Essequebo and Demerary Royal Gazette 1812 December 12
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1812.
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them,; they are all in good repair, and afford every convenience for an
extensive business, and may be viewed every day previous to the sale. - Also
their remaining stock of goods, without reserve, consisting of the following
articles - Irish mess pork in half barrels, excellent Madeira wine per dozen,
old rum in kegs, loaf sugar, table cloths, netted muslin, vest patterns, and
quilting, a parcel of books, consisting of English and French Grammars and
Dictionaries, Scot's Geography, Letter-Writter, Swift's Works, Yorick's
Journey, Falconer's Shipwreck, Mair's Book-Keeping, Leighton on Peter, Harvey's
Meditations, Scotch Heiress, Adventurer, Romain's Works, History of Glasgow,
blank books, travelling maps, slates, pencils, &c. mixed spices in
canisters, fish sauce and pickles, Day and Martin's blacking, plane-irons,
hinges and bolts, coopers' jointers with spare-irons, broad axes, adzes,
rivets, saws, hammers and iron squares, metal tea-spoons, gilt and plated
buttons, paint and tar brushes, negro jackets, ditto trowsers and Guernsey
frocks, tea-trays, iron pots, boiling-house lamps, sein twine, single and
double blocks, mast-hoops, jib-hanks, grindstones, cordage, an iron-chest,
rum-vats, a parcel of trunks, and what further may appear on the day of sale.
Tuesday, the 19th of January, 1813, at the Vendue-Office, by Order of John
Barnwell, Esq. q.q. - Ten Field Negroes.
King's House. [heading]
Arrivals since our last - The Brig Herald, Capt. W. Kissock, from Gibraltar; the Fame, Capt. Greenidge, from Barbados; a Vessel last from Cayenne; and the Manchester Packet, Capt. Lawrence, with the October Mail.
From Barbados, the only intelligence of importance is, that "by the way of St. Bartholomew, American papers to the 4th ult. have reached us, from which we have extracted the official letter of Major-General Rensselacre [sic – Rensselaer?] to General Dearborn, detailing his defeat in an attempt to possess himself of the post of Queenstown, by the British forces in Canada commanded in the outset by General Brook, who was unfortunately killed in action; when the command devolved on and was ably conducted by General Sheaffe, who is now Commander of the Troops in the Upper Province of Canada."
The Packet, in consequence of bringing London Papers only to the 17th of October, has not of course communicated any thing new.
Five, P.M. - We stop the Press to announce the return of the Opossum, (which left this River for Barbados yesterday,) with a Ship in company - supposed to be a Re-Capture. They are both a-ground on the Bar.
The Vessel, before-stated to have arrived from Cayenne, came in under Potuguese [sic] colours; but has since been seized by the Officers of His Majesty's Customs, on suspicion of being American property.
In the above mentioned vessel, returned to this colony, the Hon. Colin Macrae, and H. Frost, Esqr. The latter gentleman, it will be recollected, was a passenger hence, in the Prince Adolphus packet, already announced as captured; but to the particulars of which, we have hitherto been strangers. It now appears, however, that the Packet was taken by the American privateer Governor M'Kean, Lucat, commander, mounting six six-pounders and one long twelve, on the 8th of August; and that she was carried into Philadelphia on the 24th. But, the most extraordinary circumstance attending her loss - was the surrender of Capt. Boulderson, without firing a gun! - and that too, in defiance of the entreaties and remonstrances of the passengers and crew! - A conduct so disgraceful and uncommon in A British Officer! a veteran too, as the commander of a packet is always considered! will almost stagger credulity itself. It is, nevertheless a fact in the present instance; and what is more, the excuse of stratagem cannot be made, with effect - for the privateer hailed, demanded the boat, was refused, fired, and gained possession! The mail, however, was previously sunk. - Capt. Bird, T. Williams and D. M'Lachlan, Esquires, (the other passengers in the Adolphus,) arrived at Liverpool, in the Tontine cartel, on the 23d of September; as did also Capt. Boulderson and about 150 other persons.
The Amazon, late from this river, was captured by an American privateer, but retaken by the Polyphemus, and carried into Portsmouth.
The following is the detail of the defence of the Bridget, promised in our last. It is an extract of the log-book: - "December 6, 4 p.m. saw a sail to the northward, standing for the southward. At 5. made her out to be a large hermaphrodite brig. Half past 5, when he was on our weather quarter, he bore up before the wind, and stood towards us; we then cleared ship for action, supposing him to be an American privateer. At 6, we took in all steering sails, and hauled to the northward to see what he was before dark. On this he took in his steering sails also, and came down with English colours. When he came within hail, he hailed, and asked what brig it was - I asked what schooner that was - he answered, "His Majesty's Schooner [blank]," and desired me to send my boat on board - which I refused; he then said, if I did not he would take me to the gangway and flog me; I answered, and said, it was more than he dared to do. He hailed again, and said, if I did not send my boat on board, he would fire into me: I answered, if he did, I would return it. He instantly fired a broadside of round and grape, with musketry - which we returned. The action commenced at a quarter past six, and lasted until five minutes past eight. During the action, we had two men killed, and four wounded. After the first broadside, we ran the brig on board, between his main and fore masts. He mounted 19 guns, one a heavy one a-mid-ships, which did a great deal of damage to our vessel in the bows, several shot going through, carrying away timbers, breast hook, and going through the upper deck beams and decks, - jib booms both carried away - masts, sails, and rigging very much injured - cut-water shatter to pieces, and the head much injured. From the situation of the privateer, she must have received considerable damage from our vessel's bows falling upon him. When he got clear of us, he stood off immediately. Our anchors being both shot from the bows, and hanging by the cables, we could not get the brig to wear, for the purpose of following him, and the night being dark, soon lost sight of him. During the action, they attempted to set fire to us, with a bag of combustible, with a view to board us at the same time. List of killed and wounded - John Burns, seamen, and Alexander M'Kellor, apprentice, killed; James Sanders, Samuel Turner, wounded severely; Thomas Cupper slightly; Daniel Dun passenger, had a musket ball through the ancle; Donald Ross, passenger, slightly wounded; and Arch. Kennan, slightly. - N. B. The Ship's Company return their thanks to the Passengers, for their animated exertions during the action."
The Express Packet, from these Colonies, arrived at Falmouth on the 19th of October.
The Ball, announced for the 16th, is postponed until further notice.
The ship Queen, Conkey, bound to this river, was captured on the 10th inst. off Orange Creek to windward of Surinam, by the General Armstrong privateer of 19 guns and 150 men, after an action of 7 hours, in which the British Captain, Mate, and one man were killed, and four wounded. Two of the crews afterwards entered on board the enemy, the rest being sent in a boat, with as much provisions as would serve them until they reach the shore; but having missed the river, they were picked up by a schooner and have arrived at Surinam. The seamen recognised several of their countrymen on board the privateer.
We understand, the Maria sloop of war, is daily expected on this station; but we know not under whose orders she will be, as Lieutenant Kippen has just been promoted to the rank of Commander, and is appointed to the Peruvian. This however, we can say, that no Officer in the British Navy ever more deserved promotion, than did the gallant gentleman in question! - He was one of the first, it appears, who boarded the San Josef, on the 27th of February, 1797. He was then on board the Captain, Commodore (afterwards Lord) Nelson, which was at the same moment engaged also with the San Nicholas. He was alongside of the same here, in the disastrous attack upon Teneriff, where Nelson lost his arm. In the memorable battle of the Nile he so much distinguished himself, that he was warmly recommended by his Admiral, to Lord St. Vincent, and was appointed Acting-Lieutenant, though he had not served his time; and at the expiration of his time, confirmed. In the battle of Trafalgar, he served on board the Defiance, Capt. Hope, now Rear-Admiral and one of the Lords of the Admiralty. After the death of Lord Nelson, the name of Kippen was found on his list of meritorious officers; but till now remained without further promotion. The number of actions in which Kippen has served counting regular engagements, and the no less dangerous service of cutting out vessel, is twenty! - This then, is the commander we have lost! - a loss too, at this time, much to be regretted, however we may be bound in justice to approve his promotion. For energy, skill, and bravery united, in the Naval Guardian of these valuable Colonies, is equally as necessary, as in the Military and Civil: and as we possess the latter, we of course feel anxious respecting the former.
Errata, in the last Monthly Obituary. - We are requested to state, that Catharine Tooler van Groeningen, was not a coloured woman.
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