Re: ? SILLIMAN, Captain of the John Wtson, 1816
I think this was probably John Hubbard SILLIMAN as he was a ship's captain at this time. He was newly commissioned in 1812. In 1813 the following is recorded:March 31. Gallatin (John H. Silliman) arrives in Charleston after a five-day cruise from Savannah in which he noticed British naval cruisers off Port Royal, South Carolina.
April 1. At 11:00am in the morning, while Gallatin’s (John H. Silliman) crew cleaned the ship’s muskets, the powder room explodes and blows off the cutter’s stern and quarterdeck, killing three crewmembers and seriously wounding five more. The cutter sank immediately at its anchorage several yards off Blake’s Wharf in Charleston Harbor. Captain Silliman was on shore when the accident occurred. The Charleston newspaper reported, “We have to state a most melancholy occurrence which took place in our harbor this morning—the blowing up of the Revenue schooner Gallatin, commanded by Captain John Silliman. She arrived here yesterday from Savannah and a cruise, and was anchored abreast the City. The confusion and distress which this accident has occasioned, have prevented us from obtaining any correct information as to its cause, or to the number of persons who have suffered. We have seen four of the unfortunate men who were picked up and who are lacerated and torn in a manner the most pitiable.
There is a marker for Captain John H. Silliman in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. The inscription further has: Lost at Sea - August 1830 - Aged 50 Years.