The Minerva in the Mediterranean

By W.E. May, published May 1966


An account of a court-martial brought against most of the officers of HMS Minerva and including the purser, the boatswain, a master’s mate and a midshipman, by the second lieutenant, who become insane and was suspended from duty in 1773. Against the surgeon’s advice he was brought back aboard sometime in 1773 and restored to duty in January of 1774. What followed was a litany of minor debacles, most of which could have been avoided by a stronger captain.   No severe punishments were handed out, but the record provides an interesting view of the shipboard society of this 18th century frigate.

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Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

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