HMS Chesapeake Memorial


Photography is a great way to meet new friends, that why I hold several free photo walks each year where I travel too.

This image of the HMS Chesapeake Memorial I took on one of my English photowalks in Southsea, near Portsmouth.

This memorial is dedicated to those from HMS Chesapeake who died during the Indian Mutiny and Battle of the Taku Forts, China.

Monument. 1862. By TJ Willis and SJ Nichol. Granite, stone, and bronze. Polished granite column set on the square sandstone base and corniced pedestal, foliated stone capital surmounted by the bronze tripod and naval crown.

Base of the column has bronze relief, scroll band and dolphin heads at corner. Monument commemorates “Their comrades who fell in battle or died from disease and accident during an eventful commission (of HMS Chesapeake of 4 years [1857-61])”. It bears several inscriptions; a list of those killed and those who died of wounds in the attack on the Taku Fort, China, June 25th 1859; the members of the crew and marines who died during the commission; a bronze relief showing seamen and marines landing to assault the Taku forts, and place names Peiho, Peking, Jeddah and Calcutta and India 1857-58, Arabia 1859-59, and China 1859-60-61. (Berridge DW: Monuments and Memorials in the City of Portsmouth: 1984-: 5).

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