Publications of the Navy Records Society Volume 32

Publications of the Navy Records Society Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...I was on board the Triomphant at dinner with Monsieur Vaudreuil, when the Captain 1 of the Pluton came on board and informed the French admiral that he had parted with the Dutch convoy two days before in the Mona passage, and that they were steering to the northward with a fair wind. THOMAS CADOGAN. ' Depositions of E nglisk Przsoners Mr. John Hay, late gunner of his Majesty's sloop Antigua, says He was taken prisoner on the 11th May, 1781, when the French laid siege to St. Lucia; was carried to Martinique, and confined along with the ship's company in jail at St. Pierre; from thence he was embarked with 180 English prisoners on board the Pluton, part of which number were sicksoldiers taken out of the hospital at St. Lucia. From the Pluton he_ was sent, with twelve others, on board the Diadem, of seventy-four guns, Captain Montclair;2 and upon refusing to do the duty of the ship, were fed upon bread and water. An English prisoner, John Watson, mate of the Bee brig, belonging to Bristol, at that time in a bad state of health, was seized upon the capstan and beat in the most cruel manner, with sticks, on the body and soles of the feet, till he was quite insensible; after which he was, along with the master's mate of the Santa Monica, put into irons, without any reason but that of refusing to work. All which was done by order of the second captain; but since the action of the 12th April, they received better treatment. ' Comte d'A1bert de Rions, everywhere spoken of as an able officer. He became chef d'escadre in 1784; and in 1789, when the Revolution broke out, was commandant at Toulon, where, and afterwards at Brest, his experiences were exceedingly unpleasant (Chevalier, ii. 6-16). M. de Rions resigned his command, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236929624
  • 9781236929624