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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Lewes
Town
Newhaven
County
East Sussex
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17156
Current location

St Michael's Church
Church Hill/ Second Avenue
Newhaven
Lewes
East Sussex
BN9 9LX
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 44262 01164
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Obelisk
Inscription
SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY/ OF/ CAPTN. 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 S.W/ AT FIVE O'CLOCK A.M. JANRY. 20TH A.D. 1800/ ONE OF THE CREW ONLY SURVIVING/ TO TELL THE MELANCHOLY TALE,./ BY 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 LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF/ THE ADMIRALTY./ "THE WATERS SAW THEE OH GOD" (EAST SIDE) 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,/ HAD DETAINED A FOREIGN VESSEL,/ WHICH WAS PUT UNDER THE CARE OF/ THE MASTERS MATE,/ A MIDSHIPMAN,/ EIGHT SEAMEN, AND TWO MARINES;/ WHO WERE THEREBY SAVED FROM THE FATE OF THEIR/ COMPANIONS./ (NORTH SIDE) THE FRIENDS OF/ CAPTN. HANSON/ CAUSED THIS MONUMENT/ TO BE ERECTED/ AS A MARK OF THEIR ESTEEM/ FROM 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 CAPTN. 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". (WEST SIDE) NAMES OF OFFICERS
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 10
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 10
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,forename
    Order of information: rank
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • MEMORIAL TO CAPTAIN JAMES HANSON AND THE CREW OF HMS BRAZEN
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
New slate tablet added 1835
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • BRITAIN'S MARITIME MEMORIALS & MEMENTOES by SAUNDERS, DAVID 89 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:PATRICK STEPHENS LIMITED 1996 SPARKFORD
  • Historic England Listing - historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1206242 - Accessed 21 September 2016.
  • Navy News March 2011 p.39 Report of annual memorial service

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