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Where: 54.571 -5.200 Ranger/Drake

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  • Archive Allen, Gardner Weld, A Naval History of the American Revolution, Vol.I, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1913. Scanned by Google. Ocr'd to make full-text searchable by JR. Pp.348 ff.
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    The week's cruise in the Irish Sea ended with a notable event in our early naval history, which Jones relates in his letter to the commissioners at Faxis. ('On the morning of the 24th I was again off Carrickfergns and would have gone in had Ipot seen the Drake preparing to come out. It was very moderate and the Drake's boat was sent out to r e connoitre the Ranger. As the boat advanced I kept the ship's stern directly towards her and, though they had a spy glaes in the boat, they came on within hail and alongside. When the officer came on the quarterdeck he was greatly surprised to find himself a prisoner, although an express had arrived from Whitehaven the night before. I now understood what I had before imagined, that the Drake came out, in consequence of this information, with volunteers against the Ranger. The officer told me a h that they had taken up the Ranger's anchor. The Drake was attended by five small vessels full of people who were led by curiosity to sea an engagement. But when they saw the Drake's boat at the Ranger's stern they wisely put back. Alarm smokes now appeared in great abundance, extending along on both sides of the channel. The tide was unfavorable, so that the Drake worked out but slowly. This obliged me to run down several times and to lay with courses up and main-topsail to the mast. At length the Drake weathered the point and, having led her out to about midchannel, I suffered her to come within hail. The Drake hoisted English colors and at the same instant the American stare were displayed on board the Ranger. I expected that prefm had been now at an end, but the enemy soon after hailed, demanding what ship it waa ? I directed the master to answer, the American Continental ship Ranger, that we waited for them and desired that they would come on; the sun was now little more than an hour from setting, it was therefore time to begin.' The Drake being astern of the Ranger, I ordered the helm up and gave her the first broadside. The action waa warm, close, and obstinate. It lasted an hour and four minutes, when the enemy called for quarters, her fore and main-topsail yards being both cut away' and down on the cap, the topgallant yard and mizengaff both hanging up and down along the mast, the second ensign which they had hoisted shot away and hanging on the quarter-gallery in the water, the jib shot away and hanging in the water, her saib and rigging entirely cut to pieces, her masts and yards all wounded, and her hull also very much galled. I lost only Lieutenant Wallingsford and one seaman, John Dougall, killed, and six wounded, among whom are the gunner, Mr. Falls, and Mr. Powers, a midshipman, who lost his arm. One of the wounded, Nathaniel Wills, is since dead; the rest will recover." 1 Jones estimated the British loss at forty-two killed and wounded, but it was probably less; the captain was killed and the lieutenant mortally wounded.

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