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A Voyage in the West Indies

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Pages: 70

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Augustine Waller

Excerpt from book: - Sunday, 22d.—At day-light, the Cherub made a signal for an enemy : and, on standing in-shore, we saw a brig coming down before the wind. Finding we were in chace or' her, she ran withinside a very extensive and dangerous reef of coral rocks, where our ships could not follow her : and, about seven a.m. we observed her run on shore. Our men were at quarters, supposing her to be a man-of-war: but, on approaching nearer, found her to be a privateer, under French colours. Our boats were immediately manned and armed, and proceeded to attack her, under the command of Lieut. Fitzpatrick. The ship, in the meantime, came to anchor off the reef. The passage through the rocks was both difficult and dangerous : and, as soon as the boats were abreast of the brig, she opened a fire upon them : this was returned from the ship, which was at anchor within gun-siiot, and, having soon silenced her fire, obliged the Spaniards to quit her. The boats were now approaching close, and had likewise opened a fire upon her. 'Ihey quickly took to their boat, after spiking their own guns, and taking away as much of their property as the time would allow. She was immediately taken possession of: and, on examining her hold, was found to be loaded up to the hatches with cocoa, stowed in bulk. She was armed with two very long guns six-pounders, four howitzers, and a great number of niuquetoons. One of the boats went a-shore, to push for the brig's boat, which the Spaniards perceiving, immediately fled, carrying away what they could : the rest lell into our hands. From the manner of her being armed, there was no doubt of her being a letter-of- marque. Not a single paper of consequence fell into our hands, except the log-book, by which it appeared that she had sailed from Cumano on the Spanish main, and was boun...  

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