Captain William McCleverty
In 1740, Commodore Anson of the Royal Navy led a voyage to a ack Spanish possessions in South America. The squadron returned almost four years later with its flagship, HMS Centurion, a er having circumnavigated the globe. Of the 1,900 men that set sail, most died from scurvy and less than 500 returned - William McCleverty among the fortunate. A native of County Antrim, McCleverty was involved with ’recruiting’ for the Royal Navy through impressment (or ‘Press Gangs’) by the 1770s. McCleverty was in Waterford for this reason when he died in 1779. The monument features a carving of HMS Centurion and a globe.