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South Africa House, London, England

Sculpture on South Africa House, London depicting Bartholomeu Diaz d. 1500

Location

South Africa House, London, England

Details

Description: A figure of Diaz, to his right a column with the name Diaz, to left a globe and the stern of a ship.
Type: Statue
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1934
Artists: Coert Steynberg

People

Diaz, Bartholomeu
Age:
Date of Death: 1500
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Navigator
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Portuguese navigator.
Bibliography: Arthur Byron 'London Statues: a guide to London's outdoor statues and sculpture' (London, 1981).

Harbour, Victoria, Canada

Statue in Harbour, Victoria, Canada dedicated to James Cook. d. 1799

Location

Harbour, Victoria, Canada

Transcript

'Capt. James Cook, R.N. / 1728-1779 / After two historic voyages to the South / Pacific Cook was cruising the waters of the / Pacific Northwest on his third and final / voyage with his two ships, Resolution and / Discovery. He was searching for the West-ern exit to the legendary North / west Passage. In March 1778, they put into / Nootka Sound for repairs and to trade / with the native people. With him on the / voyage were Mr. William Bligh as Master / of the Resolution and Midshipman George / Vancouver. / THIS STATUE WAS COMMISSIONED BY / THE VICTORIA ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT FOUNDATION / And unveiled by/THE HONOURABLE / WILLIAM RICHARDS BENNETT / Premier of the Province of / British Columbia / July 12, 1976'

Details

Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1976
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

Extra

St David's Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Tomb at St David’s Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire commemorating Admiral John Lort Stokes d. 1885

Location

St David's Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Transcript

'Sacred to the Dear Memory of John Lort Stokes Admiral Royal Navy of Scotchwell, Haverfordwest who entered into his rest June 11th 1885 Aged 73."They that go down to the Sea in Ships These men see the Works of the Lord and the Wonders of the Deep." Psalms CVII 23:24'

Details

Type: Tomb
Position: Churchyard
Materials: White marble

People

Stokes, John Lort
Age: 73
Date of Death: 11/6/1885
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Corner Belmore Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Statue at Randwick, New South Wales, Australia commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Corner Belmore Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Transcript

'To the memory of Captain James Cook R.N. The celebrated navigator and discoverer of this territory. Born at Marton, Yorkshire 27 October A.D. 1728. Killed at the Sandwich Islands, 14 February 1779.'

Details

Description: Full length statue, a draped globe and sextant to the left, Cook's left hand rests on the globe.
Type: Statue
Materials: Pyrmont sandstone
Date Erected: 1874
Artists: William McGill
Vessel: HMB Endeavour

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Commissioned by Captain Thomas Watson

Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London, England

Memorial in Highgate Cemetery, London commemorating Lieutenant James Holman RN d. 1857

Location

Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / The celebrated Blind Traveller, / Lieut. JAMES HOLMAN, R.N., F.R.S., &c. / Of Travers College, Windsor, / Who died 28 July, 1857, aged 70 years'

Details

People

Holman, James
Age: 70
Date of Death: 28/7/1857
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Frederick Teague Cansick 'Epitaphs of Middlesex' (London, 1869) vol ii, p. 177.

St Cuthbert's Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England

Memorial in St Cuthbert’s Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England dedicated to James Cook. d. 1799

Location

St Cuthbert's Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England

Transcript

[Top] 'Captain James Cook RN, FRS Born at Marton and baptised in the church.'

Details

Description: At the top within a circular border is a chart of New Zealand. In the sea are birds, fish and whales surrounding Cook's ship; a wind cherub to the right. In the foreground, Cook steps ashore, holding his sword in his right hand and his hat in his left while a seaman hoists the red ensign behind him.
Type: Window

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: Given to the church by Dorothy M. Bolckow. A panel commemorating various members of the Bolckow family is placed in the lower part of the window.

Petropavlovsk Russia

Obelisk in Petropavlovsk Russia dedicated to Charles Clerke. d. 1799

Location

Petropavlovsk Russia

Details

Type: Obelisk

People

Clerke, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 22/8/1799
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: James Cook's second in command.

Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France

Memorial in Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France

Details

Description: A relief bust of Cook in a niche in the plinth, an urn above.
Type: Memorial
Artists: Hubert Robert, Augustin Pajou

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: Decorative carving by Mezieres, commissioned by Jean-Joseph, Marquis de Laborde (1724-94). Sketches and model 1787. Monument originally at his garden at Méréville. Bust in relief a later replacement. Design based on Roman funary altars and originally stood in a small pavillion. Tomb recently enclosed in glass. See SCU0012.
Bibliography: James David Draper, Guilhem Scherf 'Augustin Pajou Royal Sculptor 1730-1809' (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1997); Ed. James Stevens Curl 'Kensal Green Cemetery: the origins and development of the cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London 1824-2001' (Chichester, 2001) pp.11-12.

St Mary's Church, Merton, London, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Merton commemorating Rear-Admiral Isaac Smith d. 1831

Location

St Mary's Church, Merton, London, England

Transcript

'IN THE VAULT BENEATH / ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF / CHARLES SMITH ESQR / LATE OF MERTON ABBEY IN THIS PARISH / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / THE 6TH SEPTR 1827 AGED 72 / ALSO / THE REMAINS OF / ISAAC SMITH ESQR / REAR ADMIRAL IN HIS MAJESTY'S NAVY / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 2ND JULY 1831 / AGED 78 / ALSO/THE REMAINS OF ISAAC CRAGG SMITH ESQR. / THEIR NEPHEW, / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / THE 7TH DECR 1831 AGED 38 / ALSO / THE REMAINS OF / CAROLINE CRAGG SMITH HIS WIFE / WHO DIED IN CHILDBED, /T HE 4TH DECR 1823 AGED 30, / WHO WITH HER INFANT WAS REMOVED / FROM BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND / AND DEPOSITED IN THIS VAULT / THE DAY PREVIOUS TO HER HUSBANDS BURIAL / DECEMBER 1831'

Details

Type: Vault
Position: Churchyard

People

Smith, Isaac
Age: 78
Date of Death: 2/7/1831
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Isaac Smith was a Midshipman in 'Endeavour'. He was the cousin of Captain Cook's wife Elizabeth.

Straits of Megallan, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

Memorial near the Straits of Magellan, Chile commemorating Rear-Admiral Phillip Parker King d. 1856

Location

Straits of Megallan, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

Transcript

'ARMADA DE CHILE / INSTITUTO DE COMEMORACION HISTORICA DE CHILE / HOMENAJE AL / CONTRAALMIRANTE / PHILLIP PARKER KING / 1793-1856 / DIRIGIO LOS MAS IMPORTANTES TRABAJOS / HYDROGRAFICOS BRITANICOS EN EL LITORAL / CHILENO DE LA PATAGONIA Y LA TIERRA DEL FUEGO / ENTRE 1826 Y 1830 QUE FUERON HITOSV/ INVALUABLESPARA EL CONOCIMIENTO GEOGRAPHICO / MARITIMO Y CIENTIFICO DE NUESTRA ZONA AUSTRAL / UNIVERSIDAD DE MAGALLANES / SOCIEDAD CHILENA DE HISTORIA Y GEOGRAPHIA / ACADEMIA DE HISTORIA NAVAL Y MARITIMA DE CHILE / CORPORACION DEL PATRIMONIO MARITIMO DE CHILE / CORPORACION DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURAL DE CHILE / 2008'

Details

Description: Rough obelisk made of water-smoothed stones and cement, with a metal plaque.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Beagle

People

King, Phillip Parker
Age: 65
Date of Death: 26/2/1856
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia