1757 Major Craven
Extratl from the 'Journal of Captain John DodBonell, of Us MajeJIfs Packet "Boat the Harriot, nvbo was attacked and engaged by a French Privateer, in bis Baffage from New Tori to Falmouth, AW. n. I757 At half paft Three, P. M. began the Engagement, which held for three glaffes and upwards, within half rutoioiioi: ; we receivea ner nnc r ire 01 gicat vjujis auu fmall Arms from her Larboard Side, which we returned very brifkly; (he fliot a - head Of us to give us her Star - board Broadfide. which crave us an Opportunity to dve her our Larboard Broadfide. which had a good EfFecl, for we fhot away her Maintopfail Tye and Forefail Sheet with Part of her Head and Bob - Stays and otherwife hul - led her, that fhe lay like a Wreck ; obferving fhe offered not to repair her Rigging, I made fail, Handing on my proper Lourfe ; (he lay ftill in the fame Poiition until we rah her Hull down. , We are much damaged in our Sails, very dangeroufly, in the Arm 5 one of the Sailors in the Thigh ; and the Mate in the Thigh; a Captain of a tranJport Ship, who was a PafTenger, flightly, witn a Splinter, and an Officer of the Army, a PafTenger like - wife, fhot through the Arm, myfelf flightly wounded up - ontheBreaft, with a Bullet, which had loft its Force by coming through the Quarter - deck rail oppofiteto me. Our Efcape was greatly, owing to our Paffengers, who behaved themfelves very gallantly with their fmall Arms, and cer - tainly killed or wounded many; as they were as thick as they could well Hand together. " The Names of our Paffengers were as follow, the late Governor of Pennfylvania, Mr. Morris, Major Cra - ven, Major Hargrove, Lieutenant Price, LieutenantE brington, Enfign Nicholfon, Enfign Wilhamfon, Xieutc - nant Swainton. in theNaw. Mr. Fairfax. Mr. Wilftoa - . . . 4 holm of Virginia, a Captain of a Tranfport, a Widovr Lady, a Son of Major Craven's, Mr. Mafon, two Servant Men, and Mr. Gardner, junior, of Boston. This happened happened in Latitude 49 30 - She mounted 18 Carriage Guns, a new Ship, full of Men, and feemed not to have been long at Sea. Afterwards, as we were fcudding before the Wind, the Sea exceeding high and dangerous, a full Sei broke upon us, carried away our Boat - boonis, Steering - fails, and did other very confiderable Damage, wafhei two Men overboard, one of whom was drowned, myfel almoft warned from the Quarter - deck. With thefe two Misfortune's the Ship is ahnoft a Wreck; had fhe not been almoft a new Ship, not a Perfon on board could have lived to have given the Account."