Admiral Benbow

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Reference WMO254629

Address:

St Mary's church

St Mary's Street

Shrewsbury

SY1 1DX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Spanish Succession (1701-1714)
About the memorial: at the top is a black shaped stone against which is set white marble? carving of a draped sail with a bewigged head and shoulders of the admiral and a cannon mouth with some cannonballs. Below and inside a pediment with two pillars flanking is a three masted sailing man of war vessel in battle followed by a plinth with inscription and supported on two white stone brackets. The battle of Cartagena took place off the coast of Columbia and on the night of 24th August 1702 Benbow engaged one of the enemy ships alone and had his right leg wrecked by a chain shot, returning to the quarterdeck as soon as it could be dressed. His leg was amputated but a fever developed and he died on 4th November.
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Erected by public subscription to commemorate the services of/ John Benbow Esqre Vice Admiral of the Blue/ a skilful and daring seaman/ whose heroic exploits long rendered him the boast of the British Navy/ and still point him out as the Nelson of his times. He was born at Coton Hill in this parish and died at Kingston in Jamaica/ November 4th 1702 aged 51 years, of wounds received in his memorable action/ with a French squadron off Carthagena in the West Indies/ fought on the 19th and five following days of August in that year

John Benbow

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