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Bolton

3351
Nominal Guns12BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Acquired1775BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardNew York - New York BWAS-1714
Constructor
& Blake TysonBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1714
Captured5.4.1776BWAS-1714

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
177530 BWAS-1714

2 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
7.7.1775 - 1.1776Lieutenant
Thomas GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1765-1812
ADM 6/21/212
Issued by
Samuel GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1783
, North America
Confirmed 12.9.1776
BWAS-1714
1.1776 - 5.4.1776Lieutenant
Edward SneydBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1776
BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
5.4.1776Taken by the American by an American squadron off Massachusetts

 

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Posted by Michael Westerfield on Saturday 31st of October 2015 22:34

After the Bolton was captured, the ship's crew was distributed to various towns in Connecticut for safe keeping as prisoners of war. Lieutenant Sneyd and three of his men were sent to the town of Windham and kept in the jail there. While confined they created "The Bacchus of Windham", a carved effigy of an infant Bacchus riding on a barrel, which was subsequently used as a tavern sign and still exists today on display in the Windham Center Library. The four sailors eventually escaped, traveling by canoe down the Thames River to Long Island Sound, where they capsized. All were drowned except John Coggins, the boatswain, who survived and was subsequently arrested leaving no record of what became of him.

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