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|Nationality||Royaume de France|
|Home Port||Dunkerque - Flanders||ref:692|
Took under Captain Dumont 5 prizes : "Marthe et Julie" , ...ref:692
Under Captain Dumont , homeport Dunkirk
Under Captain Faillant , homeport Calais
Number of swivels : 4 or 14 ??
Admiralty Office, January 7.
Extract of a letter from Capt. Bray, Commander of His Majesty's Armed Vessel the Adventure, to Admiral Smith, dated in Dungeness Road, the 2d of January 1758.
Being at an anchor here, yesterday afternoon, about 1 o'Clock, saw a snow reach in for the Nefs: At first took her for a Man of War : However we cleared ship, and veered away to the splice on the windlass. About 2 cut the Splice, and made sail large, a few minutes after began to fire at each other, when judging he intended to rake us, I ordered the helm to be put hard a port, which had the desired effect of laying her athwart hawse, her bowsprit coming in between our main and mizen masts. We immediately passed the end of the mizen-top-sail sheet through his bobstay, and made it fast , but fearing to lose so good an opportunity, arid that they would get clear of us, got a hawser, and passed it 3 times round her bowsprit, and the capston on our quarter-deck, so that the action depended chiefly on the small arms, which was very smart about 1 hour. She then struck her colours, but upon our boarding her, began to fire again, which was soon si-lenqed. She proves to be the Machault Privateer of Dunkirk, 14 9-pounders and 182 men, Jean Jacques Verhulst, Commander, and came from thence the fame morning. I cannot exactly say but from the best information lean as yet get, we have killed and wounded 40 men, with the loss of only 1 killed, and 2 wounded, on our side. It appears by a Letter from Admiral Smith, that Captain Bray and the Pilot were the Persons who passed the Hawser round the Privateer's bowsprit, and secured it to the capston on the Adventure's Quarter Deck.