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St David's Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Tomb at St David’s Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire commemorating Admiral John Lort Stokes d. 1885

Location

St David's Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Transcript

'Sacred to the Dear Memory of John Lort Stokes Admiral Royal Navy of Scotchwell, Haverfordwest who entered into his rest June 11th 1885 Aged 73."They that go down to the Sea in Ships These men see the Works of the Lord and the Wonders of the Deep." Psalms CVII 23:24'

Details

Type: Tomb
Position: Churchyard
Materials: White marble

People

Stokes, John Lort
Age: 73
Date of Death: 11/6/1885
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Corner Belmore Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Statue at Randwick, New South Wales, Australia commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Corner Belmore Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Transcript

'To the memory of Captain James Cook R.N. The celebrated navigator and discoverer of this territory. Born at Marton, Yorkshire 27 October A.D. 1728. Killed at the Sandwich Islands, 14 February 1779.'

Details

Description: Full length statue, a draped globe and sextant to the left, Cook's left hand rests on the globe.
Type: Statue
Materials: Pyrmont sandstone
Date Erected: 1874
Artists: William McGill
Vessel: HMB Endeavour

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: Commissioned by Captain Thomas Watson

Stamford Hill, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, Rest of the World

Obelisk at commemorating Stamford Hill, Port Lincoln, Australia commemorating Captain Matthew Finders RN d. 1814

Location

Stamford Hill, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'The place from which the Gulf and its shores were first surveyed on 20th Feb. 1802 by Matthew Flinders R.N., commanding H.M.S. 'Investigator' the discoverer, of the country, now called South Australia, was set apart on 12 Jan., 1841, with the sanction of Lieut. Col. Gawler, K.H., the governor of the colony, and in the first year of the government of Captain Grey, adorned with this monument to the perpetual memory of the illustrious navigator, his honoured commander by John Franklin R.N., K.C.H., K.R., Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Materials: Ironstone, marble
Date Erected: 1841-2
Vessel: Investigator

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: Cost £250-00. Refaced with marble in 1866 and a new marble tablet fixed. A bronze plaque reproducing the same inscription was placed on top of the marble one and unveiled on 9 March 1934.
Bibliography: Ken McGoogan 'Lady Franklin's Revenge' (London, 2006) p.210; Manuscript collection, National Maritime Museum FLI/109 Letter of thanks, 1843, to Franklin from Flinders' widow Mary Ann Flinders.

Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London, England

Memorial in Highgate Cemetery, London commemorating Lieutenant James Holman RN d. 1857

Location

Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / The celebrated Blind Traveller, / Lieut. JAMES HOLMAN, R.N., F.R.S., &c. / Of Travers College, Windsor, / Who died 28 July, 1857, aged 70 years'

Details

People

Holman, James
Age: 70
Date of Death: 28/7/1857
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Frederick Teague Cansick 'Epitaphs of Middlesex' (London, 1869) vol ii, p. 177.

St Cuthbert's Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England

Memorial in St Cuthbert’s Church, Marton, Middlesborough, commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

St Cuthbert's Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England

Transcript

[Top] 'Captain James Cook RN, FRS Born at Marton and baptised in the church.'

Details

Description: At the top within a circular border is a chart of New Zealand. In the sea are birds, fish and whales surrounding Cook's ship; a wind cherub to the right. In the foreground, Cook steps ashore, holding his sword in his right hand and his hat in his left while a seaman hoists the red ensign behind him.
Type: Window

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

Extra

Notes: Given to the church by Dorothy M. Bolckow. A panel commemorating various members of the Bolckow family is placed in the lower part of the window.

Petropavlovsk Russia

Obelisk in Petropavlovsk Russia dedicated to Charles Clerke. d. 1799

Location

Petropavlovsk Russia

Details

Type: Obelisk

People

Clerke, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 22/8/1799
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: James Cook's second in command.

Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France, Rest of the World

Memorial in Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France, Rest of the World

Details

Description: A relief bust of Cook in a niche in the plinth, an urn above.
Type: Memorial
Artists: Hubert Robert, Augustin Pajou

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

Extra

Notes: Decorative carving by Mezieres, commissioned by Jean-Joseph, Marquis de Laborde (1724-94). Sketches and model 1787. Monument originally at his garden at Méréville. Bust in relief a later replacement. Design based on Roman funary altars and originally stood in a small pavillion. Tomb recently enclosed in glass. See SCU0012.
Bibliography: James David Draper, Guilhem Scherf 'Augustin Pajou Royal Sculptor 1730-1809' (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1997); Ed. James Stevens Curl 'Kensal Green Cemetery: the origins and development of the cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London 1824-2001' (Chichester, 2001) pp.11-12.

St Mary's Church, Merton, London, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Merton commemorating Rear-Admiral Isaac Smith d. 1831

Location

St Mary's Church, Merton, London, England

Transcript

'IN THE VAULT BENEATH / ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF / CHARLES SMITH ESQR / LATE OF MERTON ABBEY IN THIS PARISH / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / THE 6TH SEPTR 1827 AGED 72 / ALSO / THE REMAINS OF / ISAAC SMITH ESQR / REAR ADMIRAL IN HIS MAJESTY'S NAVY / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 2ND JULY 1831 / AGED 78 / ALSO/THE REMAINS OF ISAAC CRAGG SMITH ESQR. / THEIR NEPHEW, / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / THE 7TH DECR 1831 AGED 38 / ALSO / THE REMAINS OF / CAROLINE CRAGG SMITH HIS WIFE / WHO DIED IN CHILDBED, /T HE 4TH DECR 1823 AGED 30, / WHO WITH HER INFANT WAS REMOVED / FROM BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND / AND DEPOSITED IN THIS VAULT / THE DAY PREVIOUS TO HER HUSBANDS BURIAL / DECEMBER 1831'

Details

Type: Vault
Position: Churchyard

People

Smith, Isaac
Age: 78
Date of Death: 2/7/1831
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Isaac Smith was a Midshipman in 'Endeavour'. He was the cousin of Captain Cook's wife Elizabeth.

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

Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia, Rest of the World

Statue at Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia depicting Captain Matthew Flinders d. 1814

Location

Rumbalara Reserve, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Over life-size, full-length figure, kneeling on rock in shirt sleeves and bare feet, holding telescope.
Type: Statue
Position: Main picnic area
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1987
Artists: Carl Merten

People

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

Extra

Notes: Designed to be accessible, children free to climb on the figure. Commisioned by Sara Lee Kitchens (Australia) Pty Ltd and Gosford City Council for State Bicentenial Celebrations.