Home Site Map Back

Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1779, Sunday, May 2, 1830.

[Court Martial on "Victory"]

A Court Martial lately assembled on board his Majesty's ship Victory, to try Mr. John Cater, acting master of his Majesty's ship Hecla, for having been found asleep during his watch, and suffered Mr. Gray, acting surgeon, to call him a liar, and challenge him to fight it out, without making his conduct publicly known on the quarter deck, thus causing a bad tendency amongst the subordinate officers and ship's company. The Court was of opinion that the charges had been in part proved; but, taking into consideration the peculiar circumstances of the state of the ship, and of the prisoner's health, adjudged him to be only admonished to be more careful in his conduct in future.