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Re: Charles Christopher Delano Pirate ?
Posted by: sd delano (ID *****0621) Date: March 30, 2004 at 16:51:07
In Reply to: Christopher Delano Pirate ? by sd delano of 653

Can anyone place these individuals and their families?

The American Captain Delano who was hanged for piracy with six of his crew at Malta, as related in "Salt Water or Neil D'Arcy's Life at Sea," published, I would think, about 60 years ago, is not as well identified as a historian would like. The author was William H. G. Kingston. Captain
Delano's misbehaviour seems to have occurred early in the 19th century but the book from the extinct press of Belford, Clarke and Company, New York and Chicago, bears no year and the story, itself, is an ambiguous mixture of
obvious truth and lavish adornment.

Charles Adams, the first mate, was more stately. He said "Oh that my fate should be a warning to others and I should feel more content to die."

Having been duly hanged from the yard-arms of the William, two of the scoundrels were buried but Captain Delano and the rest were sewn in tarred sacks and dangled for months in chains from a lofty gibbet as "An awful
warning to others."

From Malta Family History

Richard CORNISH, Master of the Helen, plundered by the brig William, and subsequent piracy trial in 1820

John CURTIS, of the brig William stood trial for Piracy, January 1820. Found Guilty and sentenced to death but reprieved due to his young age on 3rd February the night before his execution was to take place

Charles Christopher DELANO, Captain of the brig William stood trial for Piracy, January 1820. Found Guilty and hung 4th February 1820

John LEWIS, of the brig William stood trial for Piracy, January 1820. Found Guilty and hung 4th February 1820

Reuben MARSHALL, of the brig William stood trial for Piracy, January 1820. Found Guilty and sentenced to death but reprieved due to his previous good character, on 3rd February the night before his execution was to take place

John WEBB, of the brig William stood trial for Piracy, January 1820. Found Guilty and hung 4th February 1820

Benjamin WILCOCK, of the brig William stood trial for Piracy, January 1820. Found Guilty and hung 4th February 1820


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