Memorial: M3211

Memorial at¬†Gateway National Park, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, USA commemorating Lieutenant Hamilton Douglas Halyburton RN d. 1783 with thirteen other crew members of HMS ‘Assistance’ whose boat was caught in a snowstorm

Location

Gateway National Park, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, USA, Rest of the World

Transcript

[On bronze plaque] ' ON THIS SPOT WERE BURIED / THE REMAINS OF THE HONOURABLE / HAMILTON DOUGLAS HALYBURTON / SON OF THE EARL OF MORTON / AND OF JAMES CHAMPION , LIEUTENANT OF MARINES / TOGETHER WITH TWELVE MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF HMS ASSISTANCE WHO / DIED AT SANDY HOOK IN THE LINE OF / DUTY ON DECEMBER 31 1783 / ERECTED AND DEDICATED IN 1939'

Details

Description: Union Jack and White ensign hoisted above the memorial.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Outside Fort Hancock on main road
Materials: Granite
Vessel: HMS Assistance

People

Champion, James
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Marines
Gascoigne, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hallyburton, Hamilton Douglas
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hamilton, Andrew
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Haywood, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Johnstone, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy
McChain, John
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Paddy, George
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Reddie, David
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Scott, William
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Spry, William
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tomlinson, William
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Towers, George
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Wood, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 31/12/1783
Cause of Death: Exposure
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Halyburton's father was the Earl of Morton. He commanded a barge which was caught in a snowstorm, while attempting to round up crew members who had deserted when sent ashore for water. The remainder of the boat's crew other than Champion and Towers, were described as 'Young gentlemen'. Halyburton's mother erected a memorial at the spot in 1808 but this was destroyed by a French landing party. The remains were rediscovered in 1909 and re-interred at Cyprus Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

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