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From The Naval Chronicle (Volume VIII), 1802:

"Mr. Whitford, Coroner for Devon, took an inquest on the body of a seaman who hung himself in a sentry box near Stonehouse Hill. Some symptoms of derangement having appeared, the Jury found a verdict of Lunacy."

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I was looking through the obituaries in the Gentleman's Magazine (1848) when I came across the one for Lieutenant Peregrine Bowen. He hanged himself in his cell at Giltspur Street Compter after being detained for forgery related to the will of his brother.

A sad ending for someone who took part (as a midshipman) in the Battle of Trafalgar.

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From the Army and Navy Chronicle (Vol. 8 - 1839):

"Wm. Bunworth, a sailor, recently discharged from the U.S. ship North Carolina, jumped into the canal at Princeton, N.J., on the 25th ult., and was drowned. He had thirty-four Spanish dollars in his pocket."

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....well, attempted, anyhow .....

The Times, April 12th, 1786:

" ........... Saturday last a boy belonging to the Scout sloop of war, lying in Feversham creek, having been charged with stealing some articles belonging to some of the seamen of the sloop, in a fit of despondency cut his throat, but there is some hope of his recovery. ....... "


I was curious as to where Feversham is located but it looks as if it is an alternative name for Faversham ...for the also curious. :wink:

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The Times, February 19th, 1810:

" ...... On Wednesday a seaman belonging to his Majesty's ship Raleigh, at Plymouth, hung himself at the bow-sprit end of that ship. ...."

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Not only in the British navy of course, do suicides occur.
Otto Frederick Rasch, captain of the danish postship Søormen when she was captured in Nyborg in 1808, and of the Kiel at the Battle of Lyngør (when Najaden was destroyed), survived until peace was declared. He shot himself because of money worries whilst commander of the Tre Kroner fort in the sea approaches to Copenhagen in 1817.

from http://runeberg.org/dbl/13/0489.html


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The Observer, November 12th, 1797:

" ...... The Boatswain of the Royal Charlotte yacht, having been reprimanded for misplacing the King's colours, has been missing since Sunday se'nnight, and, it is supposed, has drowned himself, as some of the crew of the Augusta picked up his pocket-book, floating on the Thames, on Monday. ...."

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