Category Archives: Exploration

Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nanavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Cenotaph at Beechey Island, Nanavut, Canada commemorating Lieutenant Joseph Bellot, d. 1853

Location

Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nanavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Transcript

'IN MEMORY / OF LIEUT BELLOT / OF THE FRENCH NAVY / WHO LOST HIS LIFE WHILST / NOBLY AIDING IN SEARCH OF / SIR JOHN FRANKLIN / IN THE WELLINGTON CHANNEL / ON THE 18TH AUGUST 1853 / This tablet / to record the sad event / Was erected by his friend John Barrow / A.D. 1854'

Details

Description: Marble tablet fixed to the cenotaph.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Marble

People

Bellot, Joseph René
Age: 27
Date of Death: 18/8/1853
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: French Navy

Extra

Notes: Bellot fell into the ice in the Wellington Channel.

A granite obelisk was unveiled in 1855 in front of Greenwich Hospital. The memorial was funded by the Royal Geographic Society.


Bibliography: George F. M'Dougall 'The eventful voyage of H.M. Discovery ship 'Resolute' to the Arctic Regions'.

St Saviour’s, now St Andrew's, Torquay, Devon, England

‘Memorial in St Saviour’s now St Andrew’s, Torquay, Devon dedicated to Captain Charles Leonard Irby RN d. 1845 and Captain James Mangles RN d. 1867

Location

St Saviour’s, now St Andrew's, 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
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mangles, James
Age: 81
Date of Death: 18/11/1867
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Both men were travelers. Mangles was also a plant hunter and botanist.
Recorder: R.D. Ridding 1996

Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Wall tablet in Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, Hampshire, dedicated to Admiral John Moresby d. 1922

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / ADMIRAL JOHN MORESBY / AND OF HIS DAUGHTER GLADYS MORESBY / GOD IS LOVE'

Details

Description: Plain stone tablet.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South wall of nave

People

Moresby, John
Age:
Date of Death: 1922
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Explored the Coast of New Guinea, including the site of Port Moresby.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018

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

Purfleet Quay, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England

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

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

Extra

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, Rest of the World

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

Location

Kurnell, Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Rest of the World

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: Royal Navy

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.

St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England

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

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:

Extra

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:

Extra

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'.

Details

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

Extra

Notes: Savile founded two chairs at Oxford - Astronomy (Ptolomy) and Geometry (Euclid). Savile also studied the four authors depicted.
Bibliography: Dr 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

Brass plaque at Church of St Michael and All Angels, Colwich marking the burial place of Admiral of the Fleet, George Anson d. 1762

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

Event Category

1739-1748 War of the Austrian Succession

People

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

Extra

Photographer: Anthony Michael Berrell 2011