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English cemetery, Shores of Straits of Magellan, Brunswick Peninsular, Chile, Rest of the World

Grave marker at the English cemetery, Straits of Magellan commemorating Commander Pringle Stokes RN d. 1828

Location

English cemetery, Shores of Straits of Magellan, Brunswick Peninsular, Chile, Rest of the World

Transcript

'IN / MEMORY / OF / COMMANDER PRINGLE STOKES R.N. / H.M.S. BEAGLE / Who died from the effects of the anxieties and hardships incurred / while surveying the western shore of Tierra del Fuego. / + 12.8.1828'

Details

Description: Wooden cross set in whitewashed concrete. In 1976 the cross had a wooden trim. In 1984 it was replaced and taken to the Museo Salesiano, in Punta Arenas (information Jay Davison, NZ).
Type: Cross
Materials: Wood
Vessel: HMS Beagle

People

Stokes, Pringle
Age:
Date of Death: 12/8/1828
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Captain of HMS 'Beagle'. committed suicide.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

St Peter's Church, Petersham, London, England

Wall tablet St Peter’s Church, Petersham, London commemorating Captain George Vancouver RN d. 1798

Location

St Peter's Church, Petersham, London, England

Transcript

'In the cemetery adjoining this church were interred in the year 1798, the mortal Remains of Captain George Vancouver RN whose valuable and enterprizing voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and round the world during five years of laborious survey, added greatly to the geographical knowledge of his countrymen. To the Memory of that Celebrated Navigator this monumental tablet is erected by the Hudson's Bay Company'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: West wall north transept

People

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

Extra

Bibliography: A.E. Daniell 'London Riverside Churches' (London, 1897).

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

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

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: Unknown
Date of Death: 18/9/1781
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson, 2010
Photographer: 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

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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 Alphege Church, Greenwich, London, England

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

Location

St Alphege 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).

Cathedral, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England

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

Location

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; GENERALLY RESPECTED FOR HER AMIABILITY AND DOMESTIC VIRTUES. / LIKEWISE TO THE MEMORY OF OF THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE. / CHARLES FREDERICK ELLIOTT, BORN MAY 17TH 1790; AND DIED JANUARY 4TH 1791. / GILBERT ELLIOTT, BORN FEBRUARY 15TH 1795; AND DIED MAY 17TH 1795. MARIA ELLIOTT, BORN NOVEMBER 14TH 1797; / AND DIED SEPTEMBER 5TH 1800; / CHARLES BOWES ELLIOTT, BORN JULY 25TH 1791; AND DIED AT DURHAM, NOVEMBER 2ND 1801/ CHARLOTTE ELEANOR ELLIOTT, BORN NOVEMBER 4TH 1803; AND DIED APRIL 17TH 1812; / FREDERICK EDMUND ELLIOTT, BORN NOVEMBER 1ST 1808; AND DIED JUNE 18TH 1821; / ANNA MARIA, THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE REV. WILLIAM HOUGH, INCUMBENT OF HAMBLETON, IN / THE COUNTY OF LANCASTER, BORN OCTOBER 18TH 1802; AND DIED DEEPLY LAMENTED, NOVR, 18TH 1844. / SIBELLA, BORN JUNE 28TH 1789; AND DIED MAY 17TH 1850.'

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

Extra

Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)

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'.

Henry Hudson Park, Bronx, New York, USA, Rest of the World

Statue in Henry Hudson Park, Bronx, New York, USA depicting Henry Hudson d. 1611

Location

Henry Hudson Park, Bronx, New York, USA, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Bronze statue of Hudson on top of Doric column.
Date Erected: 1938
Artists: Karl Bitter, Karl Heinrich Gruppe

People

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

Extra

Notes: Funded by public subscription and begun in 1906, the 300th anniversary of Hudson's arrival in the river that bears his name. The column set up in 1912, and the statue completed when the project was revived in 1937. The monument was renovated in 1989.

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

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