(1747–1833)Revolutionary War naval officer. Born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Tucker first went to sea at the age of eleven. As captain of a schooner in 1776 he aided George Washington by capturing many British vessels with valuable supplies. The next year he was commissioned captain in the Continental navy, and during the next three years he captured even more prizes with the frigate Boston. Tucker was taken prisoner at the fall of Charleston in 1780. When he was exchanged he turned one of his earlier prizes into a privateer, and he captured seven more British vessels before being taken himself near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. When his captors released him in an open boat to sail to Nova Scotia he went to Boston instead. He spent some time in the merchant service before becoming a farmer in 1792. When the British were harassing the coast of Maine in 1813, the feisty Tucker outfitted a schooner with improvised and borrowed armament and captured one of their privateers. He served in the state legislature before he died in Bremen, Maine.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.