Lt. Panton of HMS Rose jumped on board a brigantine returning to Marblehead Province of Massachusetts Bay as it returned from Europe.
Lt. Panton had boarded the brigantine seeking to impress colonial sailors into the British Navy. Michael Corbet, a sailor on the brigantine selected for impressment, warned Lt. Panton "he was a dead man if he should take one step forward to force the impressment." Lt. Panton did step forward, and, because he was a skilled harpooner, Michael Corbet impaled Lt. Panton through the throat with a harpoon, killing him instantly.
Though responsible for the death of Lt. Panton, all charges against Michael Corbet were dismissed.
His counsel was John Adams.
I was able to see the photo about the daughters of the American Revolution published in the Imperial Valley Press of Feb. 19 regarding "John and Abigail Adams," portrayed by Bob and Karla Horne of El Centro. Having had a number of letters published in the Press, I thought you might enjoy hearing a factual account of someone who was able to grace the pages of the Press.