By Sheldon S. Cohen
“A welcome literary tapestry, a vibrant depiction of occasions woven including threads of sturdy scholarship and a spotlight to detail.”— New England Quarterly
“Anyone who's attracted to naval battle throughout the American Revolution must have this quantity on his bookshelf.”— Journal of America’s army Past
“An informative, whole accounting of a guy who may be certainly one of our nation’s founding fathers.”—Pirates and Privateers
“The existence and instances of a seaman in peace and conflict, a guy who knew luck and failure, a stout-hearted sailor and dedicated patriot.”— Northern Mariner
"Finally, after greater than centuries of dwelling within the shadow of different revolutionaries whose reputations were extolled and exaggerated, this interesting personality is dropped at lifestyles. via cautious examine Cohen has exposed a wide selection of fabrics hitherto neglected. the result's neither hagiography nor muckraking, yet a gently crafted biography that offers us new insights into the yank Revolution and the early days of the Republic."--William M. Fowler Jr., Northeastern University
"This is the 1st full-length biography of 1 of the extra winning officials of the Continental army. because it is entire and exhausts what it truly is attainable to grasp approximately Abraham Whipple from the on hand resources, it's more likely to stay the definitive biography good into the future."--Michael J. Crawford, Naval ancient Center
Abraham Whipple (1733-1819) commanded insurgents who destroyed HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay and helped direct the winning invasion of the Bahamas. This little-known, but intrepid and regularly profitable Continental army officer contributed considerably to the battle for Independence. An esteemed officer of the fleet, he spent his final years in frontier Ohio the place he used to be revered and appealed to more youthful generations as a "representative of the Revolution."
Sheldon Cohen's biography of Whipple offers a glance contained in the lifetime of a Continental officer. He illustrates at a private point the complexities of naval war, together with Whipple's reliance on own funds and family members connections to outfit his ships and pay his team. Cohen additionally finds the commander’s remedy as a British prisoner of battle, and his eventual migration west, laying off mild on reports shared by means of many innovative battle veterans.
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Extra info for Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy: Privateer, Patriot, Pioneer
Their average age was twenty-four. 37 Some were youths who had run away from the bonds of apprenticeship or indenture; others who sought to escape to the sea were men who had deserted their wives or rakes who had left an Rhode Island Beginnings 11 impregnated damsel and her angry parents on shore. Then, too, among this collection of mariners were military deserters, debtors, petty criminals, bail jumpers, and an occasional prison escapee. Rounding out this group of seafarers were some fugitive slaves and free African Americans.
His personal documents, as well as the Brown family papers from 1763 through 1774, reveal that the captain made port in several Caribbean Islands, including Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, St. Christopher (presently St. Kitts), St. Croix, Grenada, St. Vincent, Nevis, Hispaniola, and St. 6 There, during his several passages, he unloaded a variety of New England products: candles, apples, bread, rum, lumber, livestock, tobacco, fish, whale oil, and even peach brandy. 7 The southward voyages of Abraham Whipple during these peacetime years also included a somewhat new destination on the northern coast of South America.
Imperious commanders on Royal Navy warships, unlike the skippers of American privateers, felt no reason to foster a spirit of egalitarianism with common seamen—most of whom had likely been unwillingly pressed into service. 40 There was, however, one obstacle that hindered several colonial ship owners or ship captains from finding enough seamen to satisfy the necessary complement to man their privateers. ”41 Britain had originally introduced the practice during the previous century, when the Royal Navy was unable to find sufficient seamen to outfit its ships.