|HMS Orion 1787.|
Firing of 18 pound gun, with a 'powder monkey' on left.
Artist: Louis-Phillippe Crepin (1772-1851)
She gave birth to two daughters. After five years on HMS Orion, the government granted her a small annual pension of £10 in recognition of her services. She was one of only four women serving on the naval ships during the Napoleonic Wars to be given a pension. She returned home to Exmouth. Her first husband drowned in 1802, and she subsequently married a ship's pilot, John Perriam, who died in 1812. For the rest of her life until she was in her 80’s, she sold fish on the streets of Exmouth, only giving up when she became too ill to continue. She sadly died in poverty her late nineties, but by then was so famous that the press of the day dubbed her the ‘warrior woman.’ There is a memorial to her at the Powder Monkey pub, named in her honour, in Exmouth, Devon.
Battle of the Nile.
Artist George Arnald (1763-1841)
National Maritime Museum, UK
Torquay in 1811
Torre Abbey Museum
Photographer: Phillippe Bourjon
‘Mrs Griffiths to whose extraordinary powers of research English marine biology almost owes its existence and who survived to an age, long beyond the natural term of man to see, in her cheerful and honoured old age, that knowledge become popular and general which she pursued for many a year unassisted and alone.’Anne and Amelia, I salute you both!