Privateers off the Needles 1745

By John Marsh, published November 1978


This is an account of the capture of HM Sloop Mediator, Captain Lieutenant Hamilton, in May 1745 by a French privateer snow, using evidence from the Court Martial of David Coulton, Master of the Mediator in September 1745. Details are given of the encounter and there is discussion of reasons why Hamilton escaped censure while Coulton was disrated and disgraced.

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Filed under: Austrian Succession | English Channel
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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