The Anson-Squadron Narratives: a Modern View

By Priscilla A. Zirker, published November 1965


This article follows events consequent upon the shipwreck of Anson’s supply ship Wager. The article uses the account of Richard Walter, Anson’s chaplain, to set the background. It contrasts the different accounts as the majority of the crew separated from the Captain’s party to find a different route home. This article endeavours to draw out what the accounts tell us about the perspective of an officer, Midshipman Byron, writing much later to justify his past contrasted with two warrant officers, the gunner Bulkeley and the carpenter Cummin, who used contemporary accounts but with an eye on the legal judgments that were being faced.

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Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Science & Exploration

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