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From: Mme_N_Carmichael <>
Subject: Re: [MAR] BRITISH SLOOP OF WAR--SNAKE
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:31:08 -0800 (PST)
Hello again, Margie,
Looking further, I see in this book, that "Snake" was also the name of a class of unrated ships:
Nelson's navy: the ships, men, and organisation, 1793-1815 - Page 52Brian Lavery - History - 1989 - 352 pages
The definition of a sloop of war was quite simply a vessel commanded by an ...
with the same hull form, as in the case of the Snake and Cruiser classes. ...
so presumably, there were others such as 'Gartersnake'? 'Milk Snake'? 'Asp'? 'Python'????
Are you sure that your John Forbes was Royal Navy? Could he have been merchant marine? How do you have him connected to SNAKE?
I see a John Forbes commander of the brig SANDOWN, for sale in London in July 1787, but unfortunately, there were probably many men of that name. No other likely mentions in the newspapers.
Many references to "sloop of war Snake" in Google books. She was active in the West Indies, and off the east coast of Canada in the War of 1812 (too late for your man, I know, but a chance to work a reference to my country into the post - grin).
I mentioned Royal Navy wills in the earlier post. Here's the link:
"Wills of Royal Naval Seamen (1786 - 1882)
You can search and download the wills of around 35,000 men who joined the Royal Navy between 1786 and 1882 (catalogue reference ADM 48). "
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