|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1850|
Part of this story begins with Charles Small, from the Soule Family genealogy on the internet. Asa Havens is mentioned. It was written by Hilda Carter Fletcher. It begins:
Charles Byles Small was born in Freeport, Maine on November 28, l815, son of Joanna Emerson Soule and Daniel Small.
Charles worked his way up to become a master of ships, chartered for long voyages to foreign ports. In July 1849 he sailed from Freeport as master of the Glen, a square-rigged bark of 287 tons, just off the ways at the Soule Shipyard at Strout's Point. His cargo consisted of 200 tons of lumber for San Francisco; at the time wood was selling at $400 per thousand feet in California. In 170 days, after a fairly good passage around the Horn, he reached San Francisco and discharged his cargo.
Captain Small then put into Sacramento. For approximately a year the crew prospected for gold in the mountains. Leaving Sacramento in the late summer of 1850, Captain Small picked up a cargo of copper ore valued at $300,000, for New York, at Iquique, Chile. He also took on a few new crew members. He left Iquique on August 29. Only a few days later, the officers were taken violently ill after eating, but all quickly recovered.
On September 17, between 2 and 3 a.m., Captain Small was awakened by the report of a musket, and almost at the same time he heard the second mate cry "murder". Rushing up on deck, he found Mr. Asa Havens, the second mate, clinging to the main bitts, mortally wounded. A sailor and the cook, both armed with bayonetted muskets, confronted the captain and ordered him below with a threat to "blow his brains out." They had armed themselves with the bark's stock of muskets, bayonets, axes, and knives. his pistols. However they had missed his cutlasses and, arming himself, the captain escaped out of a window and charged the sailor he presumed to be the ring leader.
At the same moment, he was joined by George Waite, the first mate. By hand-to-hand combat they managed to overpower and disarm the four mutineers. The first mate was badly wounded in the fight. With most of the crew in irons, the second mate dead, and the first mate wounded, Captain Small almost singlehandly managed to sail the Glen to Valparaiso. There he delivered the mutineers to the U.S. Consul, who shipped them to New York, in irons, aboard the sloop-of-war Supply.
In a letter dated October 6, 1850, Captain Small gave an account of the mutiny to Henchman Soule. When the Glen reached New York, the mutineers were tried in Judge Ball's court. Two were found guilty and executed, one turned state's evidence and told the whole story of the conspiracy. Assuming all the freight money for the voyage was aboard, they had planned before shipping to capture the vessel after first murdering all the officers. The cook was in the scheme and it was he who put poison in the food and stole the arms from the cabin.
A note of unidentified origin indicates that the Underwriters presented to Mr. Waite, the first mate, $1,500; to the mother of Mr. Asa Havens, the second mate, who was murdered, $500; and a sum of money to each of the three seamen who refused to join the mutineers.
Edward F. Douglass & Thomas Benson, were executed in New York on Friday the 25h of July for the murder of Asa A. Havens at sea. They were convicted before the United States District court, and executed by the Marshal (Talmadge) of the United States. James S. Clements, convicted at the same time, for the same offence, has been respited by the President, and will probably be pardoned.
Published Aug 7, 1851 in the Bulington Hawk Eye (Iowa)
Mate of Barque Glenn was murdered by mutineers
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