- Michael J. Crawford
Tucker, Samuel (01 November 1747–10 March 1833), naval officer and merchant mariner, was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of Andrew Tucker, who made his living in the fishing industry and as a merchant ship captain, and Mary Bartlett, the daughter of an innholder and the widow of Thomas Ewell. Nothing definite is known of Samuel’s formal schooling. He never learned the social graces, but his mathematics were good enough for him to master navigation and to train others in it. One biographer describes him as “an active, energetic, blustery person, famed for his biting candor as well as for his frequent use of crude, offensive language” (Smith, p. xiii). Tucker first went to sea in the summer of 1760 at the age of twelve, during the Seven Years’ War, as servant to his father, who was sailing master of the Massachusetts provincial warship ...