Correspondence concerning Douglas sailors
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Correspondence concerning Douglas sailors

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Correspondence concerning Douglas sailors
Dates: 1844
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0092

Biographical/Historical Note

On April 25, 1844, eight British sailors, handcuffed and en route to the British vessel Douglas, were seized by three "crimps" (individuals who force men into shipping as sailors or into service for an army or navy). The sailors were being returning to the Douglas by their captain when three crimps approached in a separate boat onto which the sailors leapt. It was assumed that the crimps and sailors planned this act as it was later reported that the sailors were openly walking the streets of Savannah and laughing about the incident. This report is contradicted in several of the items in the collection. The Douglas was commanded by Captain Brewster.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence concerning the taking of eight British sailors from a boat returning them to their ship, the Douglas. Correspondents include Thomas S. Paton, John Bidwell, Edmund Molyneux, and Godfrey Bransley. Also included is a newspaper clipping with information extracted from the London Times.

Index Terms

Bransley, Godfrey, 1805-1873.
Douglas (Ship)
Letters (correspondence)
Merchant mariners--Georgia--Savannah.
Molyneux, Edmund, 1790-1864.
Savannah River (Ga. and S.C.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Correspondence concerning Douglas sailors, MS 92, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Major William R. Orbello, 1967.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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