Author Results for Edgar K. Thompson

Yankee Admiral Under the Chilean Flag

By Edgar K. Thompson

Rear Admiral Charles W. Wooster (1700-1848) ran away to sea at the age of 11 and served in the American merchant service.  At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he was given command of a privateer and proved himself in battle.  During the South American wars of independence Chile proclaimed its own independence in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: HMS Blazer

By Edgar K. Thompson

The origin of the term ‘blazer’ is explained, and traced to the brilliant scarlet uniform of the Lady Margaret Boat Club of St John’s College, Cambridge.  As applied to men of war, the names Blazer, like Boxer and Bruiser,Dasher and Driver, were named after a pack of hounds of a First Sea Lord who had a […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Tale of the Nancy Brig

By Edgar K. Thompson

The Nancy was an American vessel ostensibly engaged in trade between Baltimore and Curacao when she was hailed by a Royal Navy cutter, the Sparrow, in August 1799. Papers thrown overboard by the Nancy’s captain were recovered a few days later from the belly of a shark caught from another Navy vessel, the Ferret. These […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | French Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

A Strange Case in Admiralty

By Edgar K. Thompson

Between 1713 and 1719 it is estimated that 1500 pirates operated off South Carolina, the southernmost British province in the Americas. The paper describes the action taken by Governor Johnson of South Carolina in response to a blockade of Charlestown by a notorious pirate, resulting in the capture of two pirate ships and their original […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: Sea Fare of Seafarers

By Edgar K. Thompson

All allowance in lieu of short rations is made to the crew of a slaver where better rations were issued to the cargo then to the crew. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Saga of a Mutineer

By Edgar K. Thompson

The notorious mutiny aboard HMS Hermione in 1797 was followed by a relentless pursuit of those responsible for killing the officers and handing the ship over to the Spanish. In 1799 a Jonathan Robbins was arrested in South Carolina, accused of being Thomas Nash, one of the principal mutineers. Robbins was eventually extradited under the […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Mutiny & Discipline | Caribbean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note: Naval Punishments, 1838

By Edgar K. Thompson

When flogging was abolished in the United States Navy, captains exercised ingenuity in devising forms of punishment for drunkenness and other offences committed aboard ship. Some of these punishments were illegal and even sadistic but they achieved the desired effect. This Note describes the punishments in lieu of flogging that were introduced by Commander Uriah […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Note: Gun Names

By Edgar K. Thompson

During the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, it was the custom in some ships of the United States Navy for sailors to give names or nicknames to the guns they served. The name applied to the gun and its partner opposite which would indicate that the entire battery was named. The guns of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Weapons