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Young Teazer - 1813

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

124

Length(ft)

Breadth(ft)

Depth(ft)

Masts

Decks

Hull

Shipwreck Details

Description

YOUNG TEAZER was a remarkably fast privateer schooner. She took many prizes off Nova Scotia, including several right at the mouth of Halifax Harbour.

Story

After several days of raiding, including captures made right at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, YOUNG TEAZER was chased first by the Nova Scotian privateer SIR JOHN SHERBROOKE and then by several ships of the British Royal Navy. HMS LA HOGUE, a 74 gun ship led the British pursuit as YOUNG TEAZER was cornered in Mahone Bay by nightfall. As British boarding parties approached in boats, YOUNG TEAZER blew up. Only about seven of her crew survived. One of them reported that the first officer, an unstable man named Frederick Johnson, was last seen rushing to the magazine with embers. The wreckage of YOUNG TEAZER was salvaged. Parts were built into a store in Mahone Bay. Other pieces were made into souvenirs. A number of her crew who were killed in the explosion lie buried in an unmarked grave in the Anglican cemetery at Mahone Bay. Slight variations exist in sources in the number aboard YOUNG TEAZER (which range from 36 to 38) and the number killed (which range from 28 to 32.)

Vessel Type

Privateer, Schooner

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Sank

Cause of Event

Explosion

Date of Wreck

1813-06-27

Location

Mahone Bay

Cargo

Lives Lost

29

Voyage from

Voyage to

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

New York, New York, United States

Date

Registered at

New York, New York , United States

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Schooner

Details

Surviving fragments indicate that frames and keel were oak.

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