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Benjamin Drawwater


Benjamin Drawwater, one of two surgeon’s mates to Surgeon James Patten on Cook’s Second Voyage, died in 1815 and was buried at St Mary’s Church, Greasley, Nottinghamshire.1

The inscription on his grave reads,

Here lies interred the mortal remains of BENJ. DRAWWATER, gentleman of Mansfield, late of Eastwood who suddenly departed this life on the 2nd. of June 1815, in the 68th year of his age. In his professional duty he had accompanied the great circumnavigator Cook in the years 1772 – 1776. His virtues were commendable and exemplary and were highly esteemed by friends and relations and his surviving family. He was a pious and good Christian. He lived respected and died lamented.


Ian Boreham



1. Cook’s Log, page 48, vol. 30, no. 2 (2007).


Greasley church and Benjamin Drawwater’s tomb


A plaque at the entrance to Greasley church explains how to find Benjamin Drawwater’s tomb and some other gravestones


Benjamin Drawwater’s tomb and plaques


Plaques in front of Benjamin Drawwater’s tomb


Inscription in front of Benjamin Drawwater’s tomb

Originally published in Cook's Log, page 27, volume 40, number 1 (2017).

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