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Admiral John Benbow

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Tombstone in floor of St. Thomas Church, Kingston,
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"HERE LYETH INTERRED THE

BODY OF JOHN BENBOW,

ESQ, ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE

A TRUE PATTERN OF ENGLISH COURAGE,

WHO LOST HIS LIFE

IN DEFENCE OF HIS QUEENE

& COUNTRY NOVEMBER Ye 4

1702, IN THE 52nd YEAR OF

HIS AGE, BY A WOUND IN HIS LEGG

RECEIVED IN AN ENGAGEMENT

WITH MONSr DU CASSE BEING

MUCH LAMENTED."

Bust of Admiral Benbow
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BENBOW

North fašade of Pepys Building Royal Naval College
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Busts, head and shoulders, within decorated roundels, of British admirals in uniforms of their period. Each roundel consists of a plain outer moulding with inner circular wreath (laurel?) topped by single rose motif. The base has an inscription panel with each admiral's surname. The innermost moulding is rimmed by a rope. All are in very high relief. Each head is either more or less face on or at a three quarter turn to the left or right. They run along the top of the north facade of the building facing the river. From left to right (east to west): Anson, Drake, Cook (these first three on east pavilion), Howard, Blake, Benbow, Sandwich (over door), Rodney, Duncan, Collingwood, Howe, Nelson, St Vincent

Memorial to Admiral Benbow
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St. Mary's Shrewsbury
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"ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION TO COMMEMORATE THE SERVICES OF

JOHN BENBOW ESQ 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"

Ship's figrue head, Portsmouth Royal Navy Dockyard
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Figurehead of H.M.S. Benbow: Rotherhithe 1813
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Famous Men of Shrewsbury exhibition
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contact: bpbenbow@hotmail.com

Katherine D. Benbow's website

National Maritime Museum