Talk:Chesapeake–Leopard affair

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There was already an article about this at Chesapeake affair...I think this one should be merged with it, as "Chesapeake affair" is the more usual term (to me, anyway!). Adam Bishop 16:05, 22 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Weird edit tags and something else[edit]

The tagging seems to be... off, with, for me at least, the "edit" button is in the middle of a line. My other complaint is that there seems to be a lot of missing links in the article... perhaps they should be removed or stubbed? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:48, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Frigate / ship of the line[edit]

Both the HMS Leopard and fourth-rate pages list leopard as a ship of the line rather than a frigate. Any sources either way? Captain Crush (talk) 13:33, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

I would contest the assertation that any 50-gun ship in that period was a true ship-of-the-line beyond the name. (Note that the 4th Rate article stipulates any ship of 46 or more guns is a ship-of-the-line) The Leopard would not have likely been in the main combat line of a battle fleet in that age. By the Napoleonic Wars, 64-gun ships-of-the-line were on their way out and were not typically used in fleet actions with other line ships because the 64-gunners were too small and weak. (The Africa at Trafalgar was a late arrival) I think it more accurate to classify the Leopard as a two-decked frigate or a heavy frigate rather than a ship-of-the-line. I understand the technicalities for calling her a ship-of-the-line, however. Auror (talk) 17:29, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
The Leopard could not possibly be called a frigate, or even a heavy frigate. A "two decked frigate" is a contradiction in terms. She was merely a very aged 4th Rate ship of the line, not fit very well to actually stand in a line of battle, but even less suited for the duties of the average frigate of the period. FellGleaming (talk) 22:48, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

In Aftermath, this article says Chesapeake was taken by HMS Shannon on May 20, 1813. US Navy history page [1] and other Wikipedia pages say it happened on June 1, 1813. The former date is when Capt Lawrence took command of the ship, not the day of the brief and decisive (for the Chesapeake) battle. Can the date be corrected?Prairieplant (talk) 08:20, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Correct, and fixed. Auror (talk) 17:34, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

French or British?[edit]

The article says that the Leopard is a French Naval ship and that the Chesapeake affair was about retreiving French Navy deserters. But HMS Leopard was a British Naval ship and the Chesapeake affair was about Britian's illegal impressement of naturalized American citizens. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Narenra (talkcontribs) 15:49, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Identifying Halifax[edit]

Presumably the Halifax to which the prisoners where taken is Halifax, Nova Scotia. The article then refers to the execution taking place "on the Halifax", ie a ship. However the HMS Halifax of that era was a mere sloop, which seems an unlikely venue for an execution of a man captured by a larger ship and taken to a major naval base. It seems to be that an error has been made here, so I will remove the venue of the execution for now. Choalbaton (talk) 11:39, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, my mistake, he was executed there because it was his own ship. Choalbaton (talk) 11:42, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

"Two of them demonstrably non-British because they were African-Americans"[edit]

I am intrigued. What was it that made them "demonstrably non-British"? I am irresistibly reminded of Airplane. Wally Wiglet (talk) 16:16, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

I'd be fascinated to learn this as well, given the number of Royal Navy crewmen from the West Indies. Robcraufurd (talk) 17:23, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

"Perkins, 1968"[edit]

Does anyone know more about the work cited in the article as "Perkins, 1968"? I find at least one of the citations attributed to it to be doubtful, and would like to investigate further, but can't find the work based on the information provided. Thanks, Jrt989 (talk) 17:26, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

My guess (and it is only a guess) is that it might be Bradford Perkins (1968) Prologue to War, England and the United States, 1805-1812. University of California Press. Wally Wiglet (talk) 19:30, 22 June 2012 (UTC)
I believe that's probably it, thanks! Jrt989 (talk) 22:16, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

My apologies - had you notifed me at my talk page, I would have corrected that omission sooner.

Perkins, Bradford. 1968. Embargo: Alternative to War (Chapter 8 from Prologue to War: England and the United States, 1805-1812, University of California Press, 1968) in Essays on the Early Republic 1789-1815. Leonard Levy, Editor. Dryden Press, 1974.

The footnote pages refer to the Essays on the Early Republic 1789-1815, Leonard Levy, Editor, and not to page numbers in Perkin's book Prologue to War, England and the United States, 1805-1812 36hourblock (talk) 19:54, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

36hourblock Could you correct the omission of the references to Perkins essay, and put the full reference in the text for Perkins at each appropriate place? It is perfectly fine to repeat the reference with new page numbers. When you reference page 316 three times, as in the text now, you can name that reference ref name=Perkinsp316 and use that shorthand for the other two cites. Right now, Perkins is hidden here in Talk. Do you mean from the above that your page numbers match an essay buy Perkins in a book edited by Levy? Is so, the text in the comment may have all the edit language worked out, except that you need to add each page number. Below would be inserted between the start and for ref and the upper case brackets.
cite book |editor=Leonard Levy |work=Essays on the Early Republic 1789-1845 |author=Bradford Perkins |work=Prologue to War, England and the United States, 1805-1812 |publisher=Dryden Press |year=1974 |page=1   
You can see the format in the box above, or in Edit for the Talk page. You can copy from the latter to the places where cites are needed. There is no need to keep up the Bibliography / footnote routine, as it is used only half the time in this article. I am inclined to make all the footnotes full references and drop the unused source in Bibliography. In my view, they are not much use if there is no page citation from that source.
Two places in the text are marked broken citation, from 2012, and there is nothing visible in the Edit page to know what needed fixing. In the article, the number 2 adjoins the first broken citation and the number 5 adjoins the second one. If someone who knows which references were meant can insert them, correctly typed, that would be great. If not, in a week or so I will delete the Broken citation messages, as they are not helpful to the reader, and this editor cannot fix them without wild guesses, which I will not do. --Prairieplant (talk) 01:18, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Poorly cited source[edit]

I don't know much markup. I'm a total noob. But there's something wrong with the first citation on this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zmarffy (talkcontribs) 20:50, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

If you click on McKenzie, it will navigate down to the full citation for that source. This method can be handy with a long article that often cites pages in the same major sources. In this article, reference styles are mixed, so it is a bit confusing and inconsistent. As noted above, I think all the footnotes should be changed to references, full format, and any source not cited by page number should be dropped, or listed as See Also. --Prairieplant (talk) 01:23, 2 June 2014 (UTC)