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From: "Piers Smith-Cresswell" <>
Subject: Re: [MAR] Troop Transport Martello
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:27:59 +0100
I've had a trawl back through the same collection looking for "Halifax" from
June-end December 1757, to try to pick up any references to MARTILLA which
may have been missed by the search engine. I found nothing - but since
there seem to have been over 200 transports at Halifax at one point, few of
which were mentioned by name, it may not be surprising. Nor could I find
reports of the July convoy (if it existed) arriving at Halifax. However the
78th regiment weren't mentioned as being among the troops at Halifax with
the Holbourne convoy, so it is consistent with a later sailing.
One other newspaper from end March/early April 1758, apparently quoting the
Lloyds Evening Post report, mentions that the vessels returned from Virginia
(its not impossible that MARTLLA sailed from Halifax to Virginia before
proceeding home); another report possibly mis-spells the vessel as MARTILA
and the master as "Anst". There are a few references to MARTILLA after
March 1758, usually in connection with trading to Philadelphia. I also
searched "Cork" around June-July 1757 to try to pick up the convoy sailing,
but though I found references to regiments assembling there, I couldn't find
any reference to their sailing. The Press' main interest seems to have been
in Admiral Holbourne's convoy which sailed in early May with the majority of
"78th Regiment" didn't produce much either.
Hope this helps a bit....
On Behalf Of Mme_N_Carmichael
Sent: 20 April 2010 06:18
To: Mariners Mailing List; Earl Chapman
Subject: Re: [MAR] Troop Transport Martello
There was a MARTILLO used as a transport to North America.
From: Business .
Lloyd's Evening Post and British Chronicle (London, England), Friday, March
31, 1758; Issue 110.
"Deal, March 31. Wind E. by S: Remains in the Downs his Majesty's ship
Deptford, Admiral Smith, Norfolk, Norwich, Dover, Greyhound and Peggy sloop
as per last. Arrived yesterday under convoy of his Majesty's ship Norwich,
the Kent, Lawson; Martilla, Aust; Matilda, Wing; Ann, Herbert; Cumberland,
Helm; St. Cecilia, Maxted; Duchess of Hambleton, Scarf; Brotherly Love,
Armstrong, transports from North America."
If she took Fraser's Highlanders to Halifax in the summer of 1757, it's not
unreasonable for her to be arriving home again in March 1758.
If you register for that Gale-Cengage free trial that Chris Maxworthy posted
about today, you'll be able to see the item for yourself. It's in the
17th-18th Century Burney Collection.
--- On Mon, 4/19/10, Earl Chapman <> wrote:
I'm that chap who is interested in tracking down the troop transport
MARTELLO, circa 1759, for a book I am writing. While it appears that this
search (to confirm the ship's identity) will soon come to an unsuccessful
end, I thought it necessary to present the latest news on my quest. I did
contact Lloyd's Register and they were kind enough to search through their
early registers (1764). Unfortunatley, no sign of the MARTELLO, which,
according to Lloyd's does not necessarily mean that the ship did not exist,
but rather it was not surveyed. Also, the MARTELLO does not appear in the
digitized editions of contemporary newspapers, but this is not surprising as
the MARTELLO was simply a commercial cargo ship temporarily converted to a
troop transport and placed under contract by the Royal Navy. Also, she does
not show up in a list of 150 transports which took part in the siege of
Louisbourg in 1758, so she presumably took on another cargo and was
released by the Royal Navy (t!
he list of transports at Louisbourg does not contain a ship's name even
remotely similar to MARTELLO).
It would appear that my 18th century diarist, Sergeant James Thompson, late
of His Majesty's 78th Regiment of Foot, simply got the name of his transport
ship wrong. After all, he was telling his "war stories", or his "anecdotes
of Wolfe's Army," in the latter years of a long life (he died in Quebec city
in 1830, aged 97 years)! So a few simple lapses of memory can be expected.
Just to recap my knowledge of the elusive MARTELLO: she left Cork, Ireland,
in convoy on 1 July 1757, carrying the grenadier company of Fraser's
Highlanders to Halifax, Nova Scotia. ........
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