The Mutiny of the Nereide

By Christopher Lloyd, published August 1968


Towards the end of August 1808 the company of the Nereide, a 36-gun frigate cruising the Indian Ocean, mutinied. Initiated in response to the oppressive and violent temperament of Captain Robert Corbet, who was perceived to be abusing the Articles of War, the mutiny was eventually suppressed by Corbet’s threat of shooting the mutineers if they did not obey. This article accordingly examines the level of cruelty that could lurk on board the vessels of the Royal Navy.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Mutiny & Discipline | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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