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M/N Ryan Mulvania, 4/c History of Seapower Section 4E27 In November of 1842, an unusual incident occurred aboard the United States brig of war Somers. The captain, Commander Mackenzie, reported upon returning to port that three members of the crew had been hanged for intention to commit mutiny. The ringleader of the plot was midshipman Spencer, the son of the Secretary of War. Spencer was reported having a conversation with a crewmember about beginning a mutiny and killing the captain and two officers and then becoming pirates. A close watch was put on Spencer until he was arrested. Two more members of the crew were arrested after meeting with Spencer while under arrest. The crew was warned of the consequences of any attempt to mutiny. After four days, the Mackenzie ordered a council of the officers who decided the three men in irons were guilty and should be put to death. Within ten minutes they were hanged. An investigation of the incident was set in action to determine whether Mackenzie was right or wrong in hanging the men. Supporters of Mackenzie argue his actions to be lawful.
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PHY 120 taught by Professor Chensinski during the Spring '08 term at Staten Island.

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