1738-1796. Boston captain and merchant, and privateersman in the French and Indian War. In 1775 he became the 4th ranking Captain in the Continental Navy in the Revolutionary War and was given command of the Alfred, Commodore Esek Hopkins' flagship which successfully raided New Providence in the Bahamas for cannon. In 1779 he was made Commodore of the Penobscot Expedition, which ended in a disaster for which he was blamed and dismissed from the Navy. He then turned profitably to privateering.