Gorham Coffin (deceased)

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About Gorham Coffin

Gorham youngest son of Abner and Elizabeth Gardner Coffin was born at Nantucket January 25 1785 died December 17 1849 He was a ship master by the time he was twenty one and was also engaged in the mercantile marine as commander of a ship During the Napoleonic wars he was captured by French forces when coming out of the Thames river having landed a cargo in London the vessel and crew being taken into Boulogne France and held for some time before he could get the ship released when her American ownership was shown Afterwards he became a member of the firm of Christopher Mitchell & Sons shipowners engaged in the whaling business and who also had a refinery making sperm candles The Globe one of their ships was taken by mutineers the captain and other officers killed and then went to Mulgrave Islands where it was intended to form a colony One night while the vessel was being dismantled some of the crew slipped the cables and succeeded in navigating the ship to Valparaiso where she was taken charge of by the United States consul Later a United States cruiser went in search of the mutineers and they found all had been killed by the natives except two boys These two were rescued by the United States ship Gorham Coffin married Rebecca born February 25 1788 died February 1842 daughter of Christopher Mitchell Children Eliza Stephen Harriet Andrew Gardner of whom further Lydia Phebe Alfred Arthur Mary Ann