Saturday, July 19, 2008

Our Ancestors On Navy Ships?-1700-??

There are many kinds of navy ships the Schooners, Brig, Frigates, Sloops and Gun-boats. I will be talking about these ships and more. This page will not only be about ships, but about a few of the men on them. Although This site is all about surnames, those of you who been to my site before know I always put the surname in some kind of historical back ground. There are a lot of family’s looking for the names of the ships their ancestors sailed on. Now I may not name the ship your looking for, but by reading this page you will learn what life was like on these ships.

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The loss of the schooner William. Yeaton.

In 1818, Joseph Forrest, put in a claim into the navy, it seems that in May of 1812, he chartered his vessel to the United States to carry flour to Laguayra as part of relief from an earthquake. When they arrived they were told they could not unload, until the town was occupied by the Spanish Army. When the army arrived the ship was taken as a prize. As it was near the time of the war with England, the port was under an embargo. The ship was found not to have all her papers. The ship was sold at auction for $1,025, Spanish dollars. His claim was not granted.

The loss of the schooner Penelope.

In 1821, Alvin Bronson, of New York, the owner of the schooner Penelope had a claim in naval affairs, in which it states that; Captain Melancthon T. Woolsey of the United States Navy, was employed during the late war to transport gun and other equipment for the navy, from Oswego to Sackett’s harbor. The schooner was order loader by Captain Woolsey, and give orders to a midshipman, along with seamen to take charge of her, and in case the enemy should succeed in taking over the fort at Oswego, they were to sink her with her cargo. The order was executed; but, as the persons engaged were not well acquainted with the harbor, that they sink her in water so shallow, that the enemy upon leaving Oswego, was able to raise her and took her away on May 6, 1814.

The Schooner Liberty.
August 19, 1778.

That it appears to the Committee, that the said John Harper and his Sons Joseph and John, of the State of Virginia, and Peter Kirwin, of the State of Maryland, were owners of the Schooner called Liberty in the said Memorial mentioned; that the said Schooner commanded by a certain Middleton Belt, on the eighth day of June last, was chased into Currituck Inlet by a British privateer, commanded by a certain--Goodrich, and was there on the afternoon of the same day captured by the said Privateer. That three men belonging to the said Privateer were put on board the said Schooner, and on the next morning in going out of the said Inlet, she was run aground by the said Belt; that after attempting in vain to heave off the Schooner, the three Privateer's men quitted the said Schooner, and went in her boat on board the said Privateer, leaving Captain Belt and two of his crew in possession of the said Schooner. That about ¾ of an hour after the Schooner grounded and was quitted by the privateers men, a party of Militia commanded by one Caleb Ansell came on board and beat off some boats sent in by the said Privateer, and thereby saved the said Schooner. That the said Caleb Ansell afterwards, on behalf of himself and his company of Militia, on the ninth day of June last, exhibited his Libel in the Court of Admiralty for the port of Currituck, in the said State of North Carolina against the said Schooner and her cargo on board, alledging as a cause of forfeiture, "that the same was British property, that she was taken in Currituck on the said ninth day of June by one Goodrich, an enemy of these States, and was retaken by the said Ansell and his company of Militia." That answers were put in to the said Libell by the said Belt and Peter Kirwin, one of the owners of the said Schooner, to which the Libellant demurred in law, and on joinder in demurrer the same was affirmed; and thereon on the nineteenth day of June a jury was impannelled, sworn and gave their verdict "that one-eighth of the true value of the said Schooner and her cargo was a lawful prize to the Libellants, together with costs of suit;" and on the next day the Judge gave judgment.

The united State schooner Grampus.

Note. The schooner Grampus captured the Spanish Brig Palmyra in 1822, for piracy.
In 1822, under the command of Lieutenant Francis H. Gregory, captured the Pancheia.
In 1830, under the command of Isaac Mayo, captured the Spanish slaver Fenix.

The schooner Grampus was lost in a gale in March of 1843, near the cost of the United States.

Some of the crew are:

1. Lieutenant Albert E. Downes, commanding, wife-Martha L. Dowries
2. Lieutenant George M. McCreery
3. Lieutenant William S. Swann
4. Lieutenant Hunn Gansevoort
5. Purser James S. Thatcher
6. Assistant Surgeon Edwin H. Conway
7. One owner of the Grampus, Ezekiel Holbrook
8. William McKenney-father was George L. McKenney

The loss of the private armed Brig General Armstrong.

On September 26, 1814, while the Armstrong out of New York, was lying at anchor in the port of Fayal, she was attacked by a superior British force, and after a brave resistance by her commander, Samuel C. Reed, and his crew the Brig was destroyed.

The loss of the Brig Epervier.

The Britannic Majesty’s Brig Epervier, was captured in 1814, by the sloop Peacock, at Lake Champlain, and put in to the service of the United States Navy. The Epervier was later lost in the Mediterranean in 1815, on the way back to the United States.

Part of the crew:

1. captain John T. Shubrick-Wife, Elizabeth Matilda Shubrick.
2. John Feran-Mother, Ann Feran.
3. Purser Melancton W. Bostwick.
4. Samuel Belding.
5. John Taylor.
6. Chauncey Belding.
7. Caleb Holmes.

The Frigate Philadelphia.

Part of the crew.

1. Lieutenant, Davie Porter.
2.Lieutenant, J. Jones.
3. Lieutenant, Theodore Hunt.
4. Lieutenant, Benjamin Smith.
5. Lieutenant, Marines, William S. Osborn.
6. Surgeon, John Ridgely.
7. Surgeon’s mate, John A. Cowdery.
8. Surgeon’s mate, Nich. Harwood.
9. Sailing master, William Knight.
10. Midshipmen, Bernard Henry.
11. Midshipmen, James Gibbon.
12. Midshipmen, Benjamin F. Reed.
13. Midshipmen, Wallace Wormley.
14. Midshipmen, Robert Gamble.
15. Midshipmen, James Biddle.
16. Midshipmen, Rd. B. Jones.
17. Midshipmen, D. T. Patterson.
18. Midshipmen, William Cutbush.
19. Midshipmen, Simon Smith.
20. Midshipmen, James Renshaw.
21. Sailing maker, Joseph Douglass.
22. Boatswain, George Hodge.
23. Gunner, Rd. Stephenson.
24. Carpenter, William Godby.

Sloop Portsmouth.
George B. Bacon, was a acting purser.

Sloop Falmouth.
1. Purser, William B. Hartwell
2. Purser, Charles S. Porcher, or Percher.
3. John Y. Mason Jr.

Sloop Hornet.

John Redman Coxe, was part of the crew that captured the British sloop Penguin.


James Doughty, of Cumberland county, and State of Maine, asking for a pension on account of his services and injuries received on board a gun-boat in the service of the United States during the war of 1812 with Great Britain.

Gun-boat No. 5.
Commander was Batram G. Hipkins, 1808.

Gun-boat No. 11.
Richard Davidson, of the Mississippi Territory, was asking to be paid back for medicine he had furnished to the crew of Gun-boat No. 11., while station near Fort Adams in said Territory.

Gun-boat No. 159.
Ann Brown, asking for a pension in consideration of the loss of her husband, John Brown, deceased, whilst commander of gun boat No 159, which was wrecked in 1810.

Susanne B. Prefry, widow of James Prefry, who was wounded in the gun-boat service during the war of 1812, asking for a pension.

In 1861, Alfred Guthrie, was the inventor of a steam gun-boat and floating battery combined.

James Renshaw, was a Captain of a gun-boat in 1808.

Gun-boat No.164.
Samuel W. Lecompte, praying remuneration for his losses, occasioned by the wreck of the gun boat No. 164, in the year 1813, of which boat he was an officer.

Gun-boat No. 162.
Abraham H. Kinsley, of East Florida, and sundry citizens in his behalf, praying for a pension for services rendered as pilot, on board of gun-boat No. 162, in the year 1812.

Gun-Boats No. 149 & No 154.

While attempting to pass up the river Appalachicola, with a convoy of provisions and stores, in the month of July 1816, were attacked by a fort situated on said river and occupied by a number of fugitive Negroes and Indians, and who, in resisting said attack blew up and destroyed said fort, with, with the greatest part of those by whom it was occupied.

Note. By no means could I name all the ships the navy had, However here is a list of battles between ships. These reports not only tell of the battle but give a few crew names and in some cases a lot of names. These reports will only be send upon request as some are very long, you may request your report by writing to the above address.

These reports come Naval Affairs Vol. 1., 1794-1825.

1. Between the United States frigate Constellation and the French frigate La Vengeance.
2. Between the United States schooner Enterprise and a Tripolitan corsair.
3. Between the United States frigate United States and British frigate Macedonian.
4. Between the United States sloop of war Wasp and the British sloop of war Frolic.
5. Between the United States frigate Constitution and British frigate Java.
6. Between the American and British fleets on Lake Erie.
7. Between the United States brig Enterprise and British brig Boxer.
8. Between the American and British fleets on Lake Champlain.
9. Between the United States sloop of war Peacock and the British sloop of war Epervier.
10. Between the United States sloop of war Wasp and the British sloop of war Reindeer.
11. Between the United States sloop of war Hornet and the British sloop of war Penguin.
12. Between the American squadron and an Algerine frigate and brig in 1815.
13. Between the United States frigate Constitution and the British ships Cyane and Levant.
14. Between the boats of a British squadron and the American privateer General Armstrong.
15. Between the United States schooner Grampus and the Spanish privateer Pancheta.
16. Between the United States schooner Porpoise and the Spanish privateers Palmyra and G. Boves.
17. Between two piratical vessels and the boats of the United States schooner Alligator.
18. Between the piratical schooner Pilot and the barges Gallinipper and Mosquito.

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