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St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Memorial formerly at St Nicholas’s Church, Deptford, London commemorating Captain George Shelvocke RN d. 1742

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Transcript

'Here lyeth the body of Captain George Shelvocke descended of an ancient family in Shropshire; but long an inhabitant of this town. He was bred to the sea service, under Admiral Benbow, and served on board of the Royal Navy in the wars of King William and Queen Anne. In the years of our Lord 1719, 20, 21 and 22 he performed a voyage round the globe of the world, which he most wonderfully, and to the great loss of the Spaniards compleated, though in the midst of it he had the misfortune to suffer shipwreck upon the Island of Juan Fernandez on the coast of the Kingdom of Chili. He was a gentleman of great abilities in his profession and allowed to have been one of the bravest and most accomplished seamen of his time. He departed this life in London Nov 30 1742 in the 67 year of his age'

Details

Type: Chest-tomb
Position: Churchyard near east wall

People

Shelvocke, George
Age: 66
Date of Death: 30/11/1742
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Memorial now destroyed. A wall tablet in the chancel commemorates Shelvocke's son George d. 1760 aged 58 who accompanied his father on his circumnavigation.
Bibliography: J. Summerson 'Monuments in St Nicholas Deptford', 'Mariners Mirror' vol. 27, p. 281 (Cambridge,1941); Daniel Lysons 'The Environs of London' vol. iv, p. 364 (London, 1792-6); A.E. Daniell 'London Riverside Churches', p. 309 (London, 1897).

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet in Falmouth, Cornwall dedicated to Isaac Moorsom d. 1812

Location

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN ISAAC MOORSOM, / LATE OF HIS MAJESTY'S / PACKET SERVICE AT FALMOUTH: / WHO UNFORTUNATELY LOST HIS LIFE, ON HIS PASSSAGE FROM THE ISLAND OF ST THOMAS / IN THE WEST INDIES / WHILST BRAVELY DEFENDING / THE PRINCESS AMELIA PACKET / UNDER HIS COMMAND / AGAINST AN ENEMY OF MUCH SUPERIOR FORCE / ON THE XV DAY OF SEPTEMBER / MDCCCXII / IN THE FORTY FORTH YEAR OF HIS AGE / DEARLY BELOVED IN LIFE; DEEPLY LAMENTED IN DEATH / HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW CAUSED THIS STONE / TO BE ERECTED / TO THE MEMORY OF HIM SHE LOVED / IN THE HOPE OF MEETING HIM AGAIN / IN THE REGION OF BLISS / THROUGH AN INTEREST IN A / GRACIOUS REDEEMER.

Details

Description: Oval wall tablet on a black base.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Princess Amelia; Rossie

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Moorsom, Isaac
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/09/1812
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Packet captain
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Captain Moorsom was killed in action with a US privateer 'Rossie' which captured his ship 'Princess Amelia'..

St David's Church, Ashprington, Devon, England

Memorial in St David’s Church, Ashprington, Devon commemorating Captain Philemon Pownall RN d. 1780

Location

St David's Church, Ashprington, Devon, England

Transcript

'In Remembrance of JANE POWNALL who died on / the 16th October 1778 Aged 33 years / And /of Captain PHILEMON POWNALL, who was slain in Fight on 15th June 1780 Aged 45 Years / This Monument was erected by the Executors at the desire of their only issue JANE', 'Reader / If thy Breath / Has learnt to lament / Departed Merit / Refuse not the Tribute of a Tear / To the Memory / of Captain Pownall a Man / Brave without Rashness, / Liberal without ostentation, / Honest, Open and Sincere. / Preferring the Toils and Perils of the Ocean / When the Voice of his Country / Called for his Services / To / A Life of Ease and Tranquillity / Which his Affluence would have afforded / He fell / A Victim in her Cause'

Details

Description: Mourning female with wreath and urn.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Sanctuary south wall
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Apollo

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Pownall, Philemon
Age: 45
Date of Death: 15/6/1780
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Killed in action with the American privateer 'Stanislaus'.

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Memorial at St Nicholas’s Church, Deptford commemorating Captain John Turner RN d. 1672

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Transcript

'MS / Prope hunc Parietem / Deposuit Exuvias Carnis Jo. Turner / Armiger Nauis (cui Titulus Eboracum) / Nuper Strategus / Tho: Turner et Eliz: Vxoris eius / vnicae filiae et haeredis Jo: / Holmden Militis filius Natu Secundus / iliBatae [sic] fidelitatis Erga Regem, / Infractus Assecla / Intemerati Erga Parentes obsequij / Ingens Symbolum / Amicis Suada et Lenocinio Calami / Quam Apprime Gratus, / Et in Omnes Alios, facilis et Vrbanus, / Qui cum In Vtroque Bello Batauico / Et Contra Praedones et Algerinos strenuam / Nauaueret Operam, / Causo Correptus, et Eodem Denuo / Confectus et oppressus / Fortissimam Animam, Deo Transmissit, / Denatus 16 Julij Anno / Salutis Reparatae i672. / Aetat 27:' [Translation] 'Sacred to his Memory. Close to this wall are laid the mortal remains of John Turner, Esquire, Captain of H.M.Ship 'York'. He was the second son of Thomas Turner and his wife Elizabeth, only daughter and heiress of Sir John Holmden Knight. Firm in his fidelity to his king, a remarkable model of unfailing respect and obedience to his parents, and greatly endeared to his friends by the exquisite charm of his correspondence, kind and courteous to all, after good and active service in both the Dutch Wars, and against the Algerine pirate, he was seized with sunstroke, and after a severe illness yielded his brave soul into the hands of God, 1672, in the 27th year of his age'

Details

Description: Inscription tablet, formerly in an architectural surround with arms above.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South wall on east pilaster
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS York

People

Turner, John
Age: 26
Date of Death: 16/7/1672
Cause of Death: Sunstroke
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: J. Summerson 'Monuments in St Nicholas Deptford', 'Mariners Mirror', vol. 27, p. 287 (Cambridge, 1941).

St Peter's Parish Church, Liverpool, England

Memorial at St Peter’s Parish Church, Liverpool commemorating Captain John Wright d. 1717

Location

St Peter's Parish Church, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain John Wright, Mariner died April 1717. He was attacked by two ships of war and gallantly defended himself for many hours but by too great force of men and guns was obliged to yield at last'.

Details

People

Wright, John
Age: 42
Date of Death: 4/1717
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Privateer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol.1, p. 349. See letter of marque dated 1711 for 'Liverpool Merchant' National Archives HCA 26/16/25
Bibliography: Gomer Williams 'History of the Liverpool privateers and letters of marque with an account of the Liverpool slave trade' (Liverpool, London 1897) p. 43.

St Mary's Church, Shirehampton, Bristol, England

Obelisk dedicated to the memory of Captain John Shaw Haven d. 1778, in Shirehampton, Bristol.

Location

St Mary's Church, Shirehampton, Bristol, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of John Shaw Haven Master of Hungroad, Port of Bristol and formerly captain of the LION Privateer of 44 guns and 168 men which on the night of the 6th of December 1778 engaged L'ORIENT, French Man of War of 74 guns and 800 men, the scene of action was the Bay of Biscay where after 2 hours close engagement the enemy was beaten off with the loss of 137 killed and 244 wounded, the Lion had 22 killed and 19 wounded, this gallant commander died December 20 1796 Aged 80 years'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Lion

People

Shaw, John
Age:
Date of Death: 20/12/1796
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: J.W. Damer Powell 'Bristol Privateers and Ships of War' (Bristol 1930) p. 248.