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Midshipman's Memorial - Isle of Cumbrae

 
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jamiemcginlay



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:14 pm    Post subject: Midshipman's Memorial - Isle of Cumbrae Reply with quote

Location: At Tomont End at the North side of the B896 on the NW tip of the Island of Greater Cumbrae (Just North of the Car Ferry slipway).

Description: A sandstone Obelisk commemorating the loss of Midshipmen Chalres D. Cayley and William N. Jewell of H.M.S. Shearwater on the 17th May 1844

Condition: Is reasonable for a sandstone monument considering the exposed location. The letters of the inscription were are painted in gold, which has weathered.
Inscription reads:
IN MEMORY OF
MR. CHARLES D. CAYLEY
AGED 17 YEARS
AND
MR. WILLIAM N. JEWELL
AGED 19 YEARS
MIDSHIPMEN OF
H.M.S. SHEARWATER
TWO PROMISING YOUNG
OFFICERS DROWNED BY
THE UPSETTING OF THEIR
BOAT NEAR THIS PLACE
17TH MAY 1844
THIS MONUMENT IS
ERECTED
IN TOKEN OF THEIR WORTH
BY
CAPTAIN ROBINSON
AND
OFFICERS
OF THE ABOVE VESSEL


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:00 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 72855
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From http://www.naheritagetrails.co.uk/heritagetrails_cumbrae_hmsshearwater.php

In the summer of 1844 Shearwater under the command of Commander Charles Gepp Robinson was surveying the west coast of Scotland. By mid May they had reached Largs Bay and on the afternoon of Friday 17th was at anchor.
Two young midshipman friends from the Shearwater, Charles Cayley and William Jewell, borrowed a small sailing boat to amuse themselves. They were out near the north end of Cumbrae when a strong north-east wind caught them and drove their boat bow-first under the waves taking the boys with it.
This was observed by the crew of another Government steamer in the bay called Vulcan which, having its steam up, went to the rescue. Unfortunately all they could recover were the boys' caps. There was a thorough search for their bodies but they could not be found.

H M S Shearwater was a wooden paddle steamer Royal Navy surveying ship with a displacement of 328 tons. She was constructed in Harwich in 1827 and launched as a Post Office Steam Packet called Dolphin. In 1837 she was acquired by the Royal Navy and commissioned in 1840 at Liverpool as Shearwater. After surveying the coasts of Wales and Scotland she was sold off in 1857.
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