‘Now is Our Time, the Ship is Our Own, Huzza for the Red Flag’: Mutiny on the Inspector, 1797

By Ann Hawkins and Helen Watt, published May 2007


Using newly discovered material from the National Archives, the authors detail events aboard the sloop Inspector (16) as well as more central issues surrounding the Nore mutiny. Ship’s captain, Charles Lock’s report is examined; this covers the period from 27 May, when Inspector arrived at Yarmouth, through her mutiny, from 30 May, when she was also sailed to the Nore to join other protesters, and ends on June 13 when he was escorted off the ship. A letter describing the outbreak from Inspector‘s first lieutenant is also quoted, as well as the crew’s petition requesting clemency of June 13. Lock’s report contains much unique information, including details of an incident where he was threatened with hanging, and is compared with the master’s log, presumably compiled by one not wishing to emphasise rebellious behaviour. Origins and methods of entry of the mutineers are discussed, (these include the high proportion of marines taking part in the rebellion). Excerpts are given of both Lock’s and Lieutenant France’s reports throughout, in addition to a listing of ships involved in the Nore mutiny.

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Filed under: North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | French Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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