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Title: Captain Michael Jordan, Holyhead to Owner of Ship Boyne.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCapt. Michael Jordan/8
SenderCaptain Michael Jordan
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationship captain
Sender Religionunknown
OriginHolyhead, Wales
Recipient Gendermale
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.9807953
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 04:08:98.
Word Count201
TranscriptExtract of a letter from Captain Michael Jordan of the
[ship?] Boyne, now in Holyhead, to one of the owners here
dated 23 Nov. 1756. - On the 12th inst. about 7 o'clock
we saw a sail, which having the wind, bore down upon
us and about 10 o'clock was within gunshot. As our ship
was deeply laden and the sea very lofty, we could not
fight the main deck guns, I therefore thought it in
vain to engage a ship of so much superior force and
thought of a scheme which was successful. I, with
seventeen men, hid in the hold and took arms with us.
I left the chief mate and second mate with 16 men and
boys on deck, the former passed as master and when
the Lieutenant of the privateer boarded he sent them
with 14 hands on board and remained with 12 hands
in his prize. About 8 o'clock at night, finding a
favourable opportunity we sallied on deck and after
an obstinate resistance, I got the ship in possession.
The Lieutenant and one man are wounded but my people are
all well. I have but seven seamen on board, the others
are landsmen & boys. Pray let me know how I am to
dispose of the prisoners. The privateer was called
"The Admiral of Bayonne." I threw all my papers