Where: 46.668 -53.120 Cape Race
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American vessels Captured by the British during the Revolution and War of 1812
, Nova Scotia. Vice-admiralty court, Halifax, 1911.
JOHN, ship, a recapture. " John Hunter, master of the
ship John being duly sworne deposeth that he was taken
in the said ship on his passage from Quebec to England
30th August last by the Schooner Independence John Gill
Master being an arm'd vessel having 6 carriage guns 8
swivels & 50 men, that they were taken 30 leagues S. S.
E. from Cape Race, that they the said Rebels were proceed.
ing with the said ship to Boston when Capt. John Burr in
the Milford came in sight & gave chace to them six hours
& took them 8th Sept'' instant about 30 leagues to the
Eastward of Cape Ann, that the schooner Independence
was own'd in Boston, New England." Capt. Hunter offered
to pay the one-eighth salvage to the captors, so his ship
could proceed in the service of His Majesty agreeable to
her charter party.
Note: 1 league = 3.45233834 miles.
Wilfred Brenton Kerr,
The Maritime Provinces of British North America and the American Revolution, Sackville, N.B. : Busy East Press.
But in 1778 the storm arrived. In May a
privateer of ten guns entered Great St. Lawrence
Harbor in Placentia Bay, took a Jerseyman's brig
and plundered his store-houses. Others followed
and made a good job of raiding the harbors. They
cut 22 ships out of different harbors and burnt
many boats; and one called the Minerva operated
on the Labrador coast, plundered the property of
Messrs. Noble, Pincent and Cartwright and took
off many of their servants who were glad to go.
These feats were facilitated by the bad luck of the
governor's squadron; the Spy sloop was lost off
Cape Race, the Proteus totally disabled, the Postillion
unfit to go to sea. Newfoundlanders
suffered much loss that year, many quitted the
harbors and the servants were afraid to man the
boats.35 The fortune was not all on one side,
however; when another privateer commanded by
one Grimes raided Labrador, Mr. Coghlan, owner
of the most considerable fishery there, mustered
his men and beat it off. Montagu had sent the
Surprise after the Minerva. It failed to catch her
but on entering Trinity Bay, it took another
privateer, the Harlequin. On balance, however
the privateers had much the best of it. Montagu
wrote to the merchants of the harbors to say that
he could not prevent the incursions; but if the
people would put up small batteries, he would
furnish guns and ammunition. Under this permission,
some fortification was done.
In September, a large privateer,
the General Washington, commanded by Silas
Talbot, was cruising between Cape Race and Cape
Pine: it took and plundered a few boats and prevented
vessels from putting to sea for a few days.
- Oct 1776 listing: 10/23 - 24/1776 off Cape Race. Shown as insufficient data.