Gourdon Harbour Barometer.

The barometer is housed in a granite memorial with steel railings around it.

Text on the bottom of the metal case reads "To the seafaring men of Gourdon A.D. 1871".

Text on the barometer reads "Admiral Fitzroy's Prize Medal Barometer".

Text on the top of the metal case reads "Given by James Farquhar Esquire of Hallgreen".

A marble plaque under the barometer and below a coat of arms reads:  "In memory of William Farquhar Lieut R.N. lost in the wreck of H.M. ship Racehorse off the coast of Shantung Gulf of Pechili China on the 4th Nov 1864 in his 24th year"  "Faithful onto death".

The steam driven naval gunboat 'HMS Racecourse' was wrecked at 8.30pm of the evening of the 4th November 1864 in the Bay of Lung-mun, approximately 12 miles east of Chofooo (modern Yantai), China.  99 lives were lost including Lieutenant William Farquhar.  Only nine of her crew were saved - three officers including the captain, and six men.

To find out more visit http://www.pdavis.nl/Racehorse.php

Farquhar coat of arms Gourdon Harbour Barometer. (S. Bruce 17 Jan 2012).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farquhar coat of arms Gourdon Harbour Barometer. (S. Bruce 17 Jan 2012).

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