Sunday, April 15, 2012
Seafaring Sunday: Rising States Meets Terrible
Apr. 16th: Still in chase Fired several shots at her Chase struck her colours and Shortened Sail, we began to take in our Sails brought to as did the chase. Hoisted our Boat and sent an Officer on Board She proved to be an American Privateer Brigg called the Rising States, Capt Thompson Commander Carr, 12 six pounders eight of which she had hove overboard chased and 61 men She had taken three English vessels.
~ from the log of Captain Richard Bickerton, 74-gun HMS Terrible, 1777
Header: Continental Navy Jack c 1777 which may have been the “American Colours” spoken of by Captain Bickerton