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Posted by Brian on Thursday 12th of June 2014 16:44
The London GazettePublication date:6 January 1672London Jan. 6 From Captain Thomas Fowles, Commander of the King Solomon of London, Merchantman, we have this following letter dated the 16th of December at St. Ives in Cornwal. On Friday last we departed from O Porto in company of several other merchant men but the next day in a storm we lost them all; on Christmas day about 10 a clock in the forenoon I came up with a Dutch Caper, Pink of 90 tuns 12 guns and 100 men, S.W. from Scilly about 10 leagues, it being smooth water and little wind, with whom we were engaged till sunset and most of the time within pistol shot, so that we were in pretty smart service; my Mate is killed and one seamen only wounded, although we suppose the enemy must have lost more men. All our sails are shot in pieces, our tackle cut, our masts and yards very much damaged, yet the hulk of our ship is in pretty good condition; we shot away all the powder we had, and all the shot, bags of stone and pieces of iron we could find in the ship. About four a clock in the afternoon both of us came to, and drinking a health to each other, took our leaves, though we could hardly part for want of sails.