Memorial: M1291

Cenotaph at Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada commemorating John Ames, RN, d. 1853

Location

Cenotaph, Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada, Rest of the World

Transcript

‘Sacred / TO THE MEMORY OF / JOHN AMES, A.B., / WHO DIED ON BOARD / H.M.S. INVESTIGATOR, AT BARING ISLAND, / APRIL 11TH, 1853, /
AGED 29 YEARS'

Details

Description: Lead plate fixed to an octagonal wooden memorial surmounted by a ball
Vessel: HMS Investigator

People

Ames, John
Age: c. 33
Date of Death: 9/4/1853
Cause of Death: Scurvy
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman & Sick Bay Attendant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died 9 April 1853, Mercy Bay, Banks Island. Transcript in account of Belcher expedition 1852-4. 'Inscriptions on the cenotaph in Beechey Island’.


Bibliography: Sir Edward Belcher 'The Last of the Arctic Voyages: being an narrative of the expedition in HMS Assistance under the command of Sir Edward Belcher, CB, in search of Sir John Franklin, during the years 1852-53-54' (London, 1855). 'Further papers relative to the recent Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin and the crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror' (HMSO, 1855) p. 63.

Glenn M Stein 'Discovery of the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of HMS Investigator and the McClure Expedition (Jefferson 2015).