Memorial: M6578

Memorial in Newhaven, East Sussex dedicated to Captain James Hanson and the officers of HMS ‘Brazen’ lost 1800,

Location

St Michael's church, Newhaven, East Sussex

Transcript

[SE Face] ‘THE FRIENDS OF CAPTN. HANSON / CAUSED THIS MONUMENT / TO BE ERECTED / AS A MARK OF THEIR ESTEEM / FOR A DESERVING OFFICER / AND A VALUABLE FRIEND. / IT WAS THE WILL OF HEAVEN / TO PRESERVE HIM DURING FOUR YEARS VOYAGE / OF DANGER AND DIFFICULTY / ROUND THE WORLD / ON DISCOVERIES WITH CAPTN. VANCOUVER / IN THE YEARS 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 / BUT TO TAKE HIM FROM US / WHEN MOST HE THOUGHT HIMSELF SECURE. / “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters” [SW Face] ‘NAMES OF THE OFFICERS LOST / JAMES HANSON ESQ / COMMANDER JAMES COOK / LIEUTS / JOHN DENBRY / PATRICK VENABLES / MIDSHIPMAN / JAMES HANWELL / JOHN BRAUGH PURSER / ROBERT HILL SURGEON / THOMAS WHITFIELD BOATSWAIN ROBERT AALDER YARIE [?] GUNNER / JOHN TEAGUE CARPENTER’ [Panel NW Face] ‘SACRED / TO THE MEMORY / OF / CAPTN. JAMES HANSON / THE OFFICERS AND COMPANY / OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP BRAZEN; / WHO WERE WRECKED / IN A VIOLENT STORM / UNDER THE CLIFF / BEARING FROM THE PLACE S.W. / AT 5 O’CLOCK AM JANRY. 20TH A.D. 1800 / ONE OF THE CREW ONLY SURVIVING / TO TELL THE MELANCHOLY TALE, / BY THIS FATAL EVENT, THE COUNTRY, ALAS! WAS DEPRIVED, / OF 105 BRAVE DEFENDERS AT A TIME, WHEN IT / MOST REQUIRED THEIR ASSISTANCE. / THE REMAINS OF MANY OF THEM / WERE INTERRED NEAR THIS SPOT / BY THE DIRECTION OF THE ADMIRALTY. / “The waters saw Thee O God”. [Panel NE Face] ‘THE BRAZEN HAD BEEN ORDERED TO PROTECT / THIS PART OF THE COAST / FROM THE INSOLENT ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY; / AND ON THE EVENING / PROCEEDING THE / SAD CATASTROPHE, / HAD DETAINED A FOREIGN VESSEL WHICH / WAS PUT UNDER THE CARE OF / THE MASTER’S MATE, A MIDSHIPMAN / 8 SEAMEN AND 2 MARINES; / WHO WERE THEREBY SAVED / FROM THE FATE OF THEIR COMPANIONS.’ [On top step of base, facing SE in lead letters ‘THIS MONUMENT WAS RESTORED BY / LOUISA / WIDOW OF THE ABOVE CAPTN JAMES HANSON, RN /OCTOBER 1878’.

Details

Description: Ashlar obelisk, with slate panels on the rectangular base, Carved dolphins at the bottom of each panel, seaweed and shells above.
Type: Obelisk
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Ashlar
Vessel: HMS Brazen

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Bibliography: Jill Seddon, Peter Seddon, Anthony McIntosh 'Public Sculpture of Sussex' p.86.

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