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Prince Lee Boo's tomb St Mary the Virgin Rotherhithe

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Alan Patient of

Memorial: Prince Lee Boo's tomb


{Inscription on the top of the tomb:}
To the memory of Prince Lee Boo, a native of the Pelew or Palos Islands and son to Abbe {sic} Thulle, rurack or king of the island Coorooraa who departed this life on the 27 December 1784 aged 20 years. This stone is inscribed by the Honourable United East India Company as a testimony of esteem for the humane and kind treatment afforded by his father to the crew of their ship The Antelope, Capt Wilson, which was wrecked off that island on the night of the 9th August 1783.
Stop reader. Stop. Let nature claim a tear, a prince of mine, Lee Boo, lies buried here. 

A plaque inside St Mary's church also commemorates the prince.

October 2014: We were contacted by someone saying "... the majority of your palauan gramar and spelling is way off. You misspelled our king (high chief) Ibedul's name. we are very offended by that.....".  We wrote back explaining that it was not our translation and requesting that they provide the correct text.  Once it arrives we will happily publish it.

2021: Dr Chrystopher Spicer kindly wrote to say "Your correspondent was right. The names are not correct, but that may have been due to either Victorian era phonetic spelling or worn lettering on the tomb. Abba Thulle, the ruler (ibedul) of Koror, the most populous island of the Palau Island group (now the Republic of Palau), allowed his second son, Prince Lee Boo, to travel back to England with the men of the East India ship Antelope to learn more about Europeans, after they had spent three months on the Island building a replacement ship after the wreck of the Antelope on Oroolong. However, the Prince died of smallpox at the end of 1784 before he could return. Prince Lee Boo was thus one of the first people from the Pacific Islands to visit England."

Site: St Mary the Virgin Rotherhithe (4 memorials)

SE16, St Marychurch Street, St Mary the Virgin Church

The Christopher Jones statue is on the left of the picture, and Prince Lee Boo's tomb in the centre (next to the rather incongruous children's climbing frame).

Our information comes from St Marys Rotherhithe's website.

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Prince Lee Boo

Second son of Abba Thulle, ruler of Coorooraa in the Pelew Islands. He was br...

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Abba Thulle

Ruler of Coorooraa in the Pelew Islands (Modern day Palau). His title is vari...

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Henry Wilson (Capt)

Sea captain. He was commander of the packet ship The Antelope, which was part...

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East India Company

Formed as a trading company but went on to effectively rule India, on behalf ...

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Prince Lee Boo's tomb

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Christopher Jones statue

The statue represents Jones looking back at England, while the child is looki...

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St Mary's Church Tower

This tower, being in imminent danger of ruin owing to the weakness of the fou...

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The Sailing of the Mayflower

Sailing of the Mayflower. In 1620 the Mayflower sailed from Rotherhithe on t...

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