• Thomas Tingey Burned U.S. Ships To Prevent Capture By British In War of 1812

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    THOMAS TINGEY was born in London, England, on September 11, 1750, and died in Washington, DC, on February 23, 1829. He served in the British Navy but came to America before the Revolutionary War and owned ships that were engaged in the East India trade.  He served in the Continental Navy and was selected as one of the six captains that were appointed on the organization of the U.S. Navy on Sept. 3, 1798, and given the ship Ganges, twenty-four guns, with the Pinckney and South Carolina, forming a squadron to guard the Mona passage in the West Indies during the war with France. During 1799, he captured a number of French ships.  When Washington was captured by the British during the War of 1812, Capt. Tingey had command of the Navy Yard.  The Secretary of the Navy ordered to set the Navy Yard afire.  This included five armed barges, two gunboats and all the navy stores.


    Offering a one-page, 7 x 10, DS by Tingey.  The document is matted with two biographical sketches of Tingey, one being an original article in the Boston Journal describing an incident when the British boarded one of Tingey’s ships and Tingey and his men looked the British down.


    The document, dated November 30th, 1827 is a report, listing nine commissioned and warrant officers attached to the Navy Yard in Washington.


    Document bears evidence of paper adhesion on the left margin, light toning, folds.  Else very good and a great piece of U.S. Naval Americana.


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