HMS Greyhound 30

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The Greyhound taking possession of a Spanish 38-gun Belle Poule frigate after having boarded and carried her off Mariel, in her first single ship action with an enemy warship on September 15.

H.M.S. Greyhound:

Rating: 5th-rate Frigate

Class: Renommee

Date of Commission: September 10th, 1816

Guns: 26

Crew: 264

Status: Laid up in ordinary and temporarily decommissioned.



History:

H.M.S. Greyhound was the Spanish 30-gun frigate Condesa under Capitán de Corbeta Sebastian Cortés, which was captured by Captain the Lord Nathaniel Blatchford while in command of the H.M.S. Banterer off Cuba on August 21 1816. She was later bought into the Service by the end of August, renamed, and commissioned to Captain Blatchford in September the same year. Following the reports of the various engagements and reconnaissance patrols conducted along the coast of north-western Cuba, it was decided by the Commander-in-Chief of the Jamaica Station that the Greyhound should be stationed at Key West. The warships and merchantmen found in that area were usually much larger than the common 18-gun Royal Navy vessels crusing around Cuba, and it was supposed that the 26-gun Greyhound would seize or destroy said enemy ships more efficiently. She arrived at Key West on September 11, and captured a Spanish merchant brig as her first prize on her way there.

H.M.S. Greyhound chasing a Spanish 'Indiaman' off Mantua, capturing her after damaging her rigging.

The Greyhound is a weatherly and, above all, an extraordinary fast ship. Having just been bought into the Service, she was newly scraped and coppered before making her voyage to Key West, and Captain Blatchford spent considerable amounts of prize money on manilla cordage and new sailcloth. Her trim has been modified to squeeze every fathom of speed out of her, and she carries no quarterdeck guns for the same purpose. Upon taking command of her, Captain Blatchford brought with him most of the officers and able seamen from the Banterer, making sure that every gun had at least one veteran from his many cruises along the Cuban shores. Most of the men of her full complement of 280 were of variable experience and usefulness however, and the first two days after reaching Key West were spent training the ship's company in firing the great guns, hand-to-hand combat and boarding tactics. On September 13 and 14, the Greyhound conducted her first independent cruise as a Royal Navy man-of-war, and captured three Spanish merchantmen of various sizes and armament, one Spaniard only striking her colours after a very violent boarding action. This brought the crew together wonderfully, and whetted their appetite for more prize money.

During the night before September 15, while sailing along the Cuban shore towards Tumbado, the Greyhound was intercepted by a Spanish 38-gun Belle Poule frigate carrying 12-pounders. This was to be her first single ship action against another warship. It was by boarding across the forecastles of the two ships as they became entagled during tacking that the greyhounds were able to carry the enemy frigate, and force her to strike her colours. This did wonders to the crew's confidence in the ship and her captain, and made her captain very much attached to his ship and her crew. Any division between the old banterers and the new greyhounds dissipated, and the ship's company fought excellently in the actions on September 15. In these engagements, the Greyhound and H.M.S. Archer, under Captain Sir James Thomson, met with and captured three Spanish warships off Baja, one them a 50-gun Trincomalee frigate. A string of successful cruises followed, and Lord Blatchford was much honoured to receive the George Cross on October 1, for his significant number of victories and prizes since he arrived on the Barcos and Key West stations.

In the middle of November, the Greyhound made the voyage to Jamaica, there to be repaired and refitted at the Royal Dockyards in Port Royal by the famous shipwright Sir Nick Mickelson. Almost her entire outer hull, made of fir wood from when she first was built, was replaced by planks of the finest Bermuda cedar, adding increased strenght to her frame while still retaining her extraordinary speed. Other alterations were made to the ship's interior, ballast and rigging, increasing her speed even further. On November 19, the newly upgraded and rebuilt Greyhound returned to the Las Tortugas Station, and resumed her cruising along the shores of Cuba. The good fortune of her captain and crew continued well into the new year, and on February 19, 1817, she had captured over a dozen enemy merchantmen and warships, among them a French corvette and a pirate ship-rigged sloop of 18 guns.

I would not last, however, and her battered timbers required her to be drydocked for thorough repairs at the end of February. It was around this time that a complete reorganization of His Majesty's ships and vessels in the Caribbean was ordered from the Admiralty, causing the Greyhound to be temprorarily decomissioned and laid up in ordinary. Shortly after paying off the ship's crew, Lord Blatchford received the pleasant news that, partially because of his many succesful actions aboard the Greyhound, he had been elevated to the grand title of Earl of Stafford. Lord Blatchford therefore spent the following months in England overseeing his estates, hoping that the Greyhound would once again be used in the war with him as her captain.


British Captains:

1815-1816: Capitán de Corbeta Sebastian Cortés

1816-1817: Captain the Lord Stafford

1817-present: Laid up in ordinary


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Excerpts from the Logbook (Player Versus Player):

  • September 1816
Sunday, September 11, SSW of Key West, course NE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 12 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to NE bearing S, bore up and engaged. The enemy was quickly boarded and carried, her cargo of fish meat was seized, and she was manned with a prize crew and sent to Key West.
Tuesday, September 13, WNW of Baja, course NE, hands employed scraping the masts. At 1/2 to 10 observed Spanish 'Indiaman' to NE bearing SW, bore up and closed to range. The enemy struck her colours after a short chase, her substantial cargo of fish meat, sugar, historical artifacts and Batavian spices was seized, and she was manned with a prize crew and sent to Key West.
Wednesday, September 14, W of Bahía Honda, course NE, hands variously employed. At 3/4 to 11 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to N bearing ENE, bore up and engaged. After a short chase, the enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her cargo of fir and live oak logs, and after being manned with a prize crew she set sail for Key West.
Wednesday, September 14, E of La Habana, course NNE, hands employed about the ship. At 11 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to E bearing WSW, bore up to intercept. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Key West.
Thursday, September 15, N of Mariel, course WNW, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 2 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Belle Poule' frigate to WSW bearing E, closed to range and engaged. Attempted to cut her rigging at extreme range while working to windward, then we bore down upon her to board while she was attempting to tack. The enemy was boarded and carried at 2, and sent with a prize crew for Key West.
Thursday, September 15, E of Tumbado, course ENE, hands variously employed. In company of Captain Thomson in H.M.S. 'Archer', at 2 observed Spanish 'Trader Snow' ESE bearing ENE, closed to range. After some inital broadsides the enemy struck her colours. Seized her cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Tumbado.
Thursday, September 15, NNE of Mantua, course NE, hands employed trimming the sails in foul weather. In company of Captain Thomson in H.M.S. 'Archer', at 3/4 to 3 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Frigate' NE bearing NE, gave chase. Followed her into a narrow inlet, where she was promtly boarded and carried. Manned her with a prize crew, which set sail for Key West.
Thursday, September 15, NNE of Baja, course ENE, hands employed reefing topsails in foul weather. In company of Captain Thomson in H.M.S. 'Archer', at 1/2 to 3 observed Spanish 18-gun 'Rattlesnake' SE bearing WSW, bore up and engaged. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Manned her with a price crew, and sent her to Key West.
Thursday, September 15, NW of Baja, course WSW, hands employed trimming the sails in foul weather. In company of Captain Thomson in H.M.S. 'Archer', at 1/4 to 3 observed Spanish 50-gun 'Trincomalee' frigate SSW bearing ENE, was intercepted shortly after. After we cut up her rigging and raked her, the enemy was boarded and carried. Manned her with a prize crew, which set sail for Key West.
Friday, September 16, NE of Baja, course NE, hands variously employed. At 1/4 to 8 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to SE bearing WNW, bore up and engaged. The enemy was immediately reinforced by a squadron of warships, and although the enemy merchantman was boarded and carried, we were unable to bring her out of the fighting, and she was abandoned as we disengaged.
Sunday, September 18, WSW of Bahía Honda, course WSW, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 9 observed Spanish 'Les Gros Ventre' to ENE bearing ENE, intercepted and closed to range. The enemy was quickly boarded and carried, and her cargo of sugar, fish meat, stone blocks and live oak logs was seized. The sugar was stowed in the 'Greyhound', and the merchantman and remaining cargo was sunk due to the high risk of recapture. Was immediately intercepted by a Spanish frigate squadron, and managed to disengage to the N in heavy rain.
Monday, September 19, WNW of Corrientes, course NW, hands variously employed. At 9 observed Spanish 26-gun 'Cerberus' frigate to WNW bearing WSW, closed to range. A cannonade of chain was exchanged at long range, until we managed to force the enemy in irons and board her, and the enemy struck her colours. She was manned with a prize crew and sent for Key West.
Tuesday, September 20, NE of Mantua, course NNE, hands employed about the ship. At 8 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Surprise' frigate to NE bearing SW, closed to range and engaged. Cut up her rigging at range before bearing down to board her. The enemy crew was cut down on her decks, and the prize was manned with a crew and sent for Key West.
Tuesday, September 20, N of Mantua, course ENE, hands variously employed. At 1/2 to 10 observed Spanish 28-gun 'Indiaman' armed merchantman to NE bearing WSW, close to range and intercepted her. After a long running chase, the enemy struck her colours at 10. Seized her cargo of fish meat, sealed bottles, sugar and tree logs, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Key West.
Saturday, September 24, WNW of Baja, course NE, hands employed trimming sails. At 4 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to NE bearing WSW, bore up to intercept. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Key West.
Sunday, September 25, N of Mariel, course NE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 12 observed Spanish 'Trader Snow' to E bearing E, bore up and engaged. The enemy merchantman was boarded and carried, her cargo of fish meat seized, and she was manned with a prize crew and sent for Key West.
Sunday, September 25, NW of Bahía Honda, course WSW, hands variously employed. At 12 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to WSW bearing ENE, bore up to intercept. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her cargo of sugar, fir logs and fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Key West.
Sunday, September 25, N of Bahía Honda, course ESE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 1 observed Spanish 28-gun 'Indiaman' armed merchantman to N bearing S, intercepted and closed to range. The enemy was swiftly boarded and carried, and upon inspection she was found to be carrying her maximum weight in tobacco. Stowed some tobacco in the 'Greyhound', before sinking the merchantman and her remaining cargo due to the high risk of recapture.
Monday, September 26, N of Mantua, course NE, hands employed preparing the rigging for foul weather. At 9 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Surprise' frigate to SW bearing NE, turned to engage as the enemy closed to intercept. Cut her rigging at range while working to windward, put about to close with her, and came alongside her shortly after. The enemy was boarded and carried, manned with a prize crew, and set sail for Key West.


  • October 1816
Monday, October 4, NW of Mantua, course WSW, hands employed about the ship. At 3/4 to 10 observed Spanish 'Les Gros Ventre' to SW bearing NW, bore up and engaged. The enemy merchantman was boarded and carried, her substantial cargo of sugar seized, and she was manned with a prize crew and sent for Key West.
Wednesday, October 5, N of Matanzas, course WNW, hands variously employed. At 3/4 to 5 observed Spanish 30-gun 'Renommee' frigate to NNW bearing SSE, was intercepted shortly after. After several attempts at closing with the enemy, in which we were heavily battered, the enemy was boarded and carried at 5. She was manned with a prize crew and sent for Key West.
Wednesday, October 5, W of Mantua, course SW, hands exercising the great guns. At 1/4 to 7 observed Spanish 28-gun 'Indiaman' armed merchantman to S bearing N, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, and we seized her cargo of fir logs and copper ore, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Key West.
Tuesday, October 11, NW of Bahía Honda, course ENE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 6 observed Spanish 18-gun 'Rattlesnake' ship sloop to ESE bearing SW, intercepted and engaged. Shot away her bowsprit, boarded her and took her a prize after closing to range. She was manned with a prize crew, and set sail for Key West.
Thursday, October 13, N of Baja, course W, hands variously employed. At 1/4 to 12 observed Spanish 'Trader Snow' to WSW bearing ENE, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, and her cargo of tree logs, ship building materials, cotton and beer was seized. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Key West.
Thursday, October 13, NNW of Bahía Honda, course ENE, hands variously employed. At 3/4 to 1 observed Spanish 'Trader Snow' to E bearing NNW, intercepted and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, and her cargo of fish meat was seized. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Key West.
Thursday, October 13, NNW of Bahía Honda, course NW, hands at quarters. At 1/4 to 1 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Surprise' frigate to NNE bearing SSW, was intercepted shortly after. After a much prolonged fight, the enemy lost her foretopmast and mizzen topmast, and attempted to disengage. The enemy was overhauled, boarded and carried, and she struck her colours at 2. She was manned with a prize crew and sent away for Key West.
Sunday, October 16, NNE of Bahía Honda, course E, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 1 observed Spanish 26-gun 'Cerberus' frigate to E bearing WNW, intercepted and engaged. The enemy was disabled at close range, boarded and carried. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Key West.
Sunday, October 16, SW of Bahía Honda, course NE, hands variously employed. At 1/2 to 12 observed Spanish 'Trader Snow' to NE bearing NE, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, and her cargo of coal seized. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Key West.
Sunday, October 16, NNW of La Habana, course E, hands employed about the ship. At 5 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Surprise' frigate to S bearing NNW, allowed her to intercept me. The enemy was disabled at longe range, boarded and carried. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Key West.
Tuesday, October 18, NNE of Mariel, course NE, hands variously employed. At 5 observed Spanish 50-gun 'Trincomalee' frigate to N bearing SE, intercepted and closed to range. The enemy frigate was boarded and carried. Took possession of her and her cargo of rum, tobacco, fish meat, copper coins and silver coins, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Key West.
Thursday, October 20, N of Bahía Honda, course NW, hands employed about the ship. At 10 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to NW at anchor, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried. Took possession of her and her cargo of Danish beer, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Friday, October 21, NE of La Habana, course ENE, hands knotting and splicing rigging. At 1/4 to 7 observed Spanish 24-gun modified 'Constitution' frigate to S bearing E, intercepted and closed to range. The enemy frigate was boarded and carried. Took possession of her, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Friday, October 21, E of Conttoy, course WSW, hands at quarters. At 1/2 to 9 observed Spanish 18-gun 'Rattlesnake' ship sloop to WSW bearing W, closed to range and engaged. The enemy attempted to take shelter under the guns of the Conttoy forts. While under fire from the forts, the enemy was boarded and carried. Took possession of her, manned her with a prize crew, and managed to take her out of range of the forts. She was then escorted to Tumbado.
Saturday, October 22, NNE of Baja, course ENE, hands at quarters. At 1/2 to 9 observed an unarmed Spanish 'Surprise' frigate to SSE bearing ENE, intercepted and engaged. After a short chase, the enemy struck her colours. She turned out to be fully manned, but with no guns, and an empty hold. She was manned with a prize crew and escorted to Las Tortugas.


  • November 1816
Thursday, November 3, NW of La Habana, course ENE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 10 observed Spanish 18-gun 'Rattlesnake' ship sloop to ENE bearing NW, bore up and engaged. The enemy struck her colours. We took possession of her, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Saturday, November 5, NW of Bahía Honda, course SSE, hands knotting and splicing rigging. At 1 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to SE bearing NW, intercepted and engaged. After strenuous maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Took possession of her and her cargo of Burgundian wine, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Saturday, November 5, NE of Ysil, course SW, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 6 observed Pirate 'Trader Brig' to SE bearing E, intercepted and engaged. The enemy's flight to the west caused her to come within the range of the fort of Ysil, and the pirate vessel was swiftly sunk. The fort then turned its guns on us, forcing us to leave any survivors behind.
Sunday, November 6, NE of La Habana, course ESE, hands variously employed. At 12 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to ESE bearing E, closed to range and engaged. The enemy struck her colours, and her cargo of compass wood, mahogany logs and fish meat was seized. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Las Tortugas.
Sunday, November 13, NE of La Habana, course NE, hands knotting and splicing rigging. At 1/2 to 9 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Surprise' frigate to NNW, at anchor, and engaged directly. The enemy was boarded and carried, and we seized her cargo of fish meat and sealed bottles. She was manned with a prize crew and sent for Las Tortugas.
Monday, November 14, W of Mariel, course ENE, hands variously employed. At 1/2 to 8 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to ESE bearing W, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, though upon taking possession we found that her crew had jettisoned their cargo. Manned her with a prize crew, and sent her to Las Tortugas.
Tuesday, November 15, SE of Las Tortugas, course SE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 10 observed Spanish 38-gun 'Surprise' frigate to ESE, at anchor, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her to Las Tortugas.
Friday, November 18, ENE of La Habana, course WNW, hands variously employed. At 1/2 to 7 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to WSW bearing E, bore up to intercept. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her cargo of various shipbuilding materials, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Saturday, November 19, NE of La Habana, course E, hands variously employed. At 1/2 to 6 observed Pirate 18-gun 'Rattlesnake' ship sloop to ENE bearing NW in pursuit of a Spanish 'Trader Cutter', intercepted the pirate. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Las Tortugas. This capture marks the 100th prize taken off Cuba since July.


  • December 1816
Thursday, December 1, W of Las Tortugas, course NNW, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 8 observed Spanish 26-gun 'Renommee' frigate to N bearing S, gave chase and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, manned with a prize crew, and set sail for Las Tortugas.
Saturday, December 3, NW of La Habana, course ESE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 3 observed Spanish 18-gun 'Rattlesnake' ship sloop to SE bearing NW, closed to range and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried. Seized her cargo of fine oak wood and compass wood, manned with a prize crew, and sent for Las Tortugas.
Saturday, December 3, NE of La Habana, course ESE, hands variously employed. At 1/2 to 10 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to SE bearing E, bore up and engaged. The enemy was boarded and carried, and her cargo of fish meat seized. She was manned with a prize crew and set sail for Key West.
Saturday, December 3, N of La Habana, course ENE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 11 observed Spanish 'Indiaman' to E bearing NW, gave chase and engaged. The enemy struck her colours, though upon taking possession we found that her crew had jettisoned their cargo. Manned her with a prize crew, and sent her to Las Tortugas.
Monday, December 5, SW of Las Tortugas, course SW, hands employed about the ship. At 3/4 to 5 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to W bearing N, bore up in chase. As we passed W of Las Tortugas, we were intercepted by a Spanish 30-gun 'Renommee' frigate from E, resulting in an engagement in which the enemy ships joined forces. The enemy frigate was swiftly boarded and carried, and the merchantman managed to escape to N. The enemy frigate was manned with a prize crew and made her way into Las Tortugas.
Monday, December 5, NNE of Matanzas, course E, hands variously employed. At 1/4 to 7 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to NE bearing WNW, bore up to intercept. After having her rigging cut and stern raked, the enemy struck her colours. Seized her cargo of gold, silver and copper coins, rum, labor contracts and fish meat, manned her with a prize crew, and sent her for Las Tortugas.


  • January 1817
Friday, January 6, WNW of Matanzas, course NE, hands employed about the ship. At 3/4 to 3 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to NNE bearing SSE, bore up and engaged. Several exchanges of broadsides followed, though after having received a prolonged raking fire the enemy was boarded and carried. We took possession of her and her meager cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Monday, January 16, ESE of Las Tortugas, course NNW, hands variously employed. At 3/4 to 6 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to NNW bearing SSW, bore up to intercept. After some maneuvering, the enemy was boarded and carried. We took possession of her and her meager cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Sunday, January 22, NNW of Mariel, course NNE, hands employed about the ship. At 2 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to NNE bearing S, bore up and engaged. The enemy upheld a steady course for Mariel, and despite several warning shots and opportunities to surrender, we were obliged to sink her before we came within range of the nearby fort and towers. Collected survivors and returned to Las Tortugas.
Sunday, January 22, NE of Baja, course SW, hands knotting and splicing rigging. At 5 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to SW lying at anchor under the fort of Baja, prepared boarders and closed with her. While under heavy fire from the nearby fort and tower, we came alongside her, fired a broadside of grape and boarded her. The enemy was quickly boarded and carried, and swiftly manning her with handpicked men we sailed both ships out of the fort's range. Safely brought her cargo of fish meat to Key West.
Sunday, January 29, NE of Bahía Honda, course SE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/4 to 5 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to SE bearing W, closed to range and engaged. Came alongside, and presently the enemy was boarded and carried. We took possession of her and her meager cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Monday, January 30, NNW of Mariel, course W, hands variously employed. At 11 observed French 26-gun 'Rattlesnake Heavy' ship sloop to NNW bearing ENE, bore up and engaged. After close maneuvering and exchanges of broadsides, the enemy struck her colours. We took possession of her, manned her with a prize crew and escorted her to Las Tortugas.


  • February 1817
Saturday, February 11, N of La Habana, course ENE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 12 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to NE bearing NW, bore up and engaged. Exchanged chain shot at range, and the enemy struck her colours. We took possession of her and her meager cargo of fish meat, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Sunday, February 12, NNE of La Habana, course W, hands variously employed. At 2 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to SSW bearing NNE, bore up to intercept. Closed with her immediately, and the enemy was quickly boarded and carried. Took possession of her and her substantial cargo of Iberian dried pork, and escorted her to Las Tortugas.
Sunday, February 12, WNW of Bahía Honda, course NNE, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 9 observed Spanish 20-gun 'Les Gros Ventre' armed merchantman to ENE bearing NNW, bore up and gave chase. The enemy fled to the westward, and was not intercepted until we were well to the NW of Mantua. Once the engagement was forced upon her, the enemy was swiftly boarded and carried. Took possession of her and her substantial cargo of coal, manned her with a prize crew and sent her for Las Tortugas.
Sunday, February 19, SE of Key West, course N, hands employed about the ship. At 1/2 to 9 observed Spanish 'Trader Brig' to NW bearing ENE, closed to range and engaged. Cut up her rigging at close range, and as the enemy hove to we fired a broadside of grape at point blank before making her fast. The enemy was boarded and carried, and her substantial cargo of Sevilla muskets were seized. Manned her with a prize crew and escorted her to Las Tortugas.