Christopher Gunman and the Wreck of the Gloucester Part II
In 1682, when the frigate Gloucester carrying the Duke of York was wrecked off the Norfolk coast, the royal yacht Mary, captained by Christopher Gunman, rescued the Duke and 26 of the crew. Yet Gunman was court-martialled on the grounds that the Mary, on the lee bow of the Gloucester, had failed to fire a gun to warn of shallow waters. He was found guilty and dismissed the service, but within a week the Duke intervened and this verdict was quashed. From Gunman’s papers, a lengthy justification of his own conduct and his criticism of the court procedures are quoted.