Category Archives: Exploration

High Green, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, England

Statue in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire dedicated to Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

High Green, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'JAMES COOK / who lived in Great Ayton / between 1736 and 1745 / later became / Captain James Cook R.N. F.R.S. / Famous Navigator'

Details

Description: James Cook as a boy of 16.


Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze, sandstone
Date Erected: 12/5/1997
Artists: Nicholas Dimbleby

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: http://en.wikipedia.org; Cliff Thornton 'Captain Cook in Cleveland' pp. 62-63.

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery, London commemorating Admiral Henry John Rous RN d. 1877

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Location

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / ADMIRAL / THE HONble HENRY, JOHN ROUS / WHO DIED REGRETTED AND BELOVED ON THE 19th JUNE 1877 AGED 82 YEARS / [West Side] 'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / SOPHIA / WIFE OF THE HONbl ADMIRAL ROUS. WHO DIED JANy 30th AGED 72 / 'I SHALL GO TO HER BUT SHE SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME'.

Details

Description: Gothic chest tomb, Portland stone with pink granite pillars.
Type: Tomb
Position: 22606/86/PS
Materials: Portland stone, granite

People

Rous, Henry John
Age: 82
Date of Death: 19/6/1877
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral; explorer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Rous discovered the Richmond and Clarence rivers in Australia. In 1835, he retired from active service and became Steward of the Jockey Club and Public Handicapper (1855). In 1841 he became Member of Parliament for Westminster and Lord of the Admiralty in 1846.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Manuden, Essex, England

Tablet in Church of St Mary the Virgin, Manuden, Essex, dedicated to Henry Marsh d. 1819

Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Manuden, Essex, England

Transcript

'Henry Marsh who was deprived of life in the 25th year of his age on the 30th day of April 1819, by some natives of Malacca, on an island between Sumatra and Java. His mortal remains were interred at ANJIER in the latter Island. He was the son of the Revd Henry Marsh Vicar of this parish for 26 years who died 22 January 1829 aged 58'

Details

Type: Tablet
Position: Near screen
Materials: Marble

People

Marsh, Henry
Age: 24
Date of Death: 30/4/1819
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St John's Church, Staplegrove, Somerset, England

Chest-tomb in St John’s Church, Staplegrove, Somerset, England commemorating Joseph Poole d. 1791

Location

St John's Church, Staplegrove, Somerset, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of Joseph Poole, who after sailing round the globe with Captn Cooke departed this life Octr 3rd 1791'

Details

Type: Chest-tomb
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Discovery

People

Poole, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 3/10/1791
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Marines

Extra

Notes: Marine-Private James Poole, joined the 'Discovery' at Plymouth on 29th July 1776 for Cook's 3rd voyage.
Bibliography: Andrew F.C. David 'A 1933 query answered', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 75, p. 98 (Greenwich,1989).

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shoreham, Kent, England

Wall plaque in Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shoreham, Kent commemorating Dr William Edward Dillon, RN and Robert Moffat, Members of the Livingstone East Coast Expedition 1873 – 1875, who died in East Africa

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shoreham, Kent, England

Transcript

'COLOURS OF THE LIVINGSTONE EAST COAST EXPEDITION / 1873, 1874, 1875 / PLACED IN THE CHURCH OF S.S. PETER & PAUL / SHOREHAM, / as a token of Thanksgiving / - By - / VERNEY LOVETT CAMERON, R.N. / Commander of the Expedition / AND / In Memory of / W.E. DILLON R.N. & R. MOFFAT, / Members of the Expedition, who sacrificed / their lives in the great cause of African Exploration'

Details

Description: Metal wall plaque relating to flags laid up in the church
Type: Wall plate; flags
Position: North wall

People

Dillon, William Edward
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: circa 1875
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Moffat, Robert
Age: 36
Date of Death: circa 1875
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER

Albert Park, Linthorpe Road, Middlesborough, England

Sculpture in Albert Park, Linthorpe Road, Middlesborough dedicated to James Cook. d. 1779

Location

Albert Park, Linthorpe Road, Middlesborough, England

Transcript

'The voyages of Captain Cook' [title]

Details

Description: Six painted and carved tree stumps in a semi-circle round a flower bed. 1) A sea scape with an albatross and ship. 2) Sun, Saturn and bottle 3) Ink well, quill pen and open book inscribed 'Once again under sail I/opened my secret/orders we are...Transit of Venus/then sail south east/from Tahiti into unknown/waters charting and discovering new land.../James Cook 4) Boomerang and lizard 'BOTANY BAY' 5) Saw, mallet and plane 'REPAIRS' 6) Still life of lemons 'LEMONS KEEP SCURVY AWAY'.
Type: Sculpture
Materials: Wood
Artists: Phil Meadows
Vessel: HMB Endeavor

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: Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach, Catherine Morris 'Public Sculpture in North-East England' (Liverpool University Press, 2000) p. 295.

All Saints Church, Youlgreave, Derbyshire, England

Wall tablet in memory of Charles Taylor d. 1818 in Youlgreave, Derbyshire.

Location

All Saints Church, Youlgreave, 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 travelled through various parts / of Africa / in search of knowledge; / and returned in MDCCXCII/ amply rewarded, / to his native country, / which he continued to serve / with fidelity / to the day of his death, / the XXVIII of November MDCCCXVIII, in the LVI year of his age.'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Artists: Watson

People

Taylor, Charles
Age: 56
Date of Death: 28/11/1818
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon; explorer
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Admiralty Arch end of Mall, London, England

Statue in the Mall, London depicting Captain James Cook RN d. 1799

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Location

Admiralty Arch end of Mall, London, England

Transcript

'CAPTAIN JAMES COOK / R.N., F.R.S. / BORN 1728 DIED 1779 / CIRCUMNAVIGATOR OF THE GLOBE EXPLORER OF / THE PACIFIC OCEAN HE LAID THE FOUNDATIONS OF / THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND / CHARTED THE SHORES OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND TRAVERSED / THE OCEAN GATES OF CANADA BOTH EAST AND WEST / UNVEILED BY H.R.H. PRINCE ARTHUR OF CONNAUGHT / ON BEHALF OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE LEAGUE 7 JULY 1914'

Details

Description: A full-length figure standing in front of a capstan with foot on a coil of rope. The stone plinth carved with ship's bows and a globe within a wreath.


Type: Statue
Date Erected: 1914
Artists: Thomas Brock
Vessel: HMB Endeavor

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: Unexecuted design for a memorial to Cook by Thomas Banks in British Museum. Another statue in Victoria Square, Christchurch, New Zealand. Monument at Point Venus, Tahiti. PRO WORK20-184.
Bibliography: Arthur Byron 'London Statues: a guide to London's outdoor statues and sculpture' (London, 1981) p. 98.

St Mary's Church, Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, England

Wall tablet at St Mary’s Church, Grafton Regis commemorating Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy d. 1865

Location

St Mary's Church, Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / VICE ADMIRAL / ROBERT FITZROY M.P., C.B., F.R.S. / 1805-1865 / CAPTAIN OF H.M.S. BEAGLE / GOVERNOR OF NEW ZEALAND / DESIGNER OF THE FITZROY BAROMETER / AND PIONEER OF THE SCIENCE / OF WEATHER FORECASTING.'

Details

Description: White marble with black border.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: 2011
Vessel: HMS Beagle

People

Fitzroy, Robert
Age: 60
Date of Death: 1865
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England

Memorial located in Stowe, Buckinghamshire dedicated to Captain James Cook RN. d. 1779

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Location

Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England

Transcript

'Jacobo Cook / MDCCLXXVIII'

Details

Description: A globe on a plinth inset with an antique marble profile of a man, used as an ideal likeness of Cook. the memorial stands on a small island in a lake.
Type: Memorial
Position: Elysian Fields
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1778
Vessel: HMS Endeavour

Event Category

British colonization of Australia

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: George Clarke, Jonathan Marsden, Richard Wheeler, Michael Bevington, Tim Knox 'Stowe Landscape Gardens' (National Trust, 1997)