Mutiny at the Nore
May to 13 June, 1797
among sailors at the Nore, a Royal Navy anchorage
in the Thames Estuary, overflowed in riotous mutiny
in May 1797.
sailors, led by
a former officer who had been voted president of the
fleet by the mutineers, wanted an end to impressment,
unequal pay, poor quality rations, and better leave
also wanted to remove cruel or unpopular officers
from ships and have them banned from serving on them
of all - at least in the authorities' eyes - the fleet
blockaded London and stopped trade in and out of the
port. Click here
for the articles of demand of the mutineers.
Despite a reasonable start the mutiny was hijacked
by radical delegates to the unofficial Fleet Parliament
whose intransigence and bid for a mini social revolution
hardened the stance of the Government and Lords of
off from food and racked by internal dissent, the
mutiny eventually dissolved with ships slipping their
cables and deserting the cause.
Parker, along with many leading co-conspirators, faced
swift justice from the vengeful Admiralty and after
a brief trial was hanged for treason and piracy.
other leading mutineers also swung from the yardarm,
while other key offenders were either jailed or flogged.
earlier mutiny at Spithead
had been settled peacefully with a Royal Pardon and
major gains for the mutineers.