The Transmigrations of the Cutter Jackal

By G.A. Rutherford, published August 1946


This is an intriguing account of how the cutter Jackal, 10 guns and 60 men, was taken by a mutinous crew to France and sold into Foreign Service. In 1799 the Jackal was waiting in the Downs to form part of a small squadron ordered to cruise off the Texel to intercept enemy ships. Short of crew, many of whom were of poor quality disobedient, openly mutinous impressed men, the mutineer’s opportunity came when the master and captain were both ashore, leaving the ship in the charge of a midshipman. By the use of fear and brutality the mutineers forced the loyal crew into captivity below decks and sailed for France, whereupon the ship was sold to become a Privateer. During further lucrative active service she was eventually recaptured. Some mutineers were tracked down, finally brought to justice and executed.

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Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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