The Halsewell Logbook, 28th October, 1781

Fresh Winds form the Northward with a large swell. PM moderating got up Top gallant Mast and Main Top Gallant Yard


Saturday 27

Winds variable at 12 past 4 AM Weighed and got as high as the Pan Sand, but falling little Wind Run back again as did the other Ships Anchord in 7F Walter with the Best Bower, the Buoy of the Pan Patch Sand NNE Distance about 1/2 a Mile


Sunday 28

Northerly winds and small Rain at 5 AM Weighed & got as high as the Buoy of the Mouse and a1/3 part ?? Anchored with the Best Bower 11? F water the Buoy of the Mouse NNW 1 ½ Mile. At Noon came on board 2 of his Majesty’s Lieutenants to impress our Men which they resisted and arm’d to defend themselves. At 5 AM Weighed and at ½ past 9 Am past the Conquistadore at the Nore, was Fird at by several Ships, but could not bring our ship too, the People refusing to blew the sails up and let go the anchor; his Majestys Frigate the Albemarle Captain Nelson’s ship firing shot at us one of which struck off the ?? of the Main Mast another through the main Topsail and several overhead, when the Officer came to let go the Topsail Halyards found them ript aloft, at last with difficulty the Chief and 4 Mates let go the Anchor aft standing the ship being head right on for the shore and having fresh way when ?? up for found ourselves in ?2F of the ?? of the Nore?? Came on board Captain Nelson with offers to our People which they all refused


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