COPENHAGEN – September 1807
The bombardment and siezure of Copenhagen by combined British forces in September 1807 still rankles with some Danes. The official prize money list, as published nearly two years after the event, is referenced below.
Date:11 July 1809 Issue number:16275 Page number:1103http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/16275/pages/1103
The complete official list of British warships at Copenhagen on 7 September 1807 can be found at the above reference. 126 ships in total are listed, and prize money for the ships and naval stores captured allocated. If anyone needs a slightly polished list, where obscured names have been checked [thanks, “cy”
] I can supply.
“Share to a Petty Officer £22-11/-
Ditto Able Seaman £3-8/- ”
[ There were twenty shillings in the pound before 1971, and 12 pennies to the shilling]
A labourer’s average weekly wage was 11/- in 1808, so each Able Seaman received a bonus of about six weeks labourer’s wages from this, and each Petty Officer almost seven times that.
No wonder Denmark was bankrupted by this war