1779: Schooner Eagle Captured

The Connecticut Privateer schooner Eagle was commissioned under David Brooks of Chatham, Connecticut on May 28, 1779. The schooner had a crew of forty-five men, including many from Middletown. The first lieutenant was Shubael Brainerd.

On September 20, 1779, HM Frigate Daphne led by Captain St. John Chinnery captured the Eagle. The Eagle was then sent into New York and the crew of forty-four men aboard was turned over to prison ships at New York on October 2, 1779. The schooner was condemned later that same year.

Story contributed by Kimberly Singh.

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