Memorial: M1302

Memorial on Beechey Island, Canada commemorating Lieutenant Joseph Bellot d. 1853


Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada


'Sacred / TO THE MEMORY OF / MONSIEUR BELLOT, / LIEUTENANT IN THE FRENCH NAVY, / AND / CHEVALIER OF THE LEGION OF HONOUR, / WHO ACCOMPANIED MR. KENNEDY / AND CAPTAIN INGLEFIELD / ON THEIR RESPECTIVE VISITS TO THE / ARCTIC REGIONS. Whilst attached to H.M.S. Phoenix, / under Captain Inglefield he gallantly / volunteered to convey Despatches to / Captain Sir E. Belcher, with a sledge / crew from H.M.S. North Star. In a heavy gale of wind on the 18th / August,1853, he was drowned by the / disruption of the ice near Cape Grinnell, / much lamented by the Arctic Squadron / and all who had the pleasure of know- / ing his value and noble spirit'


Type: Headboard
Materials: Wood


Bellot, Joseph Rene
Date of Death: 18/8/1853
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: French Navy


Notes: M'Dougall, who says this inscription was placed on a headboard, gives a slightly different and shorter wording. This transcript accords with the version in the 'Illustrated London News' 28 Oct 1854 p.421.
Bibliography: George F. M'Dougall 'The eventful voyage of H.M. Discovery ship 'Resolute' to the Arctic Regions.

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