History in Kent => Personalities => Topic started by: HERB COLLECTOR on October 31, 2014, 18:07:33

Title: Michael Greenwood. Press-ganged, Shipwrecked and Enslaved
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on October 31, 2014, 18:07:33
      'In the Litchfield I was wrecked, upon the Barb'ry shore
      And 17 months I toiled in slav'ry
      I toiled with many more.'

Inscription on Michael Greenwood's headstone (http://www.builttoinspire.org/features/grave-stones/michael-greenwood) in St Mary's Churchyard, Faversham.

Michael Greenwood, born 1731, Died 1812.
Press-ganged in Faversham Market Place one evening in 1748.

He was serving aboard HMS Lichfield, a 50-gun 4th rate, when, on the 28th November 1758, she foundered in a storm off the notorious 'Barbary Coast' of Morocco. Of the ships crew of 350, 220 survived. At the same time two other ships were wrecked, leaving a total of 338 survivors including those of the Lichfield.

Captured by the Moors, the men spent 17 months as slaves, put to tasks such as road-building. During this time Greenwood managed to keep a detailed diary.
Long drawn-out negotiations went on between Britain and their captors, and eventually the men were ransomed for 225,000 pieces-of-eight. They arrived back in England in August 1760.
Michael Greenwood returned to Faversham, where he married and worked as an oyster dredger. His 16th century house still survives  (http://www.faversham.org/history/wall_plaques_-_people/michael_greenwood.aspx)in Faversham's Abbey Street.
His diary is in the possession of his descendants living in Queensland, Australia.
Recently they have had the inscription on his headstone restored.

More on the loss of HMS Lichfield can be found in Remarkable Shipwrecks,  (https://archive.org/details/remarkableshipwr01andr)published 1813, pages 109-119. Free e-book.
Title: Re: Michael Greenwood. Press-ganged, Shipwrecked and Enslaved
Post by: mikegunnill on January 24, 2018, 09:35:21
Do we know anything more about his relations in Queensland?


Thx



Mike