Category Archives: Exploration

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

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.

All Saints Church, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire commemorating Richard Rollett d. 1821.

Location

All Saints Church, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred / to the Memory of / RICHARD ROLLETT / formerly Master Sail Maker of H.M.S. Resolution / Capn James Cook in her 2nd voyage / round the World / Died the 20th January 1821'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Interior
Materials: Sandstone
Vessel: HMS Resolution

People

Rollett, Richard
Age:
Date of Death: 20/1/1821
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Sailmaker
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: DOSSIER.

Richard Rollett sailed in the 'Resolution' with James Cook.

St Peter's Church, Petersham, London, England

Gravestone at St Peter’s Church, Petersham commemorating Captain George Vancouver RN d.1798

Location

St Peter's Church, Petersham, London, England

Transcript

'CAPTAIN GEORGE VANCOUVER / Died in the Year 1798 / Aged 40', 'Restored by the Native sons of British Columbia Post No 2 (Canada) Maintained by the late Major J.S. Matthews and the City of Vancouver BC (Canada)'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Vancouver, George
Age: 40
Date of Death: 12/5/1798
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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

Cenotaph on Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada commemorating James Wilkie, d. 1854

Location

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

Transcript

'To the memory of JAMES WILKIE, ice quartermaster who died on board H.M.S. Intrepid, off Cape Cockburn February 2nd 1854. Aged 38 years'

Details

Description: Lead plate fixed to an octagonal wooden memorial surmounted by a ball.
Type: Wood; lead
Vessel: HMS Intrepid

People

Wilkie, James
Age: 38
Date of Death: 2/2/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Ice Quartermaster
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Transcript in account of Belcher expedition 1852-4. 'Inscriptions on the cenotaph in Beechey Island'.
Bibliography: Sir Edward Belcher 'The Last of the Arctic Voyages: being an narrative of the expedition in HMS Assistance under the command of Sir Edward Belcher, CB, in search of Sir John Franklin, during the years 1852-53-54' (London, 1855).

Outside St Paul's Cathedral, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

Statue in Melbourne, Australia depicting Captain Matthew Flinders d. 1814

Location

Outside St Paul's Cathedral, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

Transcript

'CAPTAIN MATTHEW FLINDERS RN, / (1774-1814 / NAVIGATOR / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / 1925'

Details

Description: Flinders stands in the bows of a boat being beached by two seamen.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1925
Artists: Charles Marsh Web Gilbert

People

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

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Bibliography: http://allordinary2.blogspot.com

Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain, Rest of the World

Tomb in the Seville Cathedral, Spain commemorating Christopher Columbus d. 1506

Location

Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Four kings carrying Columbus's effigy.
Type: Monument
Materials: bronze, ivory
Artists: Arturo Melida Alinari

People

Columbus, Christopher
Age: c.54
Date of Death: 20/5/1506
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Explorer
Organisation: Spanish monarchy

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Notes: Made for Havana 1891. Set up in Seville 11 years later.

Old Naval College Grounds, Greenwich, London, England

Statue at the Old Naval College, Greenwich depicting Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618

Location

Old Naval College Grounds, Greenwich, London, England

Transcript

'SIR / WALTER / RALEIGH / 1552 / 1618'

Details

Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1959
Artists: William McMillan [signed]

People

Raleigh, Walter
Age:
Date of Death: 29/10/1618
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Church of St Michael and All Angels, East Coker, Somerset, England

Plaque in  St Michael and All Angels, East Coker, Somerset commemorating William Dampier d. 1715

Location

Church of St Michael and All Angels, East Coker, Somerset, England

Transcript

'In memory of William Dampier, Buccaneer, Explorer, Hydrographer. Thrice he circumnavigated the Globe, and, first of all Englishmen, explored and described the coast of Australia. An exact observer of all things in Earth, Sea, and Air, he recorded the knowledge won by years of danger and hardship in Books of Voyages and a Discourse on Winds, Tides, and Currents which Nelson bade his midshipmen to study and Humboldt praised for scientific worth. Born at East Coker 1651 He died in London 1715 and lies buried in an unknown grave. The world is apt to judge of everything by the success, and whosoever has ill fortune will hardly be allowed a good name.' [Small plaque alongside main one commemorating 300th anniversary of the landing of William Dampier in Australia, New Holland 4 Jan 1688.]

Details

Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass

People

Dampier, William
Age:
Date of Death: 1715
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Pirate. Hydrographer
Organisation:

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Notes: Born at Hymerford House, East Coker 1651.