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Henry Honychurch Gorringe

Henry Honychurch Gorringe: The man they sent to bring back "Cleopatra's Needle" which still stands right where he placed it in 1881: Greywacke Knoll, in NYC's Central Park. He is buried in Rockland County's Rockland Cemetery and right on the crest of the Palisades of the Hudson River. When he died, his friends erected this obelisk upon his grave. Birth: Aug. 11, 1841, Barbados Death: Jul. 7, 1885 New York New York County New York, USA United States Naval Officer. Son of Anglican clergyman, he came to the United States at an early age, and entered the merchant-marine. In July 1862 he enlisted in the Union Navy as able-bodied seaman, and was attached to the Mississippi squadron three months later. By 1865 had risen through successive promotions for gallantry to the rank of Acting-Volunteer Lieutenant. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander on December 18, 1868, and from 1869 until 1871 commanded the South Atlantic Squadron's sloop "USS Portsmouth". He was engaged in the hydrographic office in Washington, D. C., from 1872 to 1876, when he was sent in "USS Gettysburg" on special service to the Mediterranean, where he remained until 1878, all the while contributing letters to the New York "Nation". He came to fame in 1880 by his work in dismouting, packing, transporting and erecting the Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" that had been offered to the US by the Egyptian Khedive Ismail in 1879 at the opening of the Suez Canal. On October 16, 1879, with the assistance of 100 Arabs, he rigged the obelisk into the hold of the steamer "Dessoug". It arrived in New York on July 20, 1880. It took 5 months to rig it from the water to Central Park where it arrived on January 22, 1881. The monument over his grave is an exact scale model of the obelisk that he transported from Egypt. He died of injuries sustained while hopping a moving train in a Philadelphia station. In 1885 he published a "History of Egyptian Obelisks". Here's a sister link to the bookend obelisk to Central Park's Cleopatra'a Needle: http://www.zyra.org.uk/cleo.htm obelisks. Enjoy "the knowledge"! To best view this gallery, double-click on the first photo (below)
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Grave of Henry Honychurch Gorringe
Grave of Henry Honychurch Gorringe
Lt. Cmdr.Henry Honychurch Gorringe, USN (ret.)
Lt. Cmdr.Henry Honychurch Gorringe, USN (ret.)
GorringeBornBarbadoes.jpg
GorringeBornBarbadoes.jpg
GorringeBronzeprofie03.jpg
GorringeBronzeprofie03.jpg
GorringeBronzeTrestle.jpg
GorringeBronzeTrestle.jpg
GorringeEpitaph.jpg
GorringeEpitaph.jpg
Cleopatra's Needle (New York's) in Alexandria 1860
Cleopatra's Needle (New York's) in Alexandria 1860
New York City's Cleopatra's Needle in Alexandria 1861
New York City's Cleopatra's Needle in Alexandria 1861
S.S.Dessoug
S.S.Dessoug
Cleopatra's Needle on railroad tracks, starting it's climb from the Hudson River
Cleopatra's Needle on railroad tracks, starting it's climb from the Hudson River
Gorringe's Trestle
Gorringe's Trestle
Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park
Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park
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