Memorial: M3886

Obelisk dedicated to the memory of Captain John Shaw Haven d. 1778, in Shirehampton, Bristol.


St Mary's Church, Shirehampton, Bristol, England


'Sacred to the memory of John Shaw Haven Master of Hungroad, Port of Bristol and formerly captain of the LION Privateer of 44 guns and 168 men which on the night of the 6th of December 1778 engaged L'ORIENT, French Man of War of 74 guns and 800 men, the scene of action was the Bay of Biscay where after 2 hours close engagement the enemy was beaten off with the loss of 137 killed and 244 wounded, the Lion had 22 killed and 19 wounded, this gallant commander died December 20 1796 Aged 80 years'


Type: Obelisk
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Lion


Shaw, John
Date of Death: 20/12/1796
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master


Bibliography: J.W. Damer Powell 'Bristol Privateers and Ships of War' (Bristol 1930) p. 248.