Cape Race

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Where: 46.668 -53.120 Cape Race

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  • Google American vessels Captured by the British during the Revolution and War of 1812 , Nova Scotia. Vice-admiralty court, Halifax, 1911. p.43-44
    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.

  • Archive Wilfred Brenton Kerr, The Maritime Provinces of British North America and the American Revolution, Sackville, N.B. : Busy East Press. Pp.114-115
    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.
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  • Oct 1776 listing: 10/23 - 24/1776 off Cape Race. Shown as insufficient data.

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