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Reference WMO255801

Address:

St Michael's Church graveyard

Church Hill

Newhaven

England

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Obelisk
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: A 3 sectioned obelisk set on a square plinth with columnar corners,pedimented sides and inset, curved topped sections with attached curved topped plaques showing dedication and names in capitalised incised lettering. It stands in on an iron fenced platform in graveyard.
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SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF CAPTAIN JAMES HANSON, THE OFFICERS AND COMPANY OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP BRAZEN WHO WERE WRECKED IN A VIOLENT STORM UNDER THE CLIFF BEARING FROM THIS PLACE SW AT 5 O'CLOCK AM JANUARY 20TH AD 1800, ONE OF THE CREW ONLY SURVIVING TO TELL THE MELANCHOLY TALE IN THIS FATAL EVENT, THE COUNTRY ALAS WAS DEPRIVED OF 105 BRAVE DEFENDERS AT A TIME WHEN IT MOST REQUIRED THEIR ASSISTANCE, THE REMAINS OF MANY OF THEM WERE INTERRED NEAR TO THIS SPOT BY THE DIRECTION OF THE LORD'S COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY. The Waters saw thee O God. THE BRAZEN HAD BEEN ORDERED TO PROTECT THIS PART OF THE COAST FROM THE INSOLENT ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY AND ON THE EVENING PRECEDING THE SAD CATASTROPHE SO DETAINED A FOREIGN VESSEL WHICH WAS PUT UNDER THE CARE OF THE MASTER'S MATE, A MIDSHIPMAN, 8 SEAMEN AND 2 MARINES, WHO WERE THEREBY SAVED FROM THE FATE OF THEIR COMPANIONS. THE FRIENDS OF CAPTAIN HANSON CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED AS A MARK OF THEIR ESTEEM FOR A DESERVING OFFICER AND A VALUABLE FRIEND. IT WAS THE WILL OF HEAVEN TO PRESERVE HIM DURING FOUR YEARS VOYAGE OF DANGER AND DIFFICULTY ROUND THE WORLD ON DISCOVERIES WITH CAPTAIN VANCOUVER IN THE YEARS 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 BUT TO TAKE HIM FROM US WHEN MOST HE THOUGHT HIMSELF SECURE. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.

NAMES OF THE OFFICERS LOST. JAMES HANSON ESQ, COMMANDER; JAMES COOK, JOHN DENBY, LIEUTS; PATRICK VENEBALES, JAMES HANWELL, MIDSHIPMEN; JOHN BRAUGH, PURSER; ROBERT HILL, SURGEON; THOMAS WHITFIELD, BOATSWAIN; ROBERT AALDER YAWRIE, GUNNER; JOHN TEAGUE, CARPENTER

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