Memorial: M3068

Wall tablet in the Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Lymington, Hampshire commemorating Lieutenant Robert Fry Castle RN, lost in HMS ‘Captain’ 1870

Location

Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Lymington, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / ROBERT FRY CASTLE LIEUTENANT R.N. / AGED 25. / ALSO OF / RICHARD SHEEPSHANKS, COMMANDER R.N. / AGED 33 / (BROTHER-IN-LAW OF THE ABOVE) / WHO WERE DROWNED, ON THE 7TH SEP.TR 1870 / BY THE FOUNDERING OF H.M.S. 'CAPTAIN' / OFF CAPE FINISTERRE'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Sanctuary south wall
Materials: White and black marble
Artists: Tizard
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Castle, Robert Fry
Age: 25
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Sheepshanks, Richard
Age: 33
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Captain' was an experimental turret ship, however, due to problems with stability, the ship capsized in 1870. Her designer, Cowper Phipps Coles, also went down with the ship.
Bibliography: Peter Clissold 'Ships and Monuments in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 58, p. 213 (Greenwich, 1972).
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)