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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th May 1960 Born today: Adrian Paul, London England, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander)
29th May 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
29th May 1911 W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, dies in his lake at Grims Dyke trying to save a girl.
Joseph-Rene Bellot's Obelisk
This is the obelisk to the French Arctic Explorer.
Location: Riverside Walk, Greenwich, London
Description: This obelisk designed by Phillip Hardwick was erected in 1855 in memorial to the French Arctic Explorer and Lieutenant of the French Navy, Bellot who perished under the ice. It happened in the Wellington Channel in August 1853 while carrying despatches from Beechey Island to Sir Edward Belcher's squadron, then searching for the lost 1845 Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin.
The intrepid explorer has a street named after him nearby, and his expeditions brought him much recognition that 2000 was raised after his death (500 for this obelisk, and 1500 for his sisters).
There is even a crater on the moon named after him.
The Obelisk is pictured beautifully in the picture by George Chambers, note that one of the ships flies the French flag, which is undoubtedly a reference to Bellot.
Tagged in this Tour: Great London Explorers Tour