Memorial: M6577

Memorial at Abergele, Conwy to Benjamin Townsend, died in the wreck of the ‘Guardian Angel’ 1867.

Location

St Michael's Church, Abergele, Conwy, Wales

Transcript

'BENJAMIN C TOWNSEND / SHIP MASTER / SON OF / WILLIAM H AND MARIA ANN TOWNSEND / BORN IN PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND / UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA / NOVEMBER 15 1827 / WHO PERISHED BY SHIPWRECK OF BARQUE / GUARDIAN ANGEL OFF THIS COAST / DECEMBER 2 1867 / LEAVING A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN / AGE 40 YEARS 17 DAYS / he shall not return to us but we shall / go to him.'

Details

Description: Headstone carved with a masonic square and compasses above the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Grey sandstone
Vessel: Guardian Angel

People

Townsend, Benjamin C.
Age: 40
Date of Death: 2/12/1867
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: The 'Guardian Angel' was wrecked in a storm on the Constable Bank off Abergele. Eight of the crew of fifteen were lost. A similar headstone to Benjamin C. Townsend stands in North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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