Diana versus Caravan and Topaz

By Anthony Steel, published February 1957


The incidents described in this paper relate to Anglo-American disputes about impressment as US trade with Canton was developing. Such voyages, from the US or Europe were long and hazardous and took a toll on experienced white seamen. This paper describes two incidents in 1807 of the attempted impressment by HMS Diana of a French seaman reported to Capt. Pellew, senior officer on the station. The paper reproduces the official reports of both incidents, that for Caravan from both sides, and that for Topaz from Diana’s boarding officer only. Readers can make their own judgements about the facts of the cases.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Press Gangs | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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