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Depart from Manchoneal Harbour, in the Island of Cuba.BG
Papillon, Savanna La Mar, April 15, 1805.
SIR Having anchored at Savanna La Mar, I gained intelligence from the Master of a Droger, that a Spanish Felucca-rigged Privateer was off the West End to the very great annoyance of the coast, and being very apprehensive she might make her escape should I go after her in the Papillon, I judged it best to try and take her by stratagem. I accordingly got one of the Merchant Ships' Shallops, and dispatched Lieutenant Prieur, with 25 men disguising her as a Droger; at 8 the same evening, he fell in with the Privateer close under the land . Lieutenant Prieur, in a very cool and brave manner allowed her to row alongside, and make herself fast before the enemy discovered his mistake, he then ordered the men from below, fired a volley of musketry into her and boarded; and I am happy to inform you, in 4 minutes she was completely in our possesion. She proves to be the Conception, Spanish I Privateer, of 1 Brass 3-pounder and 25 men, well armed and equipped, about 25 Tons Burthen, out 5 Days from Manchoneal Harbour, in the Island of Cuba, and had made no captures. The loss of the enemy was considerable having had 7 men killed and drowned, and 8 badly wounded ; we, I am happy to fay, had ot!ily 2 flightly wounded ; 4 of her men swam on shore, and have since been taken up by the militia; the prisoners I landed here, who were taken charge of by the militia ; the wounded are in hospital with proper medical attendance. The conduct of Lieutenant Prieur and Mr. J. Christie, Purser, (who volunteered his services,) the Petty Officers and Men on this occasion, I cannot too highly recommend to your notice.
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