Tuesday, June 9, 2015

British Man-O-War Bream

"Of these 18 men of war schooners six only were built at Bermuda, and like the others, were named after the piscatory tribe: Bream, Chubb, Cuttle, Mullet, Porgay and Tang." [Source]

War of 1812 Era Illustration

From A History of American Privateers:

The Wasp, Captain E. Ewing (or Ervin), also was a Salem privateer that was captured by an English cruiser but not until she inflicted some injury on the enemy's commerce.

[The Wasp] was chased...by the British man of war Bream... . .....Captain Ewing made every effort to escape.  The Bream gave chase, and for nine hours kept the Wasp in sight and gained on her. When in easy gunshot the English opened a heavy fire, which the Americans returned as well as they could for forty minutes, when they surrendered. The British lieutenant commanding the Bream treated his prisoners with exceptional courtesy.

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