PRICE of Baltimore
13 April 1813 by HMS Iris
The first document, a petition requesting a letter of marque, gives the owners of the Price as John Smith Hollins, John Hollins, Michael McBlair, Levi Hollingsworth and John Gooding all merchants of Baltimore.
The Price is given as 235 tons 30/95 with 6 carriage guns and 30 men.
The other documents which are transcribed below are from the Head Money papers – listing her capture and giving the names of her principle officers but as can be seen the spelling varies.
Lloyd’s List notes that the Price had taken one prize- the Equity, Irvin, from Maderia to London this was on the 3 rd April 1813 but this was retaken along with the Price – with the Equity being sent in to Corunna, she may have been carrying supplies for the army there.
By John Arthur Esq. Mayor of the Borough of Plymouth in the County of Devon.
These are to certify unto all whom it may concern; That on the eight day of May Instant there came and personally appeared before me the said Mayor, Enoch Staples late commander of the schooner letter of marque called the Price: and that on this present day there also came and personally appeared before me, Plummer Southcombe late First Lieutenant; of the said schooner letter of marque: and severally made oath on the Holy Evangelists: That the said schooner letter of marque was taken and seized in the Latitude 44.00 N. and Longitude 3.30 W. from the meridian of London, on the thirteenth day of April last, by His Britannic Majesty’s Frigate Iris, Captain Hood Hanway Christian: And that the said schooner letter of marque and them said deponents had been brought into the Port of Plymouth, being the first and only port they have been brought into since so taken. And further that they the said deponents and George Stonchombe late Lieutenant of the Price were the three chief officers on board of, and belonging to the said schooner letter of marque at the time of the said capture. And lastly that there were actually alive and on board of, and belonging to the said schooner letter of marque, at the time of her being so taken, Thirty Men including the said deponents.
Given under my hand and Seal of
In His Majesty’s High Court of Admiralty of England.
Appeared personally George Stinckcomb Second Officer late of and belonging to the American letter of marque schooner called the Price late belonging to Baltimore in Maryland in the United States of America whereof Enoch Staples was commander and made oath that he was belonging to the said letter of marque at the time of her being captured by His Britannic Majesty’s Frigate Iris under the command of Hood Hanway Christain Esq., on the thirteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirteen which said letter of marque was afterwards brought into Plymouth in England. And further that the said letter of marque was commissioned by the American government and armed fitted, manned, equipped and put to sea for the purpose of carrying a cargo of cotton and potash from Charleston to France and to capture or destroy any vessels being the enemies of the United States of America under the command of the said Enoch Staples and that the said letter of marque had actually living on board at the time she was captured by the said ship Iris thirty men including the said appears and had six carriage guns mounted.
Sworn onboard His Majesty’s prison
Nile Weekly Register Vol.3