Captain William Bayne, Captain William Blair, Captain Robert Manners (Battle of the Saints)

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Reference WMO/275124

Address:

Westminster Abbey

Broad Sanctuary

Westminster

London

SW1P £PA

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Figure sculpture
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • American Revolution (1776-1783)
About the memorial: Monument in Westminster Abbey commemorating naval captains – William Bayne, William Blair and Robert Manners RN d. 1782. Rostral column hung with oval portraits of the three captains by a cherub. Victory with wings and a wreath stands on top. At the base of the column are Britannia with the British lion and Neptune with a seahorse; flags behind. The inscription on the base is flanked to left with a relief of anchors and navigational instruments and to right with a relief of a rudder, gun, mortar and compass. Paid for by the Treasury, cost £4,000. Completed in 1793. All three captains buried at sea. Drawing in the V&A E4379-1920.
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'CAPTAIN WILLIAM BAYNE / CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLAIR / CAPTAIN ROBERT MANNERS / WERE MORTALLY WOUNDED / IN THE COURSE OF THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS / UNDER THE COMMAND OF ADMIRAL SIR BRIDGES RODNEY / ON THE IXTH AND THE XIITH OF APRIL MDLCLXXXII / IN MEMORY OF THEIR SERVICE / THE KING AND PARLIAMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN / HAVE CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED' [Round oval portraits] 'LORD ROBERT MANNERS AGED 24', 'CAPT WILLIAM BAYNE AGED 30', 'CAPTAIN WILLIAM BLAIR AGED 41'

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