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Sunday, September 23, 2012

C0NWAY SHIPLY ESO

This is a post that I had as a page at the side of this blog but I decided to give it more evidence since I came across, recently to some more information about it. It's not a lot and if I get some more, you already know the answer: I'll let you know.
The following monument/memorial stone sits like a landmark at the side of the coastal road that goes form Cascais to Lisbon (a.k.a. Marginal or National Road numb. 6) top honor the death of a British sailor, it seems the only one that died during the skirmishes between the British forces, allied to Portugal, and the French invading forces in 1808, when the “Brits” arrived with their ships and entered Lisbon's harbor against the French troops that had already settled in since November 1807 (1st French invasion).

Memorial of Conway Shiply ESO. Photo  taken by me. (And you can see Honey and Pepper waiting patiently)

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
CONWAY SHIPLY ESO
AGED 25 YEARS

LATE CAPTAIN OF HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S SHIP LA NYMPHE WHO WAS KILLED IN AN ATTEMPT TO CUT ENEMY'S VESSEL OF WAR OUT OF THE TAGUS ON THE 22 APRIL 1808
CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH HUMAN WISDOM COULD NOT FORSEE NOR ANY EXERTION OF COURAGE OBVIATE RENDERED THE ATTACK UNSUCCESSFUL AND CLOSED THE SHORT BUT DISTINGUISHED CAREER OF THE GALLANT LEADER OF IT
REMBERANCE OF HIS COUNTRY IT IS HOPED THE BRAVE AND GOOD OF EVERY NATION WILL VENERATE HIS ASHES AND CONTEMPLATE WITH RESPECT THE LAST MANSION OF A HERO

The event happened where today is Santos, a parish or 2 before the city of Lisbon and enabled the wining forces to move into 2 directions: one into the city of Lisbon and the other one towards the shoal line of the River Tagus and all the fortresses alongside it, regaining it from the occupying French.
The British captain died and his body fell into the river waters, being washed up at a beach in Paço de Arcos. This beach (which today is known as the fishermen's beach of Paço de Arcos) then became famous for being the Beach of the dead Englishman. Unfortunately I don't know it's name before that. In conclusion, this beach had at least 3 names! And this is how it looked like in a map of (…). The fortress and the walls don't exist anymore today.

 Map of Paço de Arcos from 1848, of the Portuguese Geographic Instiute, given during a visit to the hsitoric sites of this town in 2012. You can see at the bottom left the Fort of S. Pedro at the walls that protected the beach and the maritime entrance of the town of Paço de Arcos.

This memorial stone was ordered, I believe so, by the British government (I'm not sure of it's date) and today sits a bit further away from the place where the body of the Captain was found.

 "Praia do Inglês Morto" Beach of the dead Englishman. Very poor photo taken by me from the rooftop of a restaurant in Paço de Arcos. The wall that separates the beach from the river isn't the original one. This one would be turned the other way around, as you can compare to the map above, and therefore, the sand would aslo be positioned differently.

2 comments:

Rui Correia said...

Nice investigation work.

Sara Seydak said...

Obrigada, Rui Correia, embora não tenha sido pesquisa a 100%. Já sempre quis falar sobre o memorial colocado ao lado da marginal, mas foi com um passeio organizado pela C.M. de Oeiras que acabei por aprender mais.
Thankyou, Rui Correia, althought it wasn't 100% research. I've always wanted to talk about the memorial on the coastal road, but it was with a tour organized by the Town Hall of Oeiras that I've learned more about it.