Memorial: M2011

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


St Nicholas's Church, Deptford, London, England


'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'


Type: Chest-tomb
Position: Churchyard near east wall


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


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).