The Baltimore was a substantial sea going ship commanded by Andrew Buckler. A survivor of the BALTIMORE was discovered living with Acadians by an English surveyor in May 1736. She claimed to be Susanna Buckler, wife of the BALTIMORE's captain. She said her ship had put into Chebogue on December 16, 1735 for water but the crew had been killed off by Mi'kmaq attacks, disease and thirst, leaving her as the only survivor. Authorities in Annapolis Royal gave her money and introductions to travel to Boston. The ship was found at Chebogue, stripped of most of her riggings, cargo and supplies. They investigated her story and made complaints and accusations against the Mi'kmaq and the French at Louisbourg. Documents, further inquiries and a letter from the real Mrs. Buckler in Barbados revealed that BALTIMORE had been carrying 66 convicts from Dublin's Newgate Prison to Annapolis, Maryland. The convicts apparently mutinied and took over the ship, killing the crew. Mrs. Buckler was actually Mrs. Mathews, a convict who had concocted the Mi'kmaq attack story to cover her role in the mutiny. By the time this was learned she had been to Boston and then sailed to London where she disappeared. Two other convicts involved in the mutiny were apparently captured and tried in Salem, Massachusetts, but their fate is unknown. The ship was brought to Annapolis Royal where it was held during the investigation. BALTIMORE lay idle and unclaimed at Annapolis Royal until at least 1742. About a year later, the hulk was taken out to sea and burned.
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