Nominal Guns14HLP
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorPrivate Owners
Home PortLiverpool - Lancashire HLP
Ship TypeUnknownHLP
Last known1778HLP


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHLP
Burthen110Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.177880 HLP

Service History

11.1778Brought a French ship into the MerseyHLP


HLPHistory of Liverpool PrivateersGomer Williams, Digital Book

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Posted by Anita Joy on Monday 30th of December 2019 05:39

From p. 246 of the abovementioned digital book.

In November, 1778, the Catcher, Captain Fletcher, a
vessel of no tons, 14 guns, and 80 men, owned by Messrs.
Salisbury & Co., brought into the Mersey a French ship
from Cape Francois for Nantz, with 130,300 Ibs. of sugar,
115 barrels of coffee, 7 barrels of indigo, and 12 bales of cotton.

Posted by Anita Joy on Monday 30th of December 2019 05:09

The name of the captain of this vessel, was Jacob Fletcher, son of Elizabeth PALMER and Joseph FLETCHER of Cumberland.

Jacob was born in 1726 at Whitehaven, Cumberland and passed on 17 January 1808 at his residence, 87 Duke St, Liverpool, Lancs, England.

His first wife was Isabella BIRCH whom he married in 1751. After her death in 1779, he married Margaret STURZAKER in 1783, she died in 1815.

This information was gathered by a Fletcher descendant of Jacob and Isabella.

I am descended from a Fletcher cousin line that settled in Australia in the mid 1850s.

In 1778, George the Third was beginning his bouts of illness and the American War of Independence had begun when Jacob sailed into the Mersey in command of the aptly named "Catcher" trailing a captured French vessel containing 130,000 pounds of sugar, 115 barrels of coffee, 7 barrels of indigo and 12 bales of cotton.

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