THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 199.
Report of an attack on a French Privateer near the Bocas.
Source: -Public Record Office. StatePapersAdmirally, Adm. 1/319.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy K'eeper of the Public Records.
FORT ROYAL BAY, MARTINIQUE,
14th September, 1796.
Thomas Boys, Captain of the Tourterelle" to Henry Harvey, Esq.,
Rear Admiral of the Red. Commander-in-(1 ..f.
Lieutenant James Nasmyth Marshall having this day been
surveyed and invalided from the Tourterelle on account of
a wound received on the 5th of this month in attempting to
board a French Privateer which had much annoyed our
trade in these seas, I think it my duty to express to you my
approbation of his spirited behaviour on that occasion.
We had on the morning of the 5th chased a privateer,
a schooner of six guns through the Bocas or entrance to the
Gulf of Paria and had got within gunshot of her when it
falling calm, Lieutenant Marshall pressed me to allow him
to attack her with the boats which at last I consented to,
not supposing from appearances that she had more than
2o or 25 men on board.
Lieutenant Marshall in the pinnace followed by the
launch and cutter rowed up to her and began the attack.
I saw him distinctly ahead of the other boats endeavour
to force on board her and persevere in the attempt in the
most gallant manner until all his ammunition being expended
himself shot through the arm and two men killed in his boat,
he was obliged with the other two boats to desist from the
I found afterwards, having followed the schooner up to
Port Espagnol that she had 64 men on board against which
number it was not possible for our boat to succeed but though
unsuccessful 1 must again recommend to your consideration
Lt. Marshall's spirited attempt against a force so much
I am, Sir, respectfully yours,