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La Belle Etoile
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Admiralty-Office, April 3, 1810.
Copy of a letter from Captain Maitland, of His Majesty's Ship the Emerald, addressed to Vice-Admiral Whitsbed, and transmitted by the latter to John Wilson Croker, Esq.
Sir, Emerald, at Sea, March 23, 1810.
I have the honour to acquaint you, that His Majesty's Ship Emerald, yesterday evening, at 9 o'Clock, took the Belle Etoile, of Marseille, a very fine Ship, Letter of Marque, carrying 56 men, and 8 guns, though pierced for 20 ; 4 days out from Bayonne, bound to the Isle of France, with a Cargo of wine, flour, oil, and various other merchandize.
The Belle Etoile was discovered from the Mast-Head of this Ship at Half past Nine A. M., and the chafe lasted (wiih a very strong Breeze) nearly 12 hours; during the latter part of which she threw 4 guns, most of her water, and a part of her provisions overboard. She is 350 Tons Burthen, only 15 months old, had made but one trip to Guadaloupe, and appears to sail in a most superior stile.
I am, Sec.
F. I- MAITLAND