AUDACIOUS PIRACY OFF THE DELAWARE CAPES
PACKET SHIP SUSQUEHANNAH
Tuesday, October 24 1837: New York
At half past one o'clock this morning an express arrived of Samuel Swartwout, Esq., port collector, with intelegence of the capture of the packet ship, Susquehannah, from Philadephia for Liverpool, which went to sea Saturday afternoon. Immediately the collector sent a special messenger to the commander of the revenue cutter in port with directions to prepare for sea without delay. Also sent communication to Commodore Ridely, Commander of the Navy Yard , requesting an additional armament, with men, and to send off the squadron now in harbor. Captain Stingham, of the yard, received the communication , awaited orders of Commodore Ridgely, and by 3 o'clock the Porpoise was underway but because of heavy fog made little way until 11 o'clock this motning. The collector has suggested that commadore send any other vessel he may juudge expedient to send.
Mr. Humphrey, named as a passenger, is May Humphrey, Esq., a commercial agent of the United States Bank, to reside in Liverpool . Anothe passenger, James Saul, Esq., cashier of the bank in New Orleans. It is suggested that the pirate was in pursuit of 'specie' large quantities of which have been recently sent out by packets.
Therevenue cutter of the Delaware station is under repair at Wilmington, and there was no vessel at Philadelphia to despatch.
Sunday October 22 1837: Lewes by H. E. Rodney:
We have received information of the pilot boat “Mary” from James West and Edward Maull , two good pilots, that the packet ship “Susquehannah” which went to sea at 2 o'clock yesterday, was captured by a pirate schooner off the Five Fathom Bank. The wind being at the south, she bore off southward and at dark was off Indian River. Since the wind has been from southward all day, news has been sent to Norfolk so as to enable an armed vessel to cut her off.
The pirate vessel was a long clipper fore top sail schooner, painted black, and full of men.
Passengers of the packet ship Susquehannah , Master Cropper, sailed Saturday for Liverpool were M. Humphreys, a lady with two children, a servant, Ann Rawle, Mary Rawle, Rachel Sharp, H.C. Corbitt, Henry Martin, Edward Pleasent, of Philafrlphia, William Grey of Norfolk, Henry Fox of Bristol England, Wm B. McCrone of New Castle, and 40 in steerage.
We have just learned the Commander Stewart will despatch the revenue cutter, well manned with officers and men in pursuit of the piraye schooner. The cutter, Gallatin, Captain Gold, has been lyiing in Wilmington for several weeks past underoing repairs. Also we have learned from authority that the Liverpool and Harve packets are to go out tomorrow under convoy of the squadron now in port. The officers and men are all pressing with voluntary offers of services for the honor of the rescue of the captives and th seizure of the bucaneers
The amoubt of money on the Susquehannah first said to be $110,000, has been revised to $8000 to $10,000 . It is thought that the pirates had been lying in wait for the Chandler Price, bound Canton, from which they would have obtained a prize.
It has been learned from the United States Gazette that a force of men, directed by the commodore, proceeded down the Delaware on the steamer Piomeer to embark on board the Gallatin which was orderd to sail in pursuit of the pirate schooner.
We have been informed by a pilot that the suspicious vessel was seen off the Capes on Friday and followed in expection she might need a pilot, however being a fast sailer, they could not overtake her. Captain Dumbhy at Fort Penn piertold that Tuesday evening a suspicious vessel anchored two mile belo, remaining there until Thursday afternoon and during that time had sent a boat ashore to the Delaware side.
Abstract from Albany Argus, albany, New York, Friday October 27, 1837 / New York Commercial Advertiser, United Stares Gazette, October 23, Agent of the Underwriters, Henry F. Rodney, Cape Henlopen, Lewes, Delaware, Sunday October 22, 1837 : By Harrison Howeth, 2017.