Samuel Smedley

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Samuel Smedley was a ship captain during the Revolutionary War privateer from Fairfield, CT. At age 15, Smedley was the Captain of the"Defence" as a Lieutenant of the marines.[1] He was best known for capturing the "Cyrus," a British Ship. He also started the "ships' papers collection" currently located at Fairfield, CT's Historical Society Library that contains letters by Smedley dating back to the early 19th century.[2] In his lifetime, he captured or aid in capturing more than a dozen prizes, survived shipwreck, battled Loyalists off the shore of Fairfield, CT, twice captained privateers and was twice captured by the British, yet was able to escape from the infamous Mill Prison in England.[3]


  1. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel - Google News Archive". 1955-01-30. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Ships' Papers Collection 1786–1866 (MS 36)" (PDF). FAIRFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY, 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, Conn. 06430. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  3. ^ Kuhl, J. (2011). Samuel Smedley: Connecticut Privateer. History Press. p. 15. ISBN 9781609492281. Retrieved 2015-04-01.