Samuel Cromwell

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Samuel Cromwell
Somers, starboard side, under sail, 1842 - NARA - 512981.tif
USS Somers, 1842 lithograph
men hanging from yardarm
Born Unknown
Died December 1, 1842(1842-12-01)
asea, aboard USS Somers
Occupation Boatswain's Mate (United States Navy)
Criminal charge
Plan to mutiny
Criminal penalty
Death by hanging
Criminal status Deceased

Samuel Cromwell (died December 1, 1842) was a sailor and petty officer {boatswain's mate} aboard the brig USS Somers. Cromwell was feared by the young apprentices who made up the majority of the ship's crew, and was rumored to have served on a slaver at one time. These rumors lent credence to the idea that he would have been amenable to Philip Spencer's alleged plot to mutiny, kill the ship's officers and such of the crewmembers as were not wanted, and sail the Somers either as a pirate ship or a slaver.

On the homeward leg of a voyage to Liberia, Cromwell was put in irons a few days after Philip Spencer and Elisha Small, another sailor rumored to have been part of a slave ship's crew. After a meeting of the officers concluded that a mutinous plot existed, all three men were hanged without a court-martial.[1]

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  1. ^ "Somers" Deck Log 26 Nov 01 Dec 1842,, 27 April 2001, (accessed February 3, 2007.)