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Church of St Andrew with St Luke, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England

Memorial in Church of St Andrew with St Luke, Stoke Damerel, Devon dedicated to Captain Tobias Furneaux RN d. 1781

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Location

Church of St Andrew with St Luke, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England

Transcript

'CAPTAIN TOBIAS FURNEAUX R.N. ERECTED BY THE FURNEAUX FAMILY IN VICTORIA AUSTRALIA' 'IN MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN TOBIAS FURNEAUX R.N. / FIRST MAN TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE / THE WORLD FROM EAST TO WEST / AND WEST TO EAST / IN HIS SHIP H.M.S. ADVENTURE / DIED 18TH SEPTEMBER 1781 / SAILED WITH / CAPTAIN COOK / ON HIS SECOND VOYAGE OF ADVENTURE'

Details

Description: Carved with a map of Australia, compass rose, cherub's heads and a relief of a ship. The lettering is gold.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Slate
Vessel: HMS Adventure

People

Furneaux, Tobias
Age:
Date of Death: 18/9/1781
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Sighted 2010 B. Tomlinson

Old English Cemetery, Via Giuseppe Verdi, Livorno, Italy, Rest of the World

Memorial in the Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy commemorating Captain William Robert Broughton RN d. 1821

Location

Old English Cemetery, Via Giuseppe Verdi, Livorno, Italy, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory / of William Robert Broughton Esqre / Captain in the Royal Navy of England / and Colonel of Marines / His professional Career was honorable to himself / and beneficial to his country / on two voyages of Discovery / he traversed the Pacific Ocean / with the Perseverance, Intrepidity and Skill / of a British Seaman / on the intricate coast of Java as Commander in Chief of the English Squadron / he steered his fleet to victory / and secured that valuable island to / his Sovereign / after having braved and overcome danger / for forty seven years in the service of his Country / on the 12th March 1821 / in the 59th year of his age / he died suddenly at Florence / in the bosom of his family /to whom he was endeared / by those qualities which ameliorate the evils / and enliven the joys of domestic life / it is now the Consolation as it was the happiness / of his afflicted widow and children / that to the character of a brave and gallant officer / was united in the object of their Sorrow that of a good Christian'

Details

Event

Capture of Java, 1811

People

Broughton, William Robert
Age: 59
Date of Death: 12/3/1821
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN; Colonel of Marines
Organisation: Royal Marines, Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: G.G. Milner-Gibson Cullum; Francis Campbell MaCauley 'The inscriptions in the old British cemetery of Leghorn' (Leghorn, 1906) p.17.

Church of St Ethelburga the Virgin, Bishopsgate, London, England

Window formerly in the Church of St Ethelburga the Virgin, Bishopsgate dedicated to Henry Hudson d. 1611

Location

Church of St Ethelburga the Virgin, Bishopsgate, London, England

Details

Description: Window depicts Hudson standing in front of his ship.
Type: Window

People

Hudson, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1611
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Funded by Hudson Bay Company. Destroyed by IRA bomb on 24 April 1993. Hudson took communion at St Ethelburga's on 19 April, 1607 before embarking on his first North West Passage voyage.
Bibliography: 'The Beaver' vol. 81, no. 2, p.4.

St Alphage's Church, Greenwich, London, England

Wall monument at St Aphage Church, Greenwich commemorating Admiral William Taylor d. 1842

Location

St Alphage's Church, Greenwich, London, England

Transcript

'In a vault beneath this church are deposited the remains of William Taylor, Esquire, Admiral of the Red, the last surviving officer who accompanied Captain Cook on his third voyage round the world. His life was passed in the sincere desire to do justice...pious resignation..his Redeemer. He died on the nineteenth day of July 1842 in the 82nd year of his age. This tablet is erected by his niece Elizabeth Taylor'

Details

Type: Wall monument

People

Taylor, William
Age:
Date of Death: 19/7/1842
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Lawrence Phillips 'John Henry Martin','Mariner's Mirror' vol. 75, p. 187 (Greenwich,1989); 'United Service Gazette and Naval & Military Chronicle' no. 560, p. 7 (30 Sept 1843).

Ripon Cathedral, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial in Ripon Cathedral to Commander John Elliott RN d. 1834

Location

Ripon Cathedral, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE JOHN ELLIOTT, ESQ. OF ELLIOT HOUSE, NEAR RIPON, COMMANDER R.N., / HAVING ENTERED THE NAVAL SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY EARLY IN LIFE, HE CIRCUMNAVIGATED / THE GLOBE AS A MIDSHIPMAN IN THE RESOLUTION, UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE CELEBRATED / CAPT. COOK; HE SUBSEQUENTLY SERVED AS A LIEUT. OF THE AJAX OF 74 GUNS, AND WAS PRESENT IN / LORD RODNEY'S GLORIOUS ACTION OF THE 12TH OF APRIL 1782, IN WHICH HE WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED; / HE RESIDED AT ELLIOTT HOUSE MANY YEARS, GREATLY RESPECTED FOR HIS STRICT INTEGRITY AND / UPRIGHTNESS IN ALL THE RELATIONS OF LIFE; HE WAS BORN JANY. 11TH 1759, AND DIED SEPTEMBER 17TH 1834; / ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF ISABELLA ELLIOTT, HIS BELOVED WIFE, WHO WAS BORN NOV. 22ND 1762, AND DIED JULY 9TH 1841…'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble

Event

Battle of the Saintes

Event Date

1782

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Elliott, John
Age: 77
Date of Death: 17/9/1834
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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St James's Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England

Wall tablet in St James’s Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire commemorating Lieutenant Sherard Philip Lound RN d. 1812

Location

St James's Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'In memory of Sherard Philip Lound, (late Lieutenant RN) born Septr 5th 1790. Lost at sea Decr 1812 '

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: North transept

People

Lound, Sherard Philip
Age:
Date of Death: 12/1812
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Midshipman on HMS 'Investigator'.

St Nicholas Church, Faithlegg, Waterford, Republic of Ireland

Headstone at St Nicholas Church, Faithlegg, Waterford, Republic of Ireland commemorating William Dinn, RN d. 1840

Location

St Nicholas Church, Faithlegg, Waterford, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'This stone was erected by Mrs Mary Dinn of Passage as a mark of her burial ground and in memory of her father Nicholas and her mother Honora, her brother Martin and her sisters and particularly of her brother William Dinn alias Doyle who sailed round the Globe with Captain Cook and was present at the death of that great Circumnavigator at Owyhee and who died respected and regretted at Stoke near Devonport England June 1840 having spent a long life as a warrant officer in the service of his Country. May they rest in peace.'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard

People

Dinn, William
Age:
Date of Death: 6/1840
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Warrant Officer
Organisation: Royal Navy

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State Historical Park, Kealakekua Bay, Big Island, Hawaii

Memorial in Kealakekua Bay, Big Island, Hawaii dedicated  to Captain James Cook. d. 1779

Location

State Historical Park, Kealakekua Bay, Big Island, Hawaii

Transcript

'NEAR THIS SPOT / CAPT JAMES COOK / WAS KILLED/FEBRUARY 14, 1779 / TABLET DEDICATED / AUGUST 18.1928 BY COOK SEQUICENTENNIAL / COMMISSION'

Details

Date Erected: 18/8/1928

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

Bibliography: Sir Joseph Carruthers 'Captain James Cook R.N. one hundred and fifty years after' (London, 1930).

Park, Kauai, Waimea, Hawaii

Statue in Kauai, Waimea, Hawaii  of Captain James Cook RN. d. 1779

Location

Park, Kauai, Waimea, Hawaii

Transcript

'Captain Cook RN 1728-1779; a replica of the original statue in Whitby England by Sir John Tweed, RA. State of Hawaii, Department of Accounting and General Services'

Details

Artists: John Tweed

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

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Brocklesby Park, Brocklesby, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial at Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Brocklesby Park, Brocklesby, Lincolnshire, England

Details

Description: Serpentine fluted sarcophagus in relief with pediment and acroteria. The whole rests on devices of dolphin heads and spheres. Further dolphins and a shell within the tympanum. Tomb chest ornamented with Corinthian quarter columns and has classical faces to the upper corners in addition to a frieze of sea monsters (hippocampi) and a relief of the Three Graces.
Type: Cenotaph
Materials: Portland stone
Artists: Richard Hayward

People

Cook, James
Age:
Date of Death: 1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: John Lord 'Richard Hayward: An early and some later commissions','Church Monuments: Journal of the Church Monuments Society' vol. xii, pp.74-75, (London, 1997).