Capture, *Commodore Gillon, South Carolina et al vs. Jamaica convoy, 7 Jan 1782
22.5000 -78.0000 *Commodore Gillon, South Carolina et al vs. Jamaica convoy, 7 Jan 1782
Maps: [map notes]
- NBBAS:Four, p.26.
Atlantic Ocean, the Bahama Channel
7 January 1782
After determining that Charlestown was still under British
control Commodore Alexander Gillon convened a council of his officers to
decide where to go to next. The council decided to sail to Havana. The
frigate South Carolina sailed towards Abaco and spotted a small fleet of
five ships heading up the Bahama Channel. This was a convoy going from
Jamaica to Europe loaded with sugar and lumber.
Gillon coerced the closest four brigantines to heave to and
be boarded. Three of these ships were privateers and were armed but they
were no match for the heavily armed frigate. The fifth ship, the Nelly,
did not follow the example of the others and avoided the frigate. Gillon
sent a jolly boat with Lieutenant John Mayrant and 24 marines disguised
in British uniforms to demand permission to board. The captain of the
Nelly threatened to fire on the boarding party, but she soon came within
range of the South Carolina and had to surrender. Commodore Gillon was
able to sail into Havana on January 12th with five prizes in tow.
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names record for Old Bahama Channel
- Jefferey's Composite Map of the Caribbean, 1775, from Rumsey Historical Map Collection:
Jan 1782 listing: 1/7/1782 Atlantic Ocean, the Bahama Channel. Shown as insufficient data.
Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley
Confidence level: 1