Transcript

'WALTER RALEIGH', 'ROBERT BLAKE'

Details

Description: Full length standing figure in four light window as companion to Robert Blake.
Type: Window
Position: South side of nave
Materials: Stained glass

Event Category

1584-1604 Conflict between England and Spain

People

Blake, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 1657
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: General at Sea
Organisation: Royal Navy
Raleigh, Walter
Age:
Date of Death: 1618
Cause of Death: Executed
Rank / Occupation: Explorer
Organisation:

Extra

Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, England

Memorial in Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, dedicated to Captain James Cook d.1779

Location

Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / of CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, of the Royal Navy, / one of the most celebrated Navigators, that this/or former Ages can boast of; who was killed by / the natives of Owyhee, in the Pacific Ocean, on the /14th Day of February, 1779; in the 51st Year of his Age. / Of Mr. NATHANIEL COOK, who was lost with the / Thunderer Man of War, Captain Boyle Walsingham / in a most dreadful Hurricane, in October, 1780; / aged 16 years. / Of Mr. HUGH COOK, of Christ's College, CAMBRIDGE / who died on the 21st of December 1793; aged 17 Years. / Of JAMES COOK Esq: COMMANDER in the ROYAL NAVY / who lost his Life on the 25th of January, 1794; in / going from Poole to the Spitfire Sloop of War, which / he commanded; in the 31st Year of his Age. / Of ELIZth COOK, who died April 9th 1771. Aged 4 years / JOSEPH COOK, who died Sept 13th 1768. Aged 1 month / GEORGE COOK who died Oct 1st, 1772. Aged 4 Months / All Children of the first mentioned CAPT. JAMES COOK by / ELIZABETH COOK, who survived her husband 56 years & / departed this life 13th May, 1835 at her residence Clapham, Surrey / in the 94th YEAR of her Age. Her remains are deposited / with those of her Sons JAMES & HUGH, / in the middle Aisle of this Church'

Details

Description: Above the inscription tablet, a mourning figure flanked by naval trophies and navigational instruments in relief, the whole surmounted by an urn. Pilasters on either side of the inscription and the Cook arms beneath it.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall of chancel
Vessel: HMS Spitfire, HMS Thunderer

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Cook, Nathaniel
Age: 16
Date of Death: 5/10/1780
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Cook, James
Age: 31
Date of Death: 25/1/1794
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: PROB11/1847 The will of Mrs Elizabeth Cook leaves £1,000 for the upkeep of the monument 'which I have caused to be put up'.