The first "schooner" was launched at Gloucester in 1713.
In July 1812 a British squadron unsuccessfully attempted to capture a brig and schooner in the harbour.
At the age of fourteen he went to sea in the merchant service, and was in command of a trading schooner at an early age.
When the United States navy was organized in 1798 he was included in the corps of naval officers, and appointed to the schooner "Retaliation."
On this occasion the authorities were more hostile than before to the Natal pioneers, for they confiscated the schooner on the ground that it was unregistered and that it came from a foreign port.