Category Archives: Privateering

Fitzford end of Plymouth Road (A386), Tavistock, Devon, England

Statue in Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon depicting Sir Francis Drake, d. 1596

Location

Fitzford end of Plymouth Road (A386), Tavistock, Devon, England

Transcript

'ARMADA 1588, ' SIR FRANCIS DRAKE / THE FAMOUS NAVIGATOR AND ADMIRAL / WAS BORN IN CROWNDALE IN TAVISTOCK / PARISH ABOUT 1542 / AND DIED AT SEA 1596 / THIS STATUE BY JOSEPH EDGAR BOEHM / WAS ERECTED IN 1883 / THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF HASTINGS / NINTH DUKE OF BEDFORD.'

Details

Description: Full-length holding compasses, globe behind. Three bas-reliefs on the base depict the game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe, his knighting by Queen Elizabeth and Drake's burial at sea. Cast by Drew & Co/Moore & Co, Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 27/9/1883
Artists: Joseph Boehm

People

Drake, Francis
Age: c.55
Date of Death: 28/1/1596
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: privateer; explorer
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: A statue of Sir Francis Drake by Andreas Friedrich had been erected at Offenburg in Germany in 1854. Confusing him with Sir Walter Raleigh, it credited him with introducing the potato to Europe. This statue was destroyed prior to the Second World War. The Tavistock statue was the first to be put up in England.
Bibliography: R.G. Harry 'Tavistock Sir Francis Drake's Statue and Medal'.

All Saints Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England

Tablet dedicated to Jonathan Brunt in Bakewell, Derbyshire d. 1779

Location

All Saints Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England

Transcript

'To the memory of / JONATHAN BRUNT Junr / late surgeon on board the Sturdy Beggar / Privateer of Liverpool / who was wrecked in the Atlantic Ocean / off the island of Fayal / where he died in September 1779 / aged 19 years'

Details

Description: Roman capitals and lower case lettering. Moulded border surmounted by cornice.


Type: Tablet
Position: Exterior of south wall.south porch
Materials: Slate
Vessel: Sturdy Beggar

People

Brunt, Jonathan
Age: 19
Date of Death: 9/1779
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: M Bartlett, Cavendish NADFAS, 1993

South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India, Rest of the World

Memorial at South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata, India, commemorating Captain Henry Frost, Bombay Marine, d. 1803

Location

South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India, Rest of the World

Transcript

'To the memory of HENRY FROST Esqr. / Captain on the Marine Establishment at Bombay / and late Commander of the 'Mornington' cruiser, / in which capacity He distinguished himself by / the capture of the / French Privateer, / ‘Eugiene’, and by other public Services, Obiit Calcutta, March 15th, 1803, Aetat 30. / In his premature death was regretted / the loss of a gallant officer, / a warm friend, and a worthy man.'

Details

Vessel: Mornington

People

Frost, Henry
Age: 30
Date of Death: 15/3/1803
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Bombay Marine

Extra

Bibliography: 'The Bengal Obituary or a record to perpetuate the memory of departed worth' (Calcutta, 1848) p.86

Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England

Bust of Sir Francis Drake d. 1596 at Stowe, Buckinghamshire.

Location

Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England

Transcript

'SIR FRANCIS DRAKE / WHO THROUGH MANY PERILS, WAS THE FIRST OF BRITONS / THAT ADVENTURED TO SAIL ROUND THE GLOBE / AND CARRIED INTO UNKNOWN SEAS AND NATIONS; / THE KNOWLEDGE AND GLORY OF THE BRITISH NAME'

Details

Description: Bust in a niche in the Temple of British Worthies.
Type: Bust
Position: Temple of British Worthies
Materials: Stone
Artists: Peter Scheemakers
Vessel: Golden Hind

Event

Spanish Armada

Event Date

1588

Event Category

1584 - 1604 Conflict between England and Spain

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 28/1/1596
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Memorial formerly at St Nicholas’s Church, Deptford, London commemorating Captain George Shelvocke RN d. 1742

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Transcript

'Here lyeth the body of Captain George Shelvocke descended of an ancient family in Shropshire; but long an inhabitant of this town. He was bred to the sea service, under Admiral Benbow, and served on board of the Royal Navy in the wars of King William and Queen Anne. In the years of our Lord 1719, 20, 21 and 22 he performed a voyage round the globe of the world, which he most wonderfully, and to the great loss of the Spaniards compleated, though in the midst of it he had the misfortune to suffer shipwreck upon the Island of Juan Fernandez on the coast of the Kingdom of Chili. He was a gentleman of great abilities in his profession and allowed to have been one of the bravest and most accomplished seamen of his time. He departed this life in London Nov 30 1742 in the 67 year of his age'

Details

Type: Chest-tomb
Position: Churchyard near east wall

People

Shelvocke, George
Age: 66
Date of Death: 30/11/1742
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Memorial now destroyed. A wall tablet in the chancel commemorates Shelvocke's son George d. 1760 aged 58 who accompanied his father on his circumnavigation.
Bibliography: J. Summerson 'Monuments in St Nicholas Deptford', 'Mariners Mirror' vol. 27, p. 281 (Cambridge,1941); Daniel Lysons 'The Environs of London' vol. iv, p. 364 (London, 1792-6); A.E. Daniell 'London Riverside Churches', p. 309 (London, 1897).

St Nicholas Church, Swafield, Norfolk, England

Memorial plaque in St Nicholas Church, Swafield, Norfolk commemorating James Olifent, Master, d.1808

Location

St Nicholas Church, Swafield, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'In the aisle of this Church / are deposited the remains of / Capt. James Olifent / who Departed this life /
the 11th of April 1808 / Aged 58 years / Tho. Boreas blasts & neptunes waves / Have tos't me too & fro / By God's decree you plainly see / I harbour here below'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Interior South Wall
Materials: Marble

People


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Extra

Notes: Aka James Smith.
Recorder: W. T. Olifent 1982

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet in Falmouth, Cornwall dedicated to Isaac Moorsom d. 1812

Location

Church of King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN ISAAC MOORSOM, / LATE OF HIS MAJESTY'S / PACKET SERVICE AT FALMOUTH: / WHO UNFORTUNATELY LOST HIS LIFE, ON HIS PASSSAGE FROM THE ISLAND OF ST THOMAS / IN THE WEST INDIES / WHILST BRAVELY DEFENDING / THE PRINCESS AMELIA PACKET / UNDER HIS COMMAND / AGAINST AN ENEMY OF MUCH SUPERIOR FORCE / ON THE XV DAY OF SEPTEMBER / MDCCCXII / IN THE FORTY FORTH YEAR OF HIS AGE / DEARLY BELOVED IN LIFE; DEEPLY LAMENTED IN DEATH / HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW CAUSED THIS STONE / TO BE ERECTED / TO THE MEMORY OF HIM SHE LOVED / IN THE HOPE OF MEETING HIM AGAIN / IN THE REGION OF BLISS / THROUGH AN INTEREST IN A / GRACIOUS REDEEMER.

Details

Description: Oval wall tablet on a black base.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Princess Amelia; Rossie

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Moorsom, Isaac
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/09/1812
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Packet captain
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Captain Moorsom was killed in action with a US privateer 'Rossie' which captured his ship 'Princess Amelia'..

St David's Church, Ashprington, Devon, England

Memorial in St David’s Church, Ashprington, Devon commemorating Captain Philemon Pownoll RN d. 1780

Location

St David's Church, Ashprington, Devon, England

Transcript

'In Remembrance of JANE POWNOLL, who died on / the 16th October 1778 Aged 33 years / And / of Captain PHILEMON POWNOLL, who was slain / in fight on 15th June 1780 Aged 45 Years. / This Monument was erected by the Executors at / the desire of their only issue JANE’ // 'Reader / If thy Breath / Has learnt to lament / Departed Merit / Refuse not the Tribute of a Tear / To the Memory / of Captain Pownoll, a Man / Brave without Rashness, / Liberal without Ostentation, / Honest, Open and Sincere. / Preferring the Toils and Perils of the Ocean / When the Voice of his Country / Called for his Services / To / A Life of Ease and Tranquillity / Which / His Affluence would have afforded / He fell / A Victim in her Cause'

Details

Description: Black marble inscriptions with relief carving in white marble of a mourning female in classical dress, with wreath and urn.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Sanctuary south wall
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Apollo

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Pownoll, Philemon
Age: c.45
Date of Death: 15/6/1780
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Killed in action with the American privateer 'Stanislaus’. Grandfather of Captain John Bastard, who has a memorial in the same church.
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS) 1993
Photographer: P. Lacey

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Memorial at St Nicholas’s Church, Deptford commemorating Captain John Turner RN d. 1672

Location

St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England

Transcript

'MS / Prope hunc Parietem / Deposuit Exuvias Carnis Jo. Turner / Armiger Nauis (cui Titulus Eboracum) / Nuper Strategus / Tho: Turner et Eliz: Vxoris eius / vnicae filiae et haeredis Jo: / Holmden Militis filius Natu Secundus / iliBatae [sic] fidelitatis Erga Regem, / Infractus Assecla / Intemerati Erga Parentes obsequij / Ingens Symbolum / Amicis Suada et Lenocinio Calami / Quam Apprime Gratus, / Et in Omnes Alios, facilis et Vrbanus, / Qui cum In Vtroque Bello Batauico / Et Contra Praedones et Algerinos strenuam / Nauaueret Operam, / Causo Correptus, et Eodem Denuo / Confectus et oppressus / Fortissimam Animam, Deo Transmissit, / Denatus 16 Julij Anno / Salutis Reparatae i672. / Aetat 27:' [Translation] 'Sacred to his Memory. Close to this wall are laid the mortal remains of John Turner, Esquire, Captain of H.M.Ship 'York'. He was the second son of Thomas Turner and his wife Elizabeth, only daughter and heiress of Sir John Holmden Knight. Firm in his fidelity to his king, a remarkable model of unfailing respect and obedience to his parents, and greatly endeared to his friends by the exquisite charm of his correspondence, kind and courteous to all, after good and active service in both the Dutch Wars, and against the Algerine pirate, he was seized with sunstroke, and after a severe illness yielded his brave soul into the hands of God, 1672, in the 27th year of his age'

Details

Description: Inscription tablet, formerly in an architectural surround with arms above within a broken pediment.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South wall on east pilaster
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS York

People

Turner, John
Age: 26
Date of Death: 16/7/1672
Cause of Death: Sunstroke
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER
Bibliography: J. Summerson 'Monuments in St Nicholas Deptford', 'Mariners Mirror', vol. 27, p. 287 (Cambridge, 1941).
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)

St Peter's Parish Church, Liverpool, England

Memorial at St Peter’s Parish Church, Liverpool commemorating Captain John Wright d. 1717

Location

St Peter's Parish Church, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Captain John Wright, Mariner died April 1717. He was attacked by two ships of war and gallantly defended himself for many hours but by too great force of men and guns was obliged to yield at last'.

Details

People

Wright, John
Age: 42
Date of Death: 4/1717
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Privateer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol.1, p. 349. See letter of marque dated 1711 for 'Liverpool Merchant' National Archives HCA 26/16/25
Bibliography: Gomer Williams 'History of the Liverpool privateers and letters of marque with an account of the Liverpool slave trade' (Liverpool, London 1897) p. 43.
Recorder: Captain J. P. Brand