Category Archives: Exploration

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'

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People

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

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Purfleet Quay, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England

Statue in  front of Custom’s House, Purfleet Quay, Kings Lynn, commemorating Captain George Vancouver, RN d. 1798

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Location

Purfleet Quay, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN GEORGE VANCOUVER RN. / BORN KING'S LYNN 1757 DIED PETERSHAM 1798 / A GREAT NAVIGATOR & SURVEYOR / FROM 1791 to 1795 / CAPTAIN VANCOUVER PRECISELY CHARTED MANY THOUSANDS / OF MILES OF THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC COASTLINE / FROM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA TO ANCHORAGE ALASKA / (To King George III) / Captain Vancouver was not undeserving the honour / of trust reposed in him, and that he has fulfilled the / objective of his commission from your majesty with / diligence and fidelity / (John Vancouver) / The plinth is of stone from the Pacific West Coast / of Canada / Erected in the year 2000'

Details

Description: Full-length figure of Vancouver in uniform
Type: Statue
Position: In front of Custom's House, Purfleet Quay
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 24/10/2000
Artists: Penelope Reeve

People

Vancouver, George
Age: 40
Date of Death: 12/5/1798
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver, Washington State and Mount Vancouver in New Zealand were all named after the British explorer.
There are numerous memorials to Captain Vancouver across the world, including in Vanier Park, Vancouver, Canada and North Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. 2007 marked the 250th anniversary of Vancouver’s birth. Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp.

Photographer: B. Tomlinson

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:

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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.

St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England

Window dedicated to John d. 1498 and Sebastian Cabot d. 1557, in St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

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Location

St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England

Transcript

'John Cabot', 'Sebastian Cabot', 'The Matthew', 'Lewis and Sancto'

Details

Description: Four lights depicting the elder and younger Cabot, the ship the 'Matthew' and two seamen holding oars.
Type: Window
Position: South Transept
Materials: Glass, lead
Vessel: Matthew

People

Cabot, John
Age:
Date of Death: 1498
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Navigator
Organisation:
Cabot, Sebastian
Age:
Date of Death: 1557
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Explorer
Organisation:

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Notes: The Cabots were both famous Venetian explorers who voyaged to the Americas.
Bibliography: David B. Quinn, ‘Cabot, John (c.1451–1498)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/66135, accessed 8 June 2017]

David Loades, ‘Cabot, Sebastian (c.1481/2–1557)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/4290, accessed 8 June 2017]

St Margaret's Westminster, Westminster, London, England

Wall tablet in St Margaret’s Westminster, London commemorating Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618

Location

St Margaret's Westminster, Westminster, London, England

Transcript

'WITHIN YE CHANCEL OF THIS CHURCH WAS INTERRED / THE BODY OF THE / GREAT SR. WALTER RALEIGH K.T. / ON THE DAY HE WAS BEHEADED / IN OLD PALACE YARD, WESTMINSTER, / OCTR. 29TH. ANO. DOM. 1618. / READER - Should Yov reflect on his errors / Remember his many virtves / And that he was a mortal'

Details

Description: Egg and dart border. Inscription tablet within frame of strapwork, arms above.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South aisle north wall
Materials: Stone, brass

People

Raleigh, Walter
Age: 65
Date of Death: 29/10/1618
Cause of Death: Executed
Rank / Occupation: Explorer
Organisation:

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Notes: Sketch DOSSIER. In 1818 a wooden tablet was set up in memory of Raleigh. This was replaced in 1845 with a brass with the same inscription. His body was buried under the high altar according to Aubrey.
Bibliography: H.F. Westlake 'St Margaret's Westminster' (London, 1914) p. 120.

Merton College chapel, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

                              

Monument at Merton College Chapel, Oxford commemorating Henry Savile d. 1622

Location

Merton College chapel, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Transcript

‘MS / HENRICVS SAVILE MILES COLLEGII / MERTONENSIS CUSTOS / ETONENSIS PRAEPOSITV / FVI / EXVVIAS CORPORIS FRVSTRA SIT QVI HIC QVAERAT / SERVAT PRAENOBILE DEPOSITVM ETONA / PERENNEM VIRTVTVM AC BENEFACTORVM / MEMORIAM / QVIBVS COLLEGIVM VTRVMQ. ACADEMIAM IMPRIMIS / OXONIENSEM COMPLEXVS EST, IPSVMQVE ADEO / MVNDVM HABET SIBI DEBENDI REVM / AFFECTVS INSVPER PENTISSIMAE UXORIS / POSSIDET ISTE LAPIS B.M.P. Margereta Coniux obsequentissima / in hoc uno quod posuit pie immorigera / OBIIT Ao DNI CIC . ICC . XXI, FERBRVAR : XIX’ [painted over figures] 'Chrystsostomus', 'Ptolomaeus', 'Euclides', 'Tacitus'.

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Description: Within an architectural surround, a half-length figure of Savile, holding a book, his shield of arms behind. He is flanked by two figures on each side - representing Euclid, Ptolomy, Tacitus and St John Chrysostom. Two putti and Fame are placed at the top of the monument. Painted views of Merton College and Eton - institutions over which Savile presided, flank the inscription. Below it is a painted globe showing the southern hemisphere, with the route of Magellan's voyage.
Type: Monument

People

Saville, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1622
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Scholar
Organisation: Merton College; Eton

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Notes: Savile founded two chairs at Oxford - Astronomy (Ptolomy) and Geometry (Euclid). Savile also studied the four authors depicted.
Bibliography: Jean Wilson 'Ethics Girls', 'Church Monuments' vol xiii (1998), p. 91.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Colwich, Staffordshire, England

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Location

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Colwich, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

'In Memory of/GEORGE LORD ANSON/who was born at Shugborough in this Parish/on St Georges Day 23 April 1697/He entered the Royal Navy and became/Admiral of the Fleet and Vice Admiral of England/He was First Lord of the Admiralty/during the Seven Years war/and is also Famous for his/Voyage round the World/1740-44/He died on the 6th June 1762/and is buried in this church/THIS MEMORIAL/was erected by public subscription/on the bicentenary of his birth/HIS WIFE ELIZABETH/DAUGHTER OF/PHILIP 1st EARL of HARDWICK/LORD CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND/is buried in the same vault' [Inscription in the vault] 'THE RT HONBLE/GEORGE LORD ANSON/DIED JUNE 2 1762/AGED 65'

Details

Description: Anson coat of arms above inscription.
Type: Brass plaque
Position: Chancel north wall
Materials: Brass

People

Anson, George
Age: 65
Date of Death: 6/6/1762
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Chilterne, Wiltshire, England

Memorial to Rear-Admiral Mathew Michell d.1752, at Chilterne, Wiltshire. He circumnavigated the globe with Anson.

Location

All Saints Church, Chilterne, Wiltshire, England

Transcript

'In a Vault / Near this Place / are deposited the Remains of / COMMODORE MATHEW MICHELL Whose Life was spent in the Service of his King and Country / He first went to Sea in 1718 when He was no more / than eight Years of Age: and, in 1738, was advanced to be COMMANDER OF THE TERRIBLE BOMB. In 1739 / He was made MASTER OF THE SWIFT SLOOP, and in 1740 was / appointed CAPTAIN OF THE PEARL MAN OF WAR of 44 guns, / which he soon exchanged for the GLOUCESTER of 50 Guns. In the / Years, 1740, 41, 42 being commissioned to cruise upon the SPANIARDS / in the South Seas, He sailed round the World, under the Command of / COMMODORE ANSON. In 1743, He was made CAPTAIN OF THE WORCESTER / of 60, and, in 1744 of the BARFLEUR of 90 Guns. During the unnatural / Rebellion in the years 1745, and 1746, His known Zeal for the Protestant / Succession, and eminent Skill in his Profession, recommended him / the important Command of a Squadron in the DOWNS, with the / Authority of a REAR ADMIRAL, under the title of COMMODORE. / In 1747 He was nominated to the Command of a / large Fleet stationed at the Mouth of the SCHELDTE / and of all other his Majesty's Ships upon the coast of / HOLLAND with a commission to defend ZEALAND / threatened with a FRENCH INVASION, and to / assist the LOYAL DUTCH in the Attempts, which / they were making to restore the PRINCE OF ORANGE / to the Dignity of STADTHOLDER; both which Services / He performed to the Satisfaction of ENGLAND, and / the UNITED PROVINCES. Upon the Conclusion of / the general Peace at AIX LA CHAPELLE, in the same Year, / being elected a Burgess for the Corporation of / WESTBURY, in this County, He continued a diligent / and attentive Member of Parliament, 'till the time of his Death. / The constant Dangers which accompany a Maritim / Life, wrought in Him, the most reverential Awe / of the Deity, which he uniformly expressed in a / punctual Attendance upon the Divine Worship, / and in the regular Discharge of all those private / Relations, which the Parent, the Wife, the Brother, / and the Friend demanded of Him. / He dyed April the 29th 1752 / leaving behind Him two Children, MATHEW aged 14 months / and ANN aged 3 months / As an affectionate Testimony of her Great Regard to / the Memory of so dear a Friend, and Husband, this / Monument is erected by his Widow / FRANCES MICHELL'

Details

Description: Inscription flanked by naval trophies, a relief of a naval action below, Mitchell arms on a cartouche above.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble

People

Michell, Matthew
Age:
Date of Death: 29/4/1752
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St Mary's Church, Burghill, Herefordshire, England

Brass in Burghill, Herefordshire commemorating Robert Masters d. 1619

Location

St Mary's Church, Burghill, Herefordshire, England

Transcript

'Here lyeth the bodye of Robert Masters / Gent: late lord of this Mannour, who travel / led with Thomas Candish Esq to Virginia and / afterward aboute the Globe of ye whole / worlde & after his return marryed Winefred / ye daughtr of Thoms: Cornwall of Buckland Gent: / by whom he hath 2 sones and 7 daughters He / departed this life the 3 of Iune Ao 1619'

Details

Description: Three brass plates. Depicts a globe.


Type: Brass
Position: Sanctuary north wall
Materials: Brass

People

Masters, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 3/6/1619
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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All Saints Church, Lydd, Kent, England

Headstone at All Saints Church, Lydd, Kent commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Edgar, RN d. 1801

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Location

All Saints Church, Lydd, Kent, England

Transcript

'In / MEMORY OF / LIEUT. THOS. EDGAR of the ROYAL NAVY / who departed this life Octr 17th 1801 / AGED 56 YEARS / He came into the Navy at 10 YEARs of age / was in that memorable Engagement / with ADML. HAWK and sailed round the World / in company with the unfortunate / CAPTAIN COOK of the Resolution / in his last Voyage when he was kill'd / by the Indians of the Island of Owhie / in the South Seas the 14 Febry 1778 / Tom Edgar at last has sailed out of this world, / His shroud is put on and his top-sails are furled / He lies in deaths boat without any concern / And is moor'd for a full due ahead and astern, / Ov'r the compass of life he has merrily run / His voyage completed his reckoning done'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Interior
Materials: Limestone

People

Edgar, Thomas
Age: 56
Date of Death: 17/10/1801
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Circumnavigated globe on Cooks last expedition.