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Posted by Bob Brooks on Monday 20th of January 2014 18:12
I erred in calling the Maria the "late Province of Quebec Armed Schooner" when in fact she was the former Rebel Schooner Mary which had been abandoned when the British relief fleet reached Quebec on 06 May 1776.
Posted by Bob Brooks on Sunday 19th of January 2014 01:11
Nota Bene. The May 1776 to Apr 1778 muster books for HM Armed Schooner Maria are ADM 36/8434. No other ship's books or logs were found.
Posted by Bob Brooks on Sunday 19th of January 2014 01:08
John Starke (he signed with an 'e') was the Master of HMS Lizard, 6th/28, re-commissioned 20 June 1775 & deployed to Quebec. He was the author of "The Case of Lieutenant John Starke of His Majesty's Navy, together with a Short Sketch of the Operations of the War in Canada, in which he was employed, during the Years 1775, 1776, and 1777" (NMM, Ms. 49/129). Starke had been acting as 2t Lt, HMS Lizard and was commissioned by Admiralty to that position on 22 June 1776 (ADM 6/21,p.196; ADM 2/552,pp.202-05); however, on 10 May 1776 he was 'commissioned' by Capt. Charles Douglas to command HMS Maria, Armed Schooner (late Province of Quebec Armed Schooner) which was taken up the St Lawrence & Richelieu rivers to Fort Chambly where the Maria was partially disassembled and 'portaged' around the falls to St Johns (St Jean, Quebec) where it was re-assembled and served as the 'flagship' of the Lake Champlain campaign.