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46 THE LOG OF THE BON HOMME RICHARD

us & at Do. we made Sail gave Chase to the two Ships that were
War; The Pallas
to the leeward of us that appeared to be Ships of
and Brigg Vengeance gave Chase likewise at S P. M. The Fleet
stood in for the Land and the two Ships of War hove too ready
for engaging of us we Bore away for to meet them & got the
Ship ready for engageing (all Hands being at their Quarters) at 6
P. M. spoke the Pallas and Ordered her to Keep astern of us; at
past P. M. hoisted Signal for the rest of the Squadron to
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form line at Do. One of the Ships hailed us; Answers of no
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great Consequence return'd. The Capt. of the Ship; that appeard


to be the largest said tell me Instantly from whence you came and
who You be or I'll fire Broadside into you; finding her to be an
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Enemy discharg'd Broadside into her which She return'd after


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exchanging three or four Broadsides came to Yard Arm Yard

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Arm, which posture both ships lay the rest of the engagement;
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lash'd the Enemies Ship to Ours; after we had engag'd about an


Hour Alliance came
the up and rak'd us twice; kill'd and wounded
Number of our Men; The Engagement was so hot that both
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Ships got on fire several times; which was put out with as much
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expedition as possible the men belonging to each Ship; all this


time the engagement was exceeding warm. Both ships Keeping up
heavy fire with Cannon and small Arms; just before the engage
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ment Ended Saw the Alliance coming down upon us hailed her and
Ordered her to Board the Enemy immediately but she return'd no
answer; Shot ahead of us and raked Both Ships; the Enemy then
crying for Quarters Capt. Jones said, Haul your Colours down
then which was granted immediately our People took possession
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of her; She afterwards fir'd three Guns wounded several of Our


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Men while they were Boarding of her; She struck to us at past


10 P. M. at Do. Cast the Ship off from us, and as soon as we got
Clear of her; her Main Mast fell over the Side; She prov'd to be
the Serapis of 46 Guns the latter part of the Night all employed
putting out the fire different parts of
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the Ship and


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