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Where: 54.571 -5.200 Ranger/Drake
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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.
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