Madeira Islands, off
Madeira Islands, off
What: Naval action, off Madeira Islands, 21 Oct 1781, *Com. Gillon, South Carolina vs. Venus
Where: 32.666670 -16.749999 (NAD83/WGS84), off Madeira Islands, 21 Oct 1781
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- 32.666670 -16.749999, off Madeira Islands, 21 Oct 1781
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- NBBAS:Vol. Three p.379-380.
Madeira Islands, near the Coast of West Africa
21 October 1781
After the frigate South Carolina sailed to Carunna, Spain she
had several problems with her crew. There were a series of desertions,
including one that involved the French sailors stealing a jolly boat and
rowing to shore under a hail of musket fire. In Carunna Commodore
Alexander Gillon had to put down a mutiny of his French sailors and
Luxembourg marines, with some of his men being seriously wounded.
After rebuilding the crew with Irish deserters from the Spanish Army
Gillon sailed from Spain on October 17th. On the 21st of October she
captured the Venus near the Madeira Islands off the coast of Africa.
The Venus had been bound from Newfoundland for Lisbon with 1,600 quintals
of saltfish. The Venus was slower than the South Carolina so Commodore
Gillon ordered her towed behind the frigate. He also placed the French
crew that had mutinied in Carunna on board the Venus.
Afterwards the South Carolina sailed to St. Croix in the West Indies and
in December she sailed toward Charlestown. Commodore Gillon did not know
if the city was still in British hands or not and decided to risk taking
On December 31st the South Carolina sailed past Sullivanís Island
and entered the harbor. When she saw three British men-of-war begin to
approach her she left by way of the south channel. This was the closest
that the frigate South Carolina would ever come to her home port. Gillon
headed south toward a Spanish port of call.
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Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley
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