Category Archives: Impressment

Extra-Mural Cemetery, Brighton, England

Memorial at Extra-Mural Cemetery, Brighton, England commemorating Edward Bransfield, RN, d.1852

Location

Extra-Mural Cemetery, Brighton, England

Transcript

‘Sacred to the memory of Edward Bransfield, Esq, the Royal Navy, Died 31st October, 1852. Age 67 years’.

Details

Type: Raised ledger
Position: Graveyard
Materials: stone
Vessel: Williams

People

Bransfield, Edward
Age: 67
Date of Death: 31/09/1852
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Master & Pilot
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: A memorial was erected to Edward Bransfield in his home village of Ballinacurra, County Cork, Ireland in January 2020, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Bransfield’s discovery of the continent of Antarctica.

Old Harbour, Ballinacurra, County Cork, Ireland

Memorial at Ballinacurra Old Harbour, County Cork, Ireland, commemorating Edward Bransfield, RN, d. 1852

Location

Old Harbour, Ballinacurra, County Cork, Ireland

Transcript

‘EDWARD BRANSFIELD / 1785 - 1852 / Ships Master and / ANTARCTIC EXPLORER / from Ballinacurra, Co. Cork. / Leader of the first expedition / to see and chart the Antarctic / Mainland on the 30th of / January 1820’ // Rear: ‘The brig Williams’ //

Plinth: KEOHANE / FORDE / CROZIER / MCCARTHY BROS / SHACKLETON / CREAN

Details

Description: A rounded limestone menhir in the shape of a marker beacon with a carved and painted dedication to Bransfield. At the foot of the stone is a relief carved and painted penguin. On the rear is a relief carving of the brig ‘Williams’ in full sail. The monument stands on a circular plinth, with a relief map of Antarctica with the names other Irish polar explorers around the circumference.

Type: Memorial stone
Position: Old harbour, Ballinacurra
Materials: Ballinacurra limestone
Date Erected: January 2020
Artists: Matthew Thompson
Vessel: HMS Andromache, MV Williams

Event

Discovery of Antarctica

Event Date

January 1820

People

Bransfield, Edward
Age: 67
Date of Death: 31/09/1852
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Master & Pilot
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Edward Bransfield, an Irish officer in the British Royal Navy. He had been impressed into the Royal Navy in 1803, at the age of 18. Bransfield became a skilled navigator. In January 1820, as an officer on the brig, MV Williams, sailing from Valparaiso, Chile, he sighted the Trinity Peninsula in Antarctica. Bransfield died on 31 October 1852 was buried in Brighton, England.

The monument commemorates the 200th anniversary of Bransfield’s discovery of the continent of Antarctica. The Edward Bransfield Committee campaigned and fundraised for the monument.

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Memorial in Warblington, Hampshire, commemorating William Bean d. 1758

Location

Church of St Thomas A Becket, Warblington, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of William son of John & Sarah Bean / That lost his life by some powder / taking fire in his Majesty's ship / Torbay in Portsmouth Harbour / September the 27th 1758 Aged 20 years. Unhappy late impressed and forced was I / from every Friend to Fight the enemy / yet harder fate by Strange Explosion sent / from fire to Water mark the dire event: / Two Elements conspire to set me free / Lord from life's Tempest rest my Soul with thee / Two [?] more of their CHILDREN lays here Infants'

Details

Description: Carving of warship above inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Limestone
Vessel: HMS Torbay

People

Bean, William
Age: 20
Date of Death: 27/9/1758
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Photograph showing stone in much less eroded condition in Morton Nance Collection, Prints & Drawings BOX 1396. It is signed 'Frederick H. Crossley FSA' and stamped '19, Shavington Avenue, Chester, England' (Frederick Herbert Crossley (1868-1955). Original stone very worn. 'Warship Histories' gives the date of the explosion in the fore magazine of 'Torbay' as 27th August 1757. The vessel was not lost as a result of the accident and sailed for the African Coast in October.
Bibliography: ADM 33/593 Pay book of 'Torbay. William Bean, AB came onboard on 24 June 1758 and was discharged dead on 28 September 'drowned'.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson, Daphne Meryon

St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Wall tablet in St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne commemorating Captain John Bover RN d. 1782

Location

St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Transcript

'NEAR / THIS PLACE LIE THE REMAINS OF / JOHN BOVER ESQR. / POST-CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY / WHO DIED ON THE TWENTIETH DAY OF MAY 1782 / AGED SIXTY EIGHT / HAVING FOR SEVERAL PREVIOUS YEARS FILLED / WITH THE HIGHEST CREDIT THE ARDUOUS SITUATION / OF REGULATING OFFICER AT THIS PORT / THIS TABLET / TO THE MEMORY OF A BELOVED PARENT / IS ERECTED PURSUANT / TO THE WISHES OF HIS ONLY SURVIVING SON / THE LATE GEORGE BOVER ESQR. OF STOCKTON LODGE / IN THE CITY OF CHESTER'

Details

Description: In the shape of a sarcophagus.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South side of the nave
Materials: Marble
Artists: G. Green

People

Bover, George
Age: 68
Date of Death: 20/5/1782
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Post Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Bover in charge of local press gang.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2013