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Savannah by the Saucy Jack, of Charleston; cargo supposed to be British.

The total number of prizes, for the last four weeks, safely arrived or satisfactorily accounted for, amounts to thirty-nine vessels : estimated value, two millions and seventy thousand dollars, ($2,070,000.]

Brig Superb, with a cargo of salt, sent into Charleston, by the Mars of New York.

Brig Friends, of Halifax, from Grenada, with 112 puncheons of rum ; taken by the Diomede, of Salem, and chased on shore on Long Island, by three men-of-war. The cargo was saved.

Schooper Sea-Flower, captured by the letter-of-marque schooner Tuckahoe, of Baltimore, on her passage to Aux Cayes, and burnt.

Schooner Hazard, from Nassau, for St. Domingo, captured by the same, and given up.

The Tuckahoe also captured another English vessel, (whose name is not given), which prize she manned and sent into port. The Tuckahoe narrowly escaped capture off the east end of Long Island, having been chased for several days by sundry English frigates and brigs-of-war. She, however, by superior sailing, and good management, eluded their grasp, and got safe into Boston, in March, 1814.

Brig Sovereign, of and for Liverpool, of 300 tons, with an assorted cargo. Sent into Portsmouth by the America, of Salem.

Schooner William, laden with sugar, coffee and molasses, from Martinique for St. Thomas. She was captured by the Diomede, and sent into Savannah.

CHAPTER VI.

DESPERATE BATTLE FOUGHT BETWEEN THE AMERICAN PRIVATEER-SCHOONER DECATUR, OF

CHARLESTON, CAPTAIN DIRON, AND HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S SCHOONER DOMINICA, ON THE 5TH AUGUST, 1813--SAFE ARRIVAL OF THE DECATUR AND HER PRIZE AT CHARLESTON -REMARKS ON THE BATTLE--THE DECATUR SAILS ON A FRESH CRUISE FROM CHARLESTON, ON THE 26TH NOVEMBER — VOYAGE TO FRANCE IN LETTER-OF-MARQUE, SCHOONER DAVID PORTER, GEORGE COGGEHALL, COMMANDER, LOADS AT PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND-SAILS FROM NEWPORT-CHASED OFF CHARLESTON-ARRIVES AT THAT PORT-SAILS FROM CHARLESTON FOR FRANCE-LOSS OF FIRST PRIZE-TERRIBLE GALE IN THE BAY OF BISCAY—THE SCHOONER THROWN ON HER BEAM-ENDS ---ARRIVES AT LA TESTE-SHORT CRUISE IN THE BAY OF BISCAY--MAKES SEVERAL CAPTURES-ARRIVES AT L'ILE DIEU-REMARKS ON THAT ISLAND-DIFFICULTIES AT BORDEAUX-HTRRIES AWAY FROMLA TESTE-VISIT TO LA ROCHELLE-BRIG IDA'S ESCAPE FROM LA ROCHELLE -ACCOUNT OF THE CAPTURE OF THE BRITISH SHIP MARY BY THE RATTLESNAKE

VISIT TO BORDEAUX AND PARIS,

DESPERATE BATTLE, FOUGHT BETWEEN THE AMERICAN SCHOONER

PRIVATEER DECATUR, OF CHARLESTON, CAPTAIN DOMINIQUE DIRON, AND HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S SCHOONER DOMINICA COMMANDED BY LIEUTENANT GEORGE WILMOT BARRETTE.

The Decatur was armed with 6 twelve-pound carronades, and 1 long eighteen-pounder on a pivot amidships, with a crew of 103 men, including the officers.

Captain Barrette's vessel had 12 twelve-pound carronades, 2 long-sixes, 1 brass four-pounder, and a thirtytwo-pound carronade on a pivot, with a crew of 88 men and officers.

The Decatur was cruising in the track of the West India traders, on their return passage to England. On the 5th of August, 1813, when in latitude 23°4' N. longitude about 67°0' W., during the early part of the morning, the Decatur was steering to the Northward, under easy sail. At half-past 10 o'clock in the forenoon,

the man at the masthead discovered two sail, bearing about South, when the Decatur tacked to the southward, to get the weather-gage, and by so doing, ascertain the character of the two strangers.

At eleven o'clock, they were made out to be a ship and a schooner, standing to the Northward. At half-past twelve (noon), being a little to the windward, and not far distant, the Decatur wore round and ran a little to the leeward, when the strange schooner set English colors.

At one P.m. the privateer wore again, still keeping to windward of his adversary. In the course of about half an hour, the strange schooner fired a shot at the Decatur, but without effect. Captain Diron then beat to quarters, and prepared for boarding the enemy.

After having loaded all his great guns and small arms, he hoisted American colors, having previously got on deck all the necessary ammunition, water, etc.

He then ordered all the hatches secured, so that no person could leave the deck, and with his grappling irons ready, bore down upon

the
enemy.

His plan was to discharge all his guns, both great and small, and then board his adversary in the smoke.

For this purpose, at about two o'clock, Captain Diron wore ship, in order to pass under the stern of his opponent, and give him a raking fire. As they neared each other, the Englishman luffed to, and gave the privateer a broadside, but the most of his shot passed over her. At a quarter past two, Captain Diron fired his long tom . which fire the enemy returned from his main-deck battery. Captain D. continued to discharge his long gun, a second and third time, and being now within halfgunshot distance, it must have done the enemy much damage.

As the English schooner evinced a disposition to run to leeward, Captain Diron was fearful that he wished to make his escape. To prevent this, the Decatur filled away to bring his bowsprit over the stern of his antagonist, but to counteract this manoeuvre, the English schooner gave him a whole broadside, which fortunately for him, only injured a portion of his rigging and sails.

The Decatur answered the broadside by again giving him a shot from his long-tom, at the same time ordering the boarders to be ready at a moment's warning, to rush on board of the enemy, should an opportunity offer. It was now about a quarter to three o'clock in the afternoon, and as the privateer approached to board, three cheers were given by the crew ; when the English schooner gave the Decatur a whole broadside, which killed two of her crew, and materially injured the sails and rigging

In the mean time, the privateer kept up a brisk fire of musketry. The Englishman then kept away, to prevent being boarded, while the Decatur followed close under his stern, to avoid another broadside from him, and lose not a moment in boarding him.

In this manner the conflict was kept up, and another attempt made to board, but it was again repulsed. Capt. Diron then ordered the drum to beat for the boarders, and the crew cried out to let them board.

The Decatur's bowsprit was forced over the stern of the enemy, and her jib-boom pierced through the mainsail of the English schooner. It was now half-past three o'clock. While the fire of the musketry was being kept up by a portion of the privateer's crew, the rest rushed from the bow-sprit on board the Dominica. A terrible scene of slaughter and bloodshed then ensued ; the men fought with swords, pistols, and small arms. In short, it

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