Firth of Forth
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Edgar Stanton Maclay,
A History of the United States Navy from 1775 to 1894, Volume 1, Pp 112-113. D. Appleton & Company, 1895.
Learning that a British sloop of war of twenty guns
was at anchor in the Firth of Forth, Captain Jones
resolved to capture her, and at the same time secure
a large contribution from the people under threat of
laying the city of Leith in ashes. While working up
to windward of the Firth, of Forth for this purpose,
the cruisers had come almost within reach of the town
when a heavy gale carried them out to sea. The
wind blew with such violence that a prize, taken on
the 14th [September 1779], foundered, and it was with the greatest difficulty
that her people were rescued. Before the attempt
on Leith could be renewed the country had been
thoroughly alarmed, and troops from Edinburgh, only
a mile distant, were hurried down to defend the place.
- September 1779 Not found.