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Title: News of the Ships Revenge, Boston & Sturdy Beggar.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLarne, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre ships
SourceD 2015/5/7: Transcribed from the Belfast Newsletter. Presented by C.L. Davis, 59 Maryville Park, Malone, Belfast 9.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9807985
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 04:08:98.
Word Count438
TranscriptLast Thursday evening entered the harbour of Larne
in distress the Revenge privateer of Brest mounting
26 - 9 & 6 pounders 4 cohorns and several swivels,
her burthen about 350 tons, complement of men leaving
Brest 229. Upon information thereof the Boston
frigate then in this harbour turned out and took
her into possession with her reduced crew consisting
of about 100. She sailed from Brest about seven week
since and cruised from Cork along the South and West
Coasts of Ireland. On the 28th March the Sturdy
Beggar privateer of Greenock Capt. Taylor burthen 150
tons having 14 6 and 6 short 12 pounders and 68 men
sailed form thence on a cruise and on the 18th fell in
with the Revenge in company with a prize when as
desperate an action ensued as probably any other that
has happened in the course of the war. The engagement
continued 6 hours, during most of which time they were
within one hundred yards distant from each other, so
that both ships were almost torn to pieces and the
Greenock privateer dismasted. In this condition by
the swelling of the sea they came close together when
about 30 of the Frenchmen boarded the Scotch vessel
from the bowsprit whereupon a bloody conflict ensued
with cutlasses, hand to hand, which remained doubtful
for half an hour after which the Sturdy Beggar struck,
being almost a wreck and having 21 killed and 9 wounded.
No information has yet been received of the number which
fell on the part of the French vessel. To make the
catastrophe the more melancholy the Sturdy Beggar has
since been wrecked on the coast of Isla on her passage
to Brest with eleven of her former crew and 23 French
and all on board perished. Six of them were French
gentlemen who went out as volunteers. After the action,
the stormy weather and damage received by the Revenge
prevented her from making homewards and after being tossed
about for eight days the French Captain put her under
the care of Capt. Taylor in order that he might take
her into a port of safety, in consequence of which they
put her into Larne. When the men were landed last
Thursday, the press gang surrounded the house where
the Greenock seamen (who had acted with such desperate
bravery) were lodged and seized six of them, the rest 29
in number, escaped by the back door. Seventy three of
the prisoners were yesterday brought up here, the
remainder consisting of wounded men and officers being
left on board the Revenge under the care of a French
Letter from Larne May 1st 1779.