Captain Robert Faulknor RN

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Reference WMO/275778


St Paul's Cathedral

Ludgate Hill




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Group sculpture
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: In the North Transept, centre aisle, a marble free-standing monument with three over-lifesize figures: a dying man being supported by a semi-naked bearded man and an angel holding out a laurel wreath. On the left, a young man, half-naked and wearing classical drapery and sandals, and armed with a shield and hammer is falling backward on to a rock. He is being supported, in the centre, by a semi-naked well-built man with a beard (Neptune) who holds a trident and has turned his bulk around to face the dying man. On the right, a female angel striding forward with a palm branch in her left hand and a drape over her right arm, holds a laurel wreath over the hero. In the centre, beneath the figures, is a large fish and below this a high podium with the memorial inscription on its projecting face.
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'This monument was erected / by the British Parliament/to commemorate the gallant conduct / of Captain ROBERT FAULKNOR / who on the 5 January 1795 / in the thirty second year of his age / and in the moment of Victory / was killed on board the Blanche frigate / while he was engaging La Pique a French frigate / of superior force. / The circumstances of determined Bravery that distinguished this action / which lasted five hours deserve to be recorded / Captain Faulknor observing the great superiority of the enemy / watched an opportunity of the bowsprit of La Pique coming athwart the Blanche and with his own hands lashed it to the capstern / and thus converted the whole stern of the Blanche into one battery / but unfortunately soon after this bold and daring manoeuvre / he was shot through the heart'

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