Category Archives: Whaling

Norwood Cemetery, London, England

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

Location

Norwood Cemetery, London, England

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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

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Gravestone formerly at St Mary’s Church, Whitby commemorating Isaac Woodhouse d. 1787 and his son Andrew d. 1777 off Greenland

Location

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'To / the memory of / ISAAC WOODHOUSE / Master Mariner who was interred / at Newcastle November 25th 1787 / aged 67 years / and ANNE his wife interred here / July 17th 1800 aged 77 years / also ANDREW their son who was / drowned in the Greenland seas / April 16th 1777 aged 19 years / Likewise seven children who died / in their minority / also HUTCHINSON their daughter / who died Dec 4th 1844 aged 78 years'

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People

Woodhouse, Isaac
Age: 67
Date of Death: 25/11/1787
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master Mariner
Organisation:
Woodhouse, Andrew
Age: 19
Date of Death: 16/4/1777
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Whaler
Organisation:

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Notes: Recorded in 1877 now lost through coastal erosion.

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Rest of the World

Gravestone at Boldixum church,  Schleswig-Holstein commemorating Jens Namens d. 1815

Location

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Carved with a whaling ship.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Namens, Jens
Age:
Date of Death: 10/10/1815
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Bibliography: T. Sheppard 'Old Dutch Whalers','Mariners Mirror' vol. 25, pp. 50-61, (Cambridge, 1939).

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Rest of the World

Gravestone at Boldixum church, Schleswig-Holstein commemorating Petersen Petersen d. 1749

Location

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Rest of the World

Transcript

'...after sailing for 18 years as a ship's captain, he was called to his last reckoning in the waters of Greenland by the will of God and so reached his life's end at the age of 49 years 12 weeks'

Details

Description: Carved with a ship above the inscription, with 'De Petrus' on the stern.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Petersen, Petersen
Age: 49
Date of Death: 27/5/1749
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Born 3 March 1700 in Wyk, died in Greenland.
Bibliography: T. Sheppard 'Old Dutch Whalers', 'Mariners Mirror' vol. 25, pp. 50-61, (Cambridge, 1939).

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Rest of the World

Gravestone at Boldixum church, Schleswig-Holstein commemorating Volkert Payer d. 1748

Location

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Carved with a ship in relief.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Payer, Volkert
Age:
Date of Death: 1748
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: 1676-1748.
Bibliography: T. Sheppard 'Old Dutch Whalers', 'Mariners Mirror' vol. 25, pp. 50-61 (Cambridge, 1939).

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Gravestone at St Mary’s Church, Whitby commemorating William Scoresby d. 1829

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Location

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'In memoriam / WILLIAM SCORESBY / born at Nutholme, Yorkshire May 3rd / 1760 was many years successfully / engaged in the Arctic Whale Fishery / died at Whitby 28th April 1829 / also LADY MARY wife of the above / WM SCORESBY born at Cropton April 5th 1765 / died at Whitby February 1st 1819 / also SARAH SKELTON eldest daughter / of the above born May 3rd 1784 died at Hull July 1789 / also REV WILLIAM SCORESBY DD / their eldest son born Oct 5th 1789/died at Torquay March 21 1857 / also THOMAS SCORESBY MD born / Sept 17th 1804 died in U.S. March 11th 1866 / also JOHN, JOHN, SMITH, ANN, EDMUND / RACHEL & HORATIO died in their infancy / This stone was erected in affectionate / remembrance by MARY CLARK & ARABELLA JACKSON / surviving daughters of the above WILLIAM and / LADY MARY SCORESBY / MARY CLARK died at Grosmont / March 17th 1876 aged 88'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard

People

Scoresby, William
Age: 68
Date of Death: 28/4/1829
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Whaler
Organisation:

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Notes: Recorded in 1877 now destroyed by coastal erosion.

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.

Fellfoot Point, Baffin Island, Canada, Rest of the World

Memorial at Fellfoot Point, Baffin Island, Canada commemorating John Peterhead, d. 1885

Location

Fellfoot Point, Baffin Island, Canada, Rest of the World

Transcript

'IN / MEMORY / OF / JOHN DAVIDSON / PETERHEAD / WHO DIED / 1ST AUGUST 1885 / AGED 42 YEARS / S.S. RESOLUTE / DUNDEE'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Materials: Plexiglass, oak
Vessel: SS Resolute

People

Davidson, John
Age: 42
Date of Death: 1/8/1885
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Whaler
Organisation: Unknown

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Bibliography: Fiona Jane Brown 'The Mystery of the Arctic Grave', 'Your Family Tree' p. 28 (Nov, 2006)

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Gravestone at Boldixum Church,  Schleswig-Holstein commemorating Tucke Olves d. 1757

Location

Church, Boldixum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Details

Description: Carved with a ship in harbour.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Olves, Tucke
Age:
Date of Death: 26/8/1757
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Notes: Born 10 Aug 1695, died in Amsterdam 26 Aug 1757 after 50 years at sea, had sailed 33 times as skipper to Greenland.
Bibliography: T. Sheppard 'Old Dutch Whalers', 'Mariners Mirror' vol. 25, pp. 50-61, (Cambridge, 1939).