. Alexander Gillon, of Charleston, S.C., but probably of Dutch origin, had recently
acquired a Dutch-built frigate for the use of South Carolina and had named it for
that state. He was also attempting to negotiate a loan for his state in Amsterdam
and had gone the rounds of the banking and brokerage houses.
held a respectful opinion of Gillon until after the fiasco of the latter's voyage
of 1781, with
on board. Gillon started from the Texel for America, but after six weeks put in at
La Corufia, Spain, where his American passengers made haste to leave the South Carolina.
See D. E. Huger Smith, “Commodore Alexander Gillon and the Frigate South Carolina,”
So. Car. Hist.
Mag., 9:189–219; John Trumbull, Autobiography
, ed. Theodore Sizer, New Haven, 1953, p. 75–77.