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John Welch Prize Master - Prince of Neufchatel
Posted by: Kathie McCutcheon-Gawne (ID *****8295) Date: December 16, 2009 at 12:01:02
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John Welch is listed as the prize master on board the privateer ship the Prince of Neufchatel at the time of it's capture by the British. The British information lists his birthplace as Boston and his residence as Boston. I can't find him listed in navy records nor have I found a pension application for him so I'm assuming that privateers were not considered to be part of the official U. S. Navy at the time. Does anyone know where information can be found regarding crew members of privateer ships? Do I look at the state where the ship was harbored -the Prince of Neufchatel was built in NY. Or do I look at where it raised a crew from-most of the crew members listed in British records for the ship when it was captured showed that the majority of the men on board were from Massachusetts? It appears that the British may know more about the crew of this ship than the US. Any help greatly appreciated.

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