The Marooning of Robert Jeffery
Robert Jeffery was eighteen years old on the 11th December, 1807. He was regarded in the Recruit as a skulker, and, moreover, he had been flogged in November for stealing a bottle of rum out of the gunner’s cabin. Her captain came on deck at this time and, addressing Spencer, the Master, said, “Have we not some thieves on board”? That officer replied, “Yes, there are two who have been guilty of theft.” The captain then said, “Send up Jeffery here. I will not keep such a fellow in my ship”.