Category Archives: Whaling

Norwood Cemetery, London, England

Memorial in Norwood Cemetery, London commemorating Elhanen Bicknell d. 1861

Location

Norwood Cemetery, London, England

Details

People

Bicknell, Elhanen
Age: 73
Date of Death: 1861
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Built up substantial whaling business.
Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 215.
Recorder: BBT. 12/1/82

Museum in Docklands, London, England

Memorial in Museum in Docklands, London to John Lydekker d. 1832, owner of whaling ships

Location

Museum in Docklands, London, England

Transcript

'ERECTED / BY THE GOVERNORS OF THE / SEAMEN'S HOSPITAL SOCIETY, / of the Port of London, / IN MEMORY OF / JOHN LYDEKKER, ESQR. / South Sea Ship Owner. / GRATEFULLY TO RECORD HIS / MUNIFICENT BEQUEST TO THAT / INSTITUTION. / HE DIED ON THE 23rd JULY 1832, / and was buried in the North Vault / OF THE CHURCH OF ST DIONIS, BACKCHURCH, / FENCHURCH STREET.'

Details

Description: An impressive pedimented memorial consisting of an inscribed tablet bordered by two figures depicting injured seamen. The tablet and figures stand on a shelf supported on two corbels each showing two fish in relief. The corbels encase a shallow relief depicting a whaling scene. The recently skilfully carved replacement apron is of stylised scallop shells. The Seaman's Hospital Society is better known today as The Hospital for Tropical Diseases. The Society was set up on 8th March 1821 for the purpose of caring for the relief of sick and helpless seamen. The 8th March has become known as 'Founders Day'- the birth of Tropical Medicine.
Type: Wall monument
Position: By entrance
Materials: White marble
Artists: J.J. Sanders, William Tite

People

Lydekker, John
Age:
Date of Death: 23/7/1832
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Ship owner
Organisation:

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Notes: The memorial originally hung on the staircase at The Royal Exchange. Lloyds vacated the building in the 1920's. It was removed from the building in the 1980's and was stored in various buildings until it was transferred to The Museum of London in 1997. It is now in pride of place at The Museum in Docklands, being recently restored and installed for the museum by Cliveden Conservation Workshop.

Spring Bank Cemetery, Hull, England

Column at Spring Bank Cemetery, Hull commemorating John Gravill d. 1866

Location

Spring Bank Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'In memory of John Gravill of Kingston upon Hull, Master Mariner who during a period of 40 years was engaged in the Northern Whale and Seal Fishery. He died on board the steam whaler Diana in Davis Straits 26th December 1866 aged 64 years. His death resulted from exposure anxiety and shortness of provisions during a four months imprisonment in the ice surrounded by all the dreariness and perils of a cold and desolate Arctic winter the subsequent death of the crew from scurvy and starvation rendered the voyage one of the most disastrous and melancholy on record. This monument was erected by the subscription of the friends of Captain Gravill as a token of the esteem in which he was held as a skilful commander a kind and considerate master and an affectionate husband and father. His remains were brought home in the ship and are interred in the vault beneath'

Details

Type: Column
Vessel: Diana

People

Gravill, John
Age: 54
Date of Death: 25/12/1865
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master mariner
Organisation:

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Notes: On reverse a reference to a Captain John Gravill died at Dundee 13 November 1882 aged 51 only son of John and Anne. On left side refers to daughter Emily.

St Clement's Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England

Tomb in St Clement’s Church, Leigh-on-Sea, commemorating  Captain William Goodland d. 1639

Location

St Clement's Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England

Transcript

'In hope of the Joyfull Resurrection Here lieth (Expecting ye Second coming of His Saviour) Captain William Goodland Chief Commander of the Grenland Fleet XX yeare and Master of the Trinity Howse in Anno 1634. Hee departed this life the 13th day of January 1639 in the sixty two yeare of his age'

Details

Type: Chest-tomb
Position: East end

People

Goodland, William
Age: 62
Date of Death: 1639
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master. Master of Trinity House
Organisation:

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