Category Archives: Polar Exploration

St Paul's Church, Irton, Cumbria, England

Wall monument in Irton, Cumbria, dedicated to Admiral Skeffington Lutwidge d. 1814

Location

St Paul's Church, Irton, Cumbria, England

Transcript

'To the MEMORY of / SKEFFINGTON LUTWIDGE, of Holm Rook, Esquire / Admiral of the Red / Who commanded in 1773, H.M.S.Carcass, On a voyage / Of Discovery towards the North Pole / He bore many high and important Commands / With honor to himself and advantage to the public Service. / In private Life / He was distinguished by the sweetness of his Manners, / A kind Relation and a warm friend / He died on the 15th Day of August in the Year 1814, / In the 78 Year of his Age. / His remains were deposited near this Place. In the same Grave with CATHERINE, his Wife, / Daughter of Richard Harvey Bateson of Londonderry, Esq / This Monument is dedicated by their grateful Nephew/Major S: Lutwidge'

Details

Description: Surmounted by pyramid on which is a carving of naval trophies.


Type: Wall monument
Position: East wall of nave
Materials: White and grey marble
Vessel: HMS Carcass

People

Lutwidge, Skeffington
Age: 78
Date of Death: 15/8/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy

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The Bute Museum, Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Memorial in the Bute Museum, Rothesay commemorating Henry Robertson Bowers d. 1912 polar explorer

Location

The Bute Museum, Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Details

Type: Memorial

People

Bowers, Henry Robertson
Age:
Date of Death: 3/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RIM
Organisation: Royal Indian Marine

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Notes: Formerly in St Ninian's Church, now closed. The Bute Museum, 7 Stuart Street, Rothsay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0EP.

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Portrait bust at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard depicting Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock d. 1907 also commemorated  are Vice-Admiral J.W.L. McClintock d. 1920 and Lieutenant J.L.E. McClintock RN d. 1941

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Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'In proud and grateful memory of 3 gallant seamen. / Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock KCB b. 1819 d. 1907. / Vice Admiral J.W.L. McClintock CB b. 1874 d. 1920. / Lt. J.L.E. McClintock b. 1911 died in action 1941. / So He brings them into the deserved haven', 'ADMIRAL SIR F. LEOPOLD MCCLINTOCK K.C.B. from a bust made by his Daughter 1898.'

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Description: Wooden wall tablet, with associated bronze portrait bust.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Wood

People

McClintock, Francis Leopold
Age: 88
Date of Death: 1907
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy
McClintock, J. W. L.
Age:
Date of Death: 1920
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy
McClintock, J. L. E.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock d.1907 was an arctic explorer.
Bibliography: P. Clissold 'Ships and Monuments in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 58, p. 208 (Greenwich, 1972).

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery, London commemorating Vice-Admiral Sir Robert John Le Mesurier McClure d. 1873

Location

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of Vice Admiral Sir Robert John le M. McClure C.B. Born 28 January 1807 died 17 October 1873. As Captain of HMS 'Investigator' AD 1850-54 he discovered and accomplished the Northwest Passage "Thus we launch into this formidable frozen sea"', 'SPES MEA IN DEO'

Details

Type: Gabled ledger
Position: 2045/143/5
Materials: Peterhead granite

People

McClure, Robert John Le Mesurier
Age: 76
Date of Death: 17/10/1873
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Polar explorer.

St Paul's Church, Whitechapel, London, England

Memorial at St Paul’s Church, Whitechapel, London commemorating Rear-Admiral William Edward Parry d. 1855

Location

St Paul's Church, Whitechapel, London, England

Details

Position: Aisle wall
Materials: Tiles

People

Parry, William Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 8/7/1855
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: One of founders of church, and a polar explorer.

Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Memorial at Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada commemorating John Hartnell, RN, d. 1846

Location

Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Transcript

‘Sacred / to the memory of / John Hartnell, A.B. of HMS EREBUS / Died January 4th 1846 / Aged 25 Years. / Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts / Consider your Ways. / Haggai C.I.V 7'

Details

Type: Headboard
Materials: Wood
Vessel: HMS Erebus

People

Hartnell, John
Age: 25
Date of Death: 4/1/1846
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Able seaman HMS 'Erebus', Arctic exploration, died on Franklin's last expedition 1845. John Hartnell was buried alongside John Torrington, 1846; William Braine, 1846 and Thomas Morgan, 1854. The current headboards are replicas. The originals are now at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, 1993.

Bibliography: Peter C. Sutherland 'Journal of a voyage in Baffin's Bay and Barrow Straits, in the years 1850-1851...' (London, 1852) p. 305.

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

Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada commemorating Thomas Mobley, RM, d. 1852 George Drover, RN, d. 1852

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Location

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

Transcript

‘Sacred / TO THE MEMORY OF / THOMAS MOBLEY / PRIVATE ROYAL MARINE / WHO DIED SUDDENLY ON BOARD / H.M.S. RESOLUTE, AT DEALY ISLAND, / OCTOBER 19TH, 1852, AGED 40 YEARS; / ALSO / TO THE MEMORY OF / GEORGE DROVER / CAPTAIN OF THE FORECASTLE / WHO DIED ON BOARD / H.M.S. TENDER INTREPID / AT DEALY ISLAND / DECEMBER 12TH, 1852, / AGED 28 YEARS'

Details

Description: Lead plate fixed to an actagonal wooden memorial surmounted by a ball.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Wood, lead
Vessel: HMS Intrepid, Resolute

People

Drover, George
Age: 28
Date of Death: 12/12/1852
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain of the Forecastle
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mobley, Thomas
Age: 40
Date of Death: 19/10/1852
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
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). 'Further papers relative to the recent Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin and the crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror' (HMSO, 1855) p. 63.

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

Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nanuvut, Canada commemorating Captain Isaac Barnett, RN and George Harris, RN, d. 1854

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

Transcript

‘Sacred / TO THE MEMORY OF / ISAAC BARNETT / CAPTAIN OF THE MAIN TOP / AND / GEORGE HARRIS, A.B., SEAMAN, / OF H.M.S. ASSISTANCE / THE LATTER ATTACHED TO H.M.S. / TENDER PIONEER / ISAAC BARNETT / DEPARTED THIS LIFE / ON 28TH JANUARY 1854 / AGED 28 YEARS / GEORGE HARRIS / DEPARTED THIS LIFE / ON THE 9TH JANUARY, 1854 / AGED 30 1/4 YEARS / Both fell victim to scurvy, although / the former laboured primarily under / scorbutic affection [sic] of the ankle / Their remains lie interred on shore at / Disaster Bay, where H.M.S. Assistance / and tender wintered, 1853-54 / Blessed are those who die in the Lord'

Details

Description: Lead plate fixed to octagonal wooden memorial surmounted by a ball.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Wood, lead
Vessel: HMS Assistance

People

Barnett, Isaac
Age: 28
Date of Death: 28/1/1854
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Captain of the Main top
Organisation: Royal Navy
Harris, George
Age: 30
Date of Death: 9/1/1854
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

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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). 'Further papers relative to the recent Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin and the crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror' (HMSO, 1855) p. 63.

Waterloo Place, London, England

Statue in Waterloo Place, London commemorating Sir John Franklin d. 1847

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Location

Waterloo Place, London, England

Transcript

'FRANKLIN / TO THE GREAT ARCTIC NAVIGATOR / AND HIS BRAVE COMPANIONS / WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN COMPLETING / THE DISCOVERY OF THE NORTH-WEST PASSAGE / A.D.1847-8. / ERECTED BY THE UNANIMOUS VOTE OF PARLIAMENT'

Details

Description: Full-length statue of Franklin depicted at the moment of hearing of the discovery of the N W passage. On the front of the plinth, a relief of Franklin's burial service, with expedition members in furs and the coffin on a sledge. The names of the crews of 'Erebus' and 'Terror' are listed on the sides of the plinth, a relief map of the Arctic Archipelago is on the back.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze (statue), granite (plinth)
Date Erected: 1866
Artists: Matthew Noble

People

Franklin, John
Age: 61
Date of Death: 11/6/1847
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Bibliography: Arthur Byron 'London Statues: a guide to London's outdoor statues and sculpture' (London, 1981) pp.115-6.

St James's Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England

Wall plaque in Splisby, Lincolnshire, dedicated to Eleanor Anne Porden d. 1825

Location

St James's Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'Eleanor Anne Porden, first wife of Sir John Franklin a Poetess endeared to many by her gentle virtues and for her gifts of intellect enrolled a member of the Institute of France, who smitten by mortal illness yet speeded her husband on his Second Arctic Expedition, and surviving his departure only six days Died 1825 aged 29 years and was buried at St John's Wood and of their only child Eleanor Isabella wife of John Philip Gell of the County of Derby sometime warden of Christ's College Tasmania Vicar of Notting Hill and Rector of Huxted who died 1860 aged 36 and was buried at Tredunnoc Monmouthshire leaving seven children and of John Franklin Gell MA the eldest son of the above who died at Madras 1884 aged 33. This tablet is dedicated in commemoration of Sir John Franklin's death in the Arctic Sea by his surviving grandson, Philip Lyttelton Gell June 11th 1897'

Details

Type: Wall plaque
Position: Nave
Materials: Brass

People

Franklin, Eleanor Anne
Age:
Date of Death: 1825
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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