Benjamin Hallowell

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Benjamin Hallowell was probably born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1761, however there are no records to confirm his birth. Both of his parents were Loyalists, as such they fled to Halifax, Nova Scotia at the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. In July of 1776, the family moved to England.

He was educated in England joining the Royal Navy as a lieutenant in 1781. His naval career spanned the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was one of the select group of officers referred by Lord Nelson as his “Band of Brothers”.

What you may not know about Benjamin Hallowell Carew is that in 1798 he engaged with French flagship L’Orient playing a major role in the ships destruction. Taking parts of the ship and the mainmast he ordered a coffin to be made. He sent that coffin to Lord Nelson. Nelson was so please he kept it propped against the wall of his cabin, when he died in 1805, he was buried in the coffin Carew had given him.

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, James Dray well, who was luckier than Lord Nelson.... everyone should have a custom made coffin!!

May 26, 2019 04:23 AM #1
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

Waste not, want not.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 26, 2019 04:51 AM #2
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Donald Urschalitz
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Well that was an amazing story, I can't believe he help on to that all those years.

May 26, 2019 05:18 AM #3
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Good morning, James --- having your own custom built coffin - it's not something I have ever considered or  yearned.  Interesting. 

May 26, 2019 06:00 AM #4
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Well...to some that would be a welcome present ...for when you are not present.

May 26, 2019 06:18 AM #5
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Good morning James. Interesting story to start my day! And, of course, who knew? Enjoy your day!

May 26, 2019 06:45 AM #6
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Good morning James - very interesting story but also a little cryptic.

May 26, 2019 06:46 AM #7
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This one is really different even for you. I did enjoy thje story though.

May 26, 2019 06:59 AM #8
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Brian England
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Hmm, I am sure that if I sent someone a coffin, they would not be pleased with my gift, haha.

May 26, 2019 07:06 AM #9
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Interesting story James on this Navy guy.  You always come up with great information on people here in the rain.

 

May 26, 2019 07:29 AM #10
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 The perfect gift idea for Lord Nelson.  I guess we know now what to give the person who has everything, James Dray 

May 26, 2019 07:32 AM #11
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James,

This post offers up a batch of interesting possibilies and crazy funny thoughts..A

May 26, 2019 07:47 AM #12
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Hi James- I don't suppose this gift could be returned!!! Just kidding. 

May 26, 2019 02:08 PM #13
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I bet he never would've imagined that the coffin he sent Lord Nelson would actually be used. 

May 26, 2019 06:37 PM #14
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Hi James.  Thanks for sharing this interesting and entertaining bit of history.  Not sure how I would feel if someone sent me a coffin.

May 26, 2019 07:31 PM #15
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James, many thoughts flashed through my mind reading  this post... the one I would share here is that I lived in Boston, MA for ten plus years and had no idea or ever heard of this man... Endre

May 26, 2019 10:10 PM #16
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Very interesting post, a coffin for a gift hmmm not so sure that would be on my list of gift items to give or to receive. 

 

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