The Mutiny of the Chesterfield
The 44 gun ship the Chesterfield anchored off Cape Coast Castle on 8 October 1748. While the captain and officers were dining ashore, the first lieutenant Samuel Couchman and the lieutenant of marines seized the ship with the intention of turning pirate. After a few days the ship’s company re-captured the ship and the two officers were court martialled and shot. Commander May discusses the reasons for this officer led mutiny and the behaviour and repercussions for the crew.