Catherine Bantiion Adamson - She served aboard the frigate South Carolina. A.A.1880A.
Susanna Story Adamson - She served aboard the frigate South Carolina. A.A.1880A.
Women were quite rare but, not completely unknown on board warships during the Age of Sail. Usually, they gained access to the ship through disguise or by secret entry combined with the efforts of compliant crew members. They were usually discovered when the ship was well out to sea. At this point, they were put to work in some type of non-combatant role as a surgeon's assistant/nurse, cook, messenger, or some other like role.
Lewis's work, Neptune's Militia, contains no reference, either in the main text or in the notes section, to women on board the frigate South Carolina that this writer knows of. Also, the section entitled, "Appendix: Crew and Marines of the South Carolina" likewise contains no citations for women on board the frigate.
Nothing more is known of these two women. That they served on board the frigate South Carolina is most likely beyond dispute in that if they were widows of men who had served on board the frigate, they would have filed for a widow's pension and not for actual service on board the frigate. Possibly, more information can be located if the above cited stub indents are referred to. But, as to their true service and length of that service, these, too, like the last man cited on the post below, may be lost to history and the passage of time.