Chronological Notes on Vessel(s) named Belisarius (Bellisarius)

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1782 British frigate Bellisarius

Two new vessels were added to the Massachusetts navy early in 1782, the Tartar and the sloop Winthrop. The Tartar had been under construction nearly two years and was only just ready for service; she was a ship of four hundred tons and carried eighteen nine-pounders and two sixes. These vessels seem to have cruised together in June for a short time. In a letter, dated July 1, William Vernon says: "The State Ship Tartar and Sloop of 12 Guns went out the last Week, in quest of the Bermuda Brigt., but they were soon drove in by the appearance of a Ship wch they supposed to be of 50 Guns and proved to be only a Sloop of War of 18, much to the discredit of Capt. Cathcart, I think." (Publ. R.I. Hist. Soc., viii, 274.) Cathcart, however, apparently retrieved his good name and later in the season the Tartar took several prizes. She was sold before the end of the year 1782 and was fitted out as a privateer, still under Cathcart's command. After cruising a short time in 1783, she was captured by the British frigate Bellisarius and taken into New York. The Winthrop, Captain George Little with Edward Preble as lieutenant, was employed on the Maine coast. She came into Boston, September 16, 1782, after a short cruise in which she took five prizes, including two privateers and a brig which was cut out of her anchorage under the fort in Penobscot Bay. "Much Praise is due to the Bravery and good Conduct of Capt. Little and his Crew for this spirited Enterprise and for the great Service they have rendered this Commonwealth in captivating the above Privateers, that have for a long Time infested this Coast and taken many valuable Vessels from us." (Boston Gazette, September 23, 1782.) In February, 1783, the governor, in a message relating to the employment of Little and the Winthrop, said: "I considered that he had most essentially prevented the Depredations on that coast by Capturing & sending into this Port near the whole of the Arm'd force they possess'd at Penobscot." (Mass. Archives, clviii, 274.) The Winthrop made two cruises in 1783, the last one ending in June. She was the last ship of the Massachusetts navy in commission and was sold soon after her return to port (Mass. Acts and Resolves, May 2, November 12, 1782, March 26, June 4, 1783; Mass. Archives, clviii, 238, 274; Boston Post, August 10, October 12, November 23, 1782; Boston Gazette, September 23, October 14, November 11, 1782, March 17, 1783; Continental Journal, October 3, 1782; Independent Chronicle, November 7, 1782; Massachusetts Mag., January, April, 1911.) Source

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1794 Bellisarius name derives from Byzantine General 550 AD

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1799 Crowninshield ship Bellisarius returns to Salem sizeable cargo of pepper from trade with southeastern India coast;see Salem Pepper Trade

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1802-1803 American Brigantine Belisarius

Book

Ships from Scotland to America, 1628-1828
By David Dobson. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. 1-800-296-6687. 1998. iv, 127 pages. Hardcover, 6 x 8. $20 plus $3.50 s/h.

Ships gives annotated entries for most of the vessels that carried emigrants from Scotland to what is now the United States and Canada. The names were culled from several clearly identified sources: newspapers, government records, and some published materials found on both sides of the Atlantic. The introduction states that although few records identify who was emigrating (although lists exist for 1773, 1774, and possibly around 1803), advertisements by shipmasters and merchants feature regularly in Scottish newspapers from the mid-eighteenth century onward. "Sometimes it was announced that the ship had sailed 'with passengers,' and sometimes it has been possible to correlate such data with reports in American and Canadian sources." Thus, if a family story or an official record identifies the ship of your immigrant Scotsman as being the Bellisarius, the following information is available to you from page 14:

BELLISARIUS, an American brigantine, master James Tibbetts, from the Clyde to Boston 17.9.1802, [AJ#2855]; from Greenock to Boston with passengers 6.3.1803, also with passengers on 7.8.1803. [a series of references follows].

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The Kennedy Schooner Belisarius mentioned in will of their father John who died 1811, his widow Mary Kennnedy died 1855

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1804 Bellisarius of Newcastle taken prize by French

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1823-1825 registered Newfoundland built 1812 Argyle

Newfoundland Captain

Farrell, Michael Bellisarius 1823016

Hacket, John Bellisarius 1825202 (JCP notes: possible relation to Harbor Grace born Essex Captain NathanielHackett )

VESSEL REGISTRY INFORMATION

From the CD Seafarers of Atlantic Canada see Sources

Vessel Registry
Registration No S823016 Length(ft) 56
Official No. Width(ft) 17
Depth (ft) 9
Bui!der Surname Gross Tonnage 67
Builder First name Net Tonnage
Vessel Name. BELLISARIUS Registered Tonnage
Where Prev. Registered ST JOHNS NFLD Year Registered 1823
Year Prev. Registered 1815 Official Closure Year 1825
Place Constructed ARGYLE Reason for Closure 4
Year Constructed 1812 Place of Closure: ST JOHNS NFLD
No of Decks 1 Actual Closure Date 1825
No of Masts 2 If Foreign Sold, Where?
Type of Vessel Schooner Horse Power

Owners
Registration No. S823016
Owners Surname: Brazil
Owners First Name: Patrick
Owners Initial:
Owners No. 01
Occupation: Farmer/Planter
Residence: ST JOHNS NFLD
RC Country: Canada
RRegion: Newfoundland
RCountry:
Partnership Division: 01
Was Owner the Builder: yes
Shares: 64



Vessel Registry
Registration No S825202 Length(ft) 56
Official No. Width(ft) 17
Depth (ft) 9
Bui!der Surname Gross Tonnage 67
Builder First name Net Tonnage
Vessel Name. BELLISARIUS Registered Tonnage
Where Prev. Registered ST JOHNS NFLD Year Registered 1825
Year Prev. Registered 1823 Official Closure Year 1826

Place Constructed ARGYLE Reason for Closure 12
Year Constructed 1812 Place of Closure:

No of Decks 1 Actual Closure Date 1826
No of Masts 2 If Foreign Sold, Where?
Type of Vessel Schooner Horse Power

Owners
Registration No. S825202
Owners Surname: Brazil Sr
Owners First Name: Patrick
Owners Initial:
Owners No. 01
Occupation: Farmer/Planter
Residence: ST JOHNS NFLD
RC Country: Canada
RRegion: Newfoundland
RCountry:
Partnership Division: 01
Was Owner the Builder: yes
Shares: 64

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