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Maryland Privateer Schooner Widow Wadman




Widow Wadman

Commander Salisbury Blackmer [Blackmore]

Schooner

10 August 1778-[September] 1778

Maryland Privateer Schooner


Commissioned/First Date:

10 August 1778

Out of Service/Cause:

[September] 1778/captured by the British


Owners:

David Stewart & Co. of Baltimore, Maryland


Tonnage:

71


Battery:

Date Reported: 10 August 1778

Number/Caliber  Weight        Broadside

4/

Total: 4 cannon/

Broadside: 2 cannon/

Swivels: one [and two howitzers]


Crew:

10 August 1778: 15 [total]


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The 71-ton Maryland Privateer Schooner Widow Wadman was commissioned under Commander Salisbury Blackmer on 10 August 1778. Widow Wadman was listed as being armed with four guns, with one swivel gun, and with two howitzers,  and as having a crew of fourteen men. Her owners were listed as David Stewart & Co.1 Her bond for $5,000 was executed by Blackmer and George Salmon.2


Widow Wadman was captured by the British in 1778, probably on her first voyage, and probably in European waters. She was tried and condemned in the High Court of Admiralty. She was described in the court of Admiralty records as an American merchant vessel. Blackmer appears as Blackmore in the records.3



1 Archives of Maryland: Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, April 1, 1778 through October 26, 1779, 21:181; Emmons, 168

2 NRAR, 492

3 HCA 32/489/7/1-25


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