Tillinghast was born in Taunton, Massachusetts
in 1791. He was a fifth
generation descendant of Pardon Tillinghast,
one of the original proprietors of Providence,
Rhode Island. Joseph Tillinghast was a
United States Representative from 1837 to
1817 Joseph Tillinghast
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Most of my
maritime historical data deals with Rhode
Island shipping and I could not locate any direct
history on the Philadelphia Privateer, "Young Wasp."
There were, however several references to the ship, to whit:
The British Full-Rigged
Ship, "Clarendon" was captured by
the privateer Young Wasp, off the Cape of Good
Hope in January of 1815, while bound
from Batavia to London. The ship was taken to
Baltimore and there condemned as a prize of war.
Another reference has the
Young Wasp cruising with the
Prince de Neuchatel in the Irish Channel
and making life miserable for British merchant shipping during a
six month period.
The third reference is to
the British Brig "Penguin" commanded by
Captain James Dickenson. The report states that she
received 12 additional marines from
the "Medway," a 74 gun "Ship of the Line"
and that she was then dispatched on
special assignment against the American
privateer Young Wasp, which had been causing great
havoc among homeward bound Indiamen.
It appears from the
foregoing, that Young Wasp was a very
ships and crews were also very much involved in the War of
1812 and the most successful of all the private armed
ships was the privateer "Yankee" owned by
James DeWolf. The Yankee was a former
slaver and returned to the trade after the war.