Memorial: M6358

Wall tablet at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating Rear-Admiral Sir Michael Seymour d. 1834

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / SIR MICHAEL SEYMOUR, KNIGHT COMMANDER / OF THE MOST HONOURABLE MILITARY ORDER OF THE BATH, AND A / REAR ADMIRAL, OF THE BLUE SQUADRON OF HIS MAJESTY'S FLEET / WHO IN THE 66TH YEAR OF HIS AGE, CLOSED HIS BRILLIANT AND EXEMPLARY / CAREER AT RIO DE JANEIRO ON THE 9TH DAY OF JULY 1834 WHEN IN COMMAND / OF HIS MAJESTY'S NAVAL FORCES ON THE SOUTH AMERICAN STATION. / THIS MOST DISTINGUISHED OFFICER AND AMIABLE MAN, WHOSE HEROIC / EXPLOITS ARE RECORDED IN THE ANNALS OF HIS COUNTRY, LOST AN ARM, / WHEN SERVING AS LIEUTENANT ON BOARD THE 'MARLBOROUGH' IN THE / MEMORABLE ACTION OF THE 1ST JUNE 1794 AND WHILST IN COMMAND / OF THE 'AMETHYST' FRIGATE OF 36 GUNS, CAPTURED AFTER TWO WELL / CONTESTED AND SANGUINARY ACTIONS THE FRENCH FRIGATES / 'THETIS' AND 'NIEMEN' OF 46 GUNS EACH, FOR WHICH HE RECEIVED / A MEDAL AND WAS CREATED A BARONET; HE SUCCESSFULLY COMMANDED / THE 'HANNIBAL' (IN WHICH SHIP HE CAPTURED THE FRENCH FRIGATE / 'SULTANE',) THE 'NORTHUMBERLAND' AND TWO OF THE ROYAL YACHTS / AND WAS COMMISSIONER OF THE NAVAL DOCKYARD AT PORTSMOUTH, / UNTIL APPOINTED TO THE SOUTH AMERICAN COMMAND./ AS AN HUMBLE BUT SINCERE TESTIMONY OF THE UNFEIGNED / RESPECT FOR HIM AS A MAN AND THEIR PROFOUND ADMIRATION OF HIM / AS AN OFFICER, THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE / CAPTAIN, OFFICERS, SEAMEN AND ROYAL MARINES / OF HIS FLAG SHIP THE / 'SPARTIATE'.

Details

Description: At the top of the memorial, a trophy consisting of a crown on the staff of a trident, flanked by flags, with navigational instruments, a rudder and gun barrels. The inscription tablet below, has a scroll on either side enclosing carved oak leaves. On the apron, the Seymour arms and crossed palm branches. The brackets are carved with acanthus leaves.




Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Spartiate, HMS Amethyst.

Event

Glorious 1st of June.

Event Date

1794

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Seymour, Michael
Age: 66
Date of Death: 9/7/1834
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear-Admiral of the Blue
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: B. Tomlinson