Event Summary

Mutiny on sailing brig USS Somers

Date

1842

Description

Mutiny on sailing brig USS Somers; Captain Alexander Mackenzie, after a shipboard courts martial, hangs the three convicted mutineers; one was son of Secretary of War; basis for Herman Melville's Billy Budd (1891)

Timeline 1

Early Maritime Republic, 1815-1865

Record ID

1076