1758 Invincible Accident and salvage work
ExtraS of a Letter from Portfmcutk, dat'd Fib. 22. ' Monday arrived at Spichead from the Downs his Ma ' jelly's Ship Dunkii k and Firedrake Sloop, as did the * India Company's Ship Pitt of 50 Guns, and one india- ' man, with feveral Merchantmen under Convey of the ' former. ' The Invincible has fo much Water in her Hold, that * it is almoft on a Level with the Water on the Outfide ' Her Guns and all her Stores will, 1 believe, be pretty ' well got out ; her Powder, Bread and Flour are all wet ' There is a 20 Gun Ship and feveral Tenders about her ' to help to unload her. All her Marts are ftanding, nei* ther of which, ncr her Rigging, has received any Da' mage. All pollible Means will be ufed to get her off, ' bu: it is thought by moft that (he is fo faft in the Sand as ' to render it impracticable. Her Longboat funk along * fide of her on Sunday ; two other Longboats which 4 went to her Affiftance fhared the fame Fate, fo great a 4 Sea ran on the Bank where fhe fliuck. The Mailer in 4 his Hurry when the Ship (truck, jumped from a coniide- * rableHeighth upon the Head of a Cask, which broke ' in with him, and he fell a-ftride upon the Edge of the 4 Cask, which wounded him fo terribly in his Fork, that * his Life is defpaired of. 4 Tuefday came into the Harbour his Majefty's Ships York and Firedrake. 4 Same Day anived atSpithead his Majefty's Ships from * St. Helen's.'