Category Archives: Piracy

Protestant Cemetery, Northam Road, Penang, Malaysia, Rest of the World

Memorial at the Protestant Cemetery, Northam Road, Penang, Malaysia commemorating James Kennedy, RN, d. 1873

Location

Protestant Cemetery, Northam Road, Penang, Malaysia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Ordinary seaman; H.M.S. Thalia. Wounded in action against pirates in Larut. / Died 13 Oct. 1873. / Aged 21 years / Erected by Capt. H. B. Woollcombe.'

Details

Vessel: HMS Thalia

People


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Bibliography: John B. Hattendorf 'Some British and American Sailor's Tombstones in Penang, Malaysia', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 68, p. 326, (Greenwich, 1982).

St Mary's Church, Stoke Newington, Greater London, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington commemorating Lieutenant William Pickett HEIC d. 1796

Location

St Mary's Church, Stoke Newington, Greater London, England

Transcript

'Lieutenant WILLIAM PICKETT. In the Honb. East India Company's Service / was slain by Pirates / on board the TRITON in the Bay of Bengal / the 29th June 1796 Aged 36 years.'

Details

Type: Tomb
Position: Churchyard

People

Pickett, William
Age: 36
Date of Death: 29/6/1796
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery commemorating crew members of USS ‘Powhatan’ and HMS ‘Rattler’ killed in action with pirates 1855

Location

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Erected / by the officers and crews of the / United States Steam Frigate Powhatan / and H.B.M. Steam Sloop Rattler / in memory of / their shipmates who fell in a combined boat / attack on a fleet of piratical junks off / Kuhlan August 4th 1855 / KUHLAN / 1855 / Killed in the action / 'RATTLER' / Geo. Mitchell A.B. / Jas. SILVERS Carp. Crew / Jno. MASSEY Gun. R.M.A. / M. OLIFF Private R.A. / 'POWHATAN' / Jno. PEPPER S.E.A. / Jos. A. HALSEY Lands. / Isaac COE Lands. / S. MULLARD Marine / B.F. ADAMSON Marine'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Vessel: USS Powhatan, HMS Rattler

People

Adamson, B. F.
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Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
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Coe, Isaac
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Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
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Halsey, J. A.
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Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
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Massey, J.
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Gunner RMA
Organisation: Royal Marine Artillery
Mitchell, George
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Mullard, S.
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Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
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Oliff, M.
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Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Private RA
Organisation: Royal Artillery
Pepper, J.
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Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Silvers, James
Age:
Date of Death: 4/8/1855
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter's crew
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Recorder: Christine Thomas; Patricia Lim, Gwulo.com

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham, London, England

Monument at St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham, London commemorating Admiral Sir Challoner Ogle, RN d. 1750

Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham, London, England

Transcript

'H.S.E. / Vir Honorabilis CHALONER OGLE Eq. Aur. / Regiarum classium Praefectus primarius, / Qui generosam inter Northumbrios stirpem / Nobilitate rerum gestarum decoravit. / Militiae primordia solitariae dux navis / Memorabili proelio insignivit / Archipiratae, / Indiae per maria immaniter ferocientis / Debellator. / Saevientibus dein quaquaversum armis. / In altiori imperio collocatus, / Superbos hostes, / Oceani Occidentalis dominium affectantes / Fortitudine pari et consilio coercuit / Deflagrante tandem bello redux. / Optima spoilia, victoriarum monumenta / ad urbanas artes excolendas / Vir elegans, comis, magnificus / Felici studio applicuit; / Amabilique demum in sucessu / Classiariis charus, civibus gratiosus / Vitam toties pro patria periclitatam / Placida morte commutavit / AEtat anno LXX. Sal.MDCCL / Optimo Conjugi ISABELLA Vidus / Moerens Posuit' [H.S.E. The Honorable Chaloner Ogle Knight, First Admiral of the Royal Navy, Who, with his brave deeds gave honour to his noble stock, distinguished among the Northumbrians. At the beginning of his career in the Navy being the commander of only one ship, he distinguished himself in a memorable battle where he overcome the Chief of the Pirates who were ferociously infesting the Indian Sea. Having been raised to an higher position, he halted, with great courage and equally great wisdom the arrogant enemies who were trying to impose their rule on the Western Ocean. finally, when the turmoil of war came to an end he came home. Being a cultivated, kind and generous man, with cheerful zeal he employed the rich spoils, mementoes of his victories, to give splendor to the public monuments. And beloved by his mariners, kind to civilians, having spent all his life for his Country's good, he died peacefully at the age of 70 in the year 1750 AD. Isabella, his afflicted widow, erected this memorial to her devoted husband.]

Details

Description: Above inscription, naval trophies and a cherub leaning on a broken pillar holding a snake biting its tail. Relief of ships.
Type: Wall monument
Position: Gallery
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: 1751
Artists: Michael Rysbrack

People

Ogle, Chaloner
Age: 70
Date of Death: 1750
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Commemorates his defeat of the pirate Bartholomew Roberts in the 50 gun 'Swallow' 1722.
Bibliography: Notes by K.A. Esdaile in the Parish Magazine. Translation Silvia Bozzato.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 1994
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

Near Lower Ferry, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Blue plaque near Lower Ferry, Dartmouth, Devon dedicated to John Davis d. 1605

Location

Near Lower Ferry, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Transcript

'John Davis, 1550-1605 Born at Sandridge on the Dart, he made three Arctic voyages in 1585/7 to find a north-west passage to China and discovered the Davis Strait. He invented the Davis quadrant and backstaff. He sighted the Falkland Islands in 1592. Later he was pilot to the East India Co. and in 1605 was killed by pirates off Sumatra.'

Details

Description: Blue plaque erected by Dartmouth Town Council and the Dartmouth and Kingswear Society. Sandridge is an estate on the River Dart three miles upstream near the village of Stoke Gabriel where he was baptised and married.

Type: Blue plaque
Materials: Metal

People

Davis, John
Age: c. 55
Date of Death: 1605
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Explorer
Organisation: Unknown

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Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery commemorating H.J. Nicholson d. 1911

Location

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Erected by friends to the memory of H.J. NICHOLSON, aged 48, who was killed while defending his ship the 'Shui On' against a piratical attack in the West River on the 24th. November, 1911'

Details

Description: Base of cross with kerbs round the graves. Badly damaged.
Type: Cross
Vessel: Shui On

People

Nicholson, H. J.
Age: 48
Date of Death: 24/11/1911
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:

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Recorder: Christine Thomas 1988

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery commemorating Thomas Guy Pocock d. 1890

Location

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Transcript

'I AM THE RESURRECTION / SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / THOMAS GUY POCOCK / WHO WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED BY CHINESE PIRATES / WHEN IN COMMAND OF STEAMER 'NAMOA' 10TH JANUARY 1890. / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED / BY HIS LOVING WIDOW. / AND HIS COMRADES IN THE SERVICE / OF THE DOUGLAS STEAMSHIP CO. OF HONG KONG'

Details

Description: Cross on stepped plinth.
Type: Cross
Vessel: SS Namoa

People

Pocock, Thomas Guy
Age:
Date of Death: 10/12/1890
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Screw steamer, owner Douglas Steamship Co, built 1872, in Aberdeen, 1375 GRT.
Bibliography: Frena Bloomfield 'Scandals and disasters of Hong Kong' 37-41. (South China Morning Post).
Recorder: Christine Thomas; Patricia Lim, Gwulo.com

St Candida's Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Memorial in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, commemorating Admiral Sir George Somers, RN d. 1610 who died in Bermuda

Location

St Candida's Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Devon, England

Transcript

'ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS KT / SHIPMATE OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH / COLONIZER OF THE BERMUDAS / BORN NEAR LYME REGIS 1554 / OWNER OF BERNE MANOR / IN WHITCHURCH CANONICORUM / DIED IN THE BERMUDAS, NOVEMBER 1610 / BURIED BENEATH THE OLD CHANTRY / UNDER THE PRESENT VESTRY JULY 4 1611 / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 1908'

Details

Description: The inscription within a border of foliage. Tablet in St Candida's church, Whitchurch Canonicorum dedicated to George Somers. d. 1908

Type: Tablet
Position: South wall of chancel
Materials: Brass
Date Erected: 1908
Vessel: Sea Venture

People

Somers, George
Age: 56
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

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Notes: George Somers founded the English colony of Bermuda, also known as Somers Isles. His shipwreck in 'Sea Venture' (which he survived) is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.

Bibliography: J.D. Spinney 'Some Naval Memorials in Dorset', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 73, p. 191 (Greenwich,1987).