Naval and military historian and ResM History student Lee-Jane Giles spends much of her time buried in the Admiralty papers at The National Archive at Kew, London. She is currently carrying out a study on masculine values and marines’ behaviour ashore in the period 1783-1793, and completed a prize-winning undergraduate dissertation on the marine mutiny at Plymouth in 1797.
Taking place at the same time as the more famous mutinies at Spithead, the Nore and among the North Sea squadron at Yarmouth, the mutiny of the Plymouth Channel squadron eventually led to the execution of 13 sailors, and rioting in the streets of the city.
In an article first published in the magazine of the Navy Records Society, Lee-Jane tells the story of the start of the mutiny through letters from captains of ships at anchor in the Sound to Sir John Orde, Commander of the Plymouth squadron, who forwarded them to the Admiralty. She writes: