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07-May-2016
07-May-2016

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The headstone over the grave, erected by officers and men of the fleet, commemorates seaman Robert Johnson who drowned in Jervis Bay in 1892. 

H.M.S. ORLANDO.—FATAL ACCIDENT.  
The flagship yesterday returned to her moorings in Farm Cove. She has been away several days at Jervis Bay for target practice, and while there a fatal accident occurred. On Friday last, between 3 and 4 p.m., while one of the ship's boats was proceeding from the shore to the ship, a heavy sea running at the time swamped her. All the occupants, with one exception, were picked up. An ordinary seaman, named C. Johnson, a native of Yorkshire, sank, and was not seen again. An attempt was made with grappling-irons to find the body, but without success, owing to the heavy range in the bay. 
Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 1892.

Location

Address:Bowen Street, Walkway near White Sands Tourist Park, Huskisson , 2540
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.042906
Long: 150.676342
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:15-April-1892
Actual Event End Date:15-April-1892

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1900
Front Inscription

Sacred to the memory of Robert Johnson

Seaman of H.M.S. Orlando

Drowned 15th April 1892
Aged 19 Years

Erected by Officers and men of the Fleet

1900

Source: MA
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