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Re: Christopher Delano Pirate ?
Posted by: Ken Belbin (ID *****1794) Date: August 11, 2005 at 04:28:44
In Reply to: Christopher Delano Pirate ? by sd delano of 653

Here are my notes on the sugject:
There are a number of accounts of the involvement of a Delano in an act of piracy. By a process of elimination it seems possible that the villain was Charles Christopher Delano. This appears to be the same person as Christopher Delano who was descended from Philip, son of Philip Delano/de Lannoy. The line of descent appears to be as follows: Philip Delano / Hester Dewsbury > Philip Delano / Elizabeth Sampson > Philip Delano / Elizabeth Dingley > Judah Delano / Lydia Simmons > Alpheus Delano / Margaret Sides > Charles Christopher Delano.
Christopher Delano is listed in the Friendship, Maine town records, as being born on 21 July 1778 to Alpheus and Margaret (nee Sides) Delano.
We have a Marriage Record of a Charles Christopher Delano 21st July 1805 in Saint Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire married to Ellen Abbott. Based on the scarcity of Delanos in England and particularly Liverpool at that time this seems likely to be Charles Christopher Delano the pirate.

From: (malta family history):
Throughout 1820 the 10th (North Lincoln) regiment and the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment were garrisoned on Malta. Men from both regiments were present during an event unique in Maltese history, one of the most important criminal trials ever held there. Sir Thomas Maitland returned from Corfu on board HMS Glasgow on Wednesday 26th January 1820, to attend.
When it opened in Valletta the following day Charles Christopher Delano, the Master of the brig William from Liverpool, Thomas Thompson, the Mate, Benjamin Wilcock, Second Mate, John Lewis, the Cook, Mariners John Smith, Reuben Marshall and John Webb with the Ship's Carpenter John Curtis, appeared in Court before a Grand Jury, charged with:
"Having feloniously and piratically assaulted the Brig Helen on the High Seas, with having forcibly entered into the said vessel, put the Master and mariners in fear of their lives, and with having taken therefrom sundry Bale Goods, and other articles, as specified in the Indictment "
It was alleged that the crew of the William had plundered the vessel Helen of Dartmouth, off the coast of Spain. After transferring the cargo, mainly bales of cloth to their own ship, they scuttled the Helen with her Master, Richard Cornish, and the crew locked in a hold below decks. They expected the ship to sink and no trace of her to be found. However, the Helen kept afloat and came ashore on the Spanish coast, where the crew were freed and the authorities informed. The William meanwhile had reached Malta, where the men sold some of the stolen goods, before continuing to Smyrna. Details of the crime reached Malta, and after some of the stolen goods were identified, the Royal Navy sent a vessel to Smyrna where the William and her crew were apprehended, and brought back to Malta for trial.
They pleaded Not Guilty but after a three day hearing they were all found Guilty, and sentenced to death, which was to be carried out on 4th February. Since it was Piracy the manner of their execution and procedure, was officially published in the Malta Government Gazette of Wednesday 2nd February 1820:
"That the William brig, being the vessel in which the unfortunate convicts committed the flagrant and most atrocious act of piracy, be painted black, hauled out and anchored in the middle of the Grand Port of Malta, viz:- that of Valletta ...............and that on Friday morning being the fourth of the month between the hours of eight and twelve, the aforesaid convicts be hanged and after hanging till they be dead, that they be cut down put in open shells and protected by a proper guard from His Majesty's ships, that they be carried to the appointed place, viz:- Fort Ricasoli, where the body of the aforesaid Charles Christopher Delano, late Captain of the William, is to be hung in Irons on the right-hand Gibbet erected for the purpose in the north-west angle of the said Fort, the body of John Lewis, late Cook and mariner on board the same vessel, on the left hand Gibbet in the same angle, the body of Thomas Thompson, late Mate on the right-hand Gibbet on the north east angle of the said Fort and the body of John Smith on the left-hand Gibbet and the four remaining bodies be interred at the feet of the before mentioned Gibbets.... "
At ten p.m. on the night before their execution, Sir Thomas Maitland granted clemency to Reuben Marshall due to his good character prior to this atrocity, and to John Curtis on account of his youth and information given in his favour by Captain Delano.
At eight o'clock the next morning, in front of the whole Army garrison, and the crews of Royal Navy ships, plus vast numbers of Maltese on the bastions and houses overlooking Grand Harbour, the executions were carried out.

Captain Delano appears to have been baptized shortly before he was hanged:
1820 February 1st Delano, Charles Christopher, late Master of the Merchant Brig William was privately baptised this day in the Prison under sentence of death.

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