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Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

Memorial  in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina commemorating George Oiller Crumby d. 1887

Location

Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

Transcript

[Bronze plate] 'GEORGE CRUMBY CAPT FORETOP / HMS RUBY - DEAD MAY 15TH 1887 / AGE XXIX'

Details

Description: Oak cross (now fallen) with a contemporary bronze plaque and four other plaques left at later dates by the Argentinian Navy.
Type: Cross
Materials: Oak, Bronze
Vessel: HMS Ruby

People

Crumby, George Oiller
Age: 29
Date of Death: 15/5/1887
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain of the Foretop
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died from injuries received by an explosion of gun cotton whilst at torpedo practice off Monte Video on the 2nd May 1887 see memorial card REL0504. See blog by Patricio Donato.
Recorder: Patricio Donato 2018

Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy

Gravestone in the Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy commemorating John Wood d. 1653

Location

Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy

Transcript

'D.O.M. / CONDITUR HOC LAPIDE / JOH. WOOD ANGLUS / NAVIS PELLEGRINI CAPITANEUS / INSIGNE PIETATE ET SAPIENTIA ET FORTITUDINE VIR / QUI DEI TIMORE ET AMORE PATRIAE INFLAMMATUS / VITAM NAVEMQUE AMISIT / IN INFELICI ILLO PRAELIO ADVERSOS BATAVOS / IN HOC PORTU / PRID. ID MAR MDCLII'. [Translation] 'John Wood Englishman is buried under this stone, captain of the ship 'Peregrine' a man distinguished for piety, wisdom and courage, who feared God and was inspired by love of his country. He lost his ship and his life in an unfortunate battle with the Dutch and died in this port 14 March 1652 (old style).'

Details

Description: Hipped grave slab, possibly a 19th century replacement.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Peregrine

Event

Battle of Leghorn

Event Date

1653

Event Category

1652-1654 First Anglo-Dutch war

People

Wood, John
Age: 32
Date of Death: 14/3/1653
Cause of Death: War Casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: Six English merchantmen had been blockaded in Livorno. They accepted naval command under Commodore Henry Appleton and made an unsuccessful attempt to break out before reinforcements arrived. Wood was wounded in an action with the Dutch and died ten days later.
Bibliography: Michael M . Wood 'John Wood, Master of the Peregrine and his forgotten Italian Grave', 'Genealogists' Magazine' vol 32, pp. 304-310 (London, Dec 2017)

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Memorial commemorating the children of Thomas McGregor d. 1858, the Howff, Dundee

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

'Dedicated / By / THOMAS MCGREGOR / Shipmaster Dundee / AND / ANN ELINSHALL / His wife: / to perpetuate the memory of / their children viz; / ALEXANDER who died 31st March / 1820 Aged 22 ...' [The remainder of the inscription worn away]. [Reverse] 'Weep not for me but be content / I was not yours but only lent / Wipe of [sic] those tears and weep no more / I was not yours but gone before'.

Details

Description: Headstone with a shield containing the masonic symbols of a compass and set square above the inscription on the front and a cutter-rigged vessel carved on the reverse.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Sandstone

People

McGregor, Thomas
Age: 65
Date of Death: 1858
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Shipmaster
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: Missing inscription - the names Thomas 1836 and Eliza 1852 are just readable.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2017
Photographer: B. Tomlinson 2017

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Gravestone erected by John Wishart d. 1845 at The Howff, Dundee

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

'JOHN WISHART / shipmaster Dundee / and AGNES MITCHELL his spouse / in memory of her father / DAVID MITCHELL / who died 12th April 1811 / aged 62 years / Also DAVID MITCHELL her / Brother who died 1st April 1801 / aged 18 years / And MARGARET MITCHELL her / Sister who died 25 Decr 1815 / Aged 21 years'.

Details

Description: Headstone, carved with a cutter-rigged vessel in relief on the reverse.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Sandstone

People

Wishart, John
Age: 61
Date of Death: 1845
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Shipmaster
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Bibliography: Howff Burial Records online.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2017
Photographer: B. Tomlinson 2017

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Memorial at Funchal, Madeira to Samuel Barker d. 1866

Location

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / SAMUEL BARKER / FORMERLY OF THE / INDIAN NAVY / BORN IN LONDON / NOVEMBER 1826 / DIED AT FUNCHAL / 13TH JANUARY 1866'

Details

Description: Upright white marble plaque in a plain-moulded frame of tufa, both with a semi-circular apsidal bow, top centre.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble, tufa

People

Barker, Samuel
Age: 40
Date of Death: 13/1/1866
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: Indian Navy

Extra

Notes: In good condition. The number ‘14’ is also incised, apparently as part of the manufacture, at centre bottom on the moulding below the marble.
Recorder: Piet van der Merwe, 2017

English Cemetery at 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Memorial at Funchal, Madeira to Lieutenant Edward Williams RN d. 1837

Location

English Cemetery at 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / LIEUT. EDWARD WILLIAMS. /
OF / HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY’S SHIP / PEARL: / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT SEA, / SEPTEMBER 11TH 1837; / AGED 39 YEARS. / THIS, AS A VERY SMALL TRIBUTE / OF THEIR VERY GREAT RESPECT AND ESTEEM, / IS ERECTED BY HIS COMPANIONS / THE CAPTAIN OFFICERS AND CREW / OF THE PEARL. '

Details

Description: Classical-style high-relief white marble tablet with an open-bed pediment supported by two square-section reeded pilasters with Egyptian capitals, all on a rectangular horizontal base. The inscription is on the vertical format marble plaque this encloses and also appears to form backing to the whole.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Pearl

People

Williams, Edward
Age: 39
Date of Death: 11/9/1837
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Piet van der Merwe, 2017

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Memorial at Funchal, Madeira to Alexander Stewart d. 1848

Location

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / ALEXANDER STEWART
/ SEAMAN / WHO DIED ON BOARD THE U.S. SHIP / JAMESTOWN
IN FUNCHAL ROADS / DECR 21ST 1848 AGED 40 YEARS / Farewell dear shipmate thy glass has run / Thy earthly cruize is o’er / May thy spirit waft on angels wings / To that happy heavenly shore / As a tribute of regard for the memory / of a Seaman, (who was respected by / all who knew him) this tomb is / erected by his officers and / Shipmates.'

Details

Description: Plain vertical white marble plaque, originally set between plain flanking columns plaster/cement-moulded onto the bottom of the rubble wall behind, on a similar rectangular base below just overlapping the letters of the last line: only the fragmentary capitals, bases and lower step survive. Above the columns is the trace of a curved pediment, also missing.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Jamestown

People

Stewart, Alexander
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/12/1848
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Recorder: Piet van der Merwe, 2017

Naval and Military Cemetery, Portland, Dorset, England

Memorial at Portland, Dorset, commemorating John Britt d. 1906

Location

Naval and Military Cemetery, Portland, Dorset, England

Transcript

'JOHN BRITT / Chief Stoker HMS Albion / died / 3 Jan'y 1906 aged 35.'

Details

Vessel: HMS Albion

People

Britt, John
Age: 35
Date of Death: 3/1/1906
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Chief Stoker
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: R & J H Parry

St Anthony's Church, St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall, England

Memorial at St Antony in Roseland, Cornwall to Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Spry d. 1775

Location

St Anthony's Church, St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'SIR RICHARD SPRY, KT/ REAR ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE /
SEVERAL YEARS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF H.M. SHIPS / IN NORTH-AMERICA, THE MEDITERRANEAN, AND PLYMOUTH. / HE WAS ENVOY TO THE EMPEROR OF MOROCCO / AND THE STATES OF BARBARY. /
HE DIED ON THE 25TH OF NOVEMBER 1775, AGED 60 YEARS. /
THIS MONUMENT AS A TESTIMONY OF GRATITUDE IS ERECTED / BY HIS AFFECTIONATE NEPHEW ADMIRAL THOMAS SPRY.'

Details

Description: Marble wall tablet, the relief in the shape of a gothic arch. The the right, seated Britannia leaning on an urn, facing the stern of a naval vessel.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: Circa 1799
Artists: R. Westmacott

People

Spry, Richard
Age: 60
Date of Death: 25/11/1775
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Culross, Fife, Scotland,

Memorial plaque in Culross, Scotland dedicated to  Rear-Admiral Thomas Cochrane d. 1860

Location

Culross, Fife, Scotland,

Transcript

"Cochrane Haven is so named as a tribute to Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775-1860), who spent his youth in Culross. he entered the Royal Navy in 1793 and fought in the Napoleonic Wars. He served on many ships, two of which-HMS Barfleur and HMS Queen Charlotte-were commanded by Admiral Lord Keith of nearby Tuliallan estate. After a period of service as an MP for Westminster, he left Britain and is acknowledged as a hero in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Greece, all countries he helped to independence.

In 1828, Admiral Cochrane returned to Great Britain and spent many years in marine engineering research. He was also Commander-in-Chief of the North America and West Indies Station from 1848-1851.

He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

This plaque, placed here in 1995 replaces an original installed in November 1939 by HMS Cochrane, Rosyth, and the National Trust for Scotland."

Details

Description: Simple wall plaque in black.
Type: Plaque
Date Erected: 1995
Vessel: HMS Speedy, HMS Pallas, HMS Imperieuse, HMS Arab,

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Cochrane, Thomas
Age: 84
Date of Death: 1860
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Thomas Cochrane remains one of Britain's most distinguished and controversial Admirals.