Soon after the U.S. Navy schooner Grampus arrived in St. Thomas Harbor on 9 August 1822, her commander, Lieutenant Commandant Francis H. Gregory, received disturbing news. Captain John Souther, master of the schooner Coquette, told him that the American merchantman had been plundered at sea a short time before. The Grampus set sail for Curaçao, off the coast of Venezuela, on 14 August with “two valuable vessels” under her charge, and on the evening of the 15th spotted a hermaphrodite brig “hovering upon our weather quarter.” Gregory had the Grampus remain on course.
Historic Fleets - 'For the Purpose of Repressing Piracy'
By Robert J. Cressman