Delano, Amasa

Delano, Amasa

(ăm`əsə dĕl`ənō), 1763–1823, American sea captain, b. Duxbury, Mass. At 15, he served as a soldier in the American Revolution and later as a privateersman. His experiences on the sea in the days of New England's supremacy, including the slave rebellion aboard a slave ship commanded by Benito Cerreño (later used as the basis of a novella by Herman MelvilleMelville, Herman,
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), are recorded in his Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Comprising Three Voyages Round the World (1817).

Bibliography

See J. B. Connolly, Master Mariner (1943); G. Grandin, The Empire of Necessity (2014).

Delano, Amasa

naive, goodhearted captain rescues captive captain from mutineers. [Am. Lit.: Benito Cereno]
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