The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

In 1811, as senior captain in the Baltic fleet, Captain Newman Newman was ordered to escort home the 'St George', 98 guns, 'Defence', 74 guns and 'Cressy', 74 guns. In a gale off Jutland, his ship, 'Hero', went aground and was lost with Newman-Newman and all but 12 of her ship's company. A similar fate befell the 'St George' and the 'Cressy'. It was the greatest shipwreck disaster ever on the west-coast of Jutland and a serious loss for Royal Navy. The disaster made a deep impression on the people of that time and has never been forgotten.125 years after the event, the Danish press took the initiative to raise a memorial stone which was unveiled at a ceremony in 1937. It stands on the Thorsminde tongue facing the position where the 'St George' was wrecked.

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  • Title: Ring
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1806/1815
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 2.2 cm, Width: 2.2 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs G. H. Goodman
  • Medium: Gold, enamelled and engraved

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