THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 287.
The Depositions of George Barrow, Master of the Sloop Content.
Source :--Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
November 8th, 1723.
The depositions and information of George Barrow,
Master or Commander of the Sloop Content, aged thirty years
or thereabouts and John Jackson, a passenger in the said Sloop,
aged thirty years or thereabouts, who being sworn on the
Holy Evangelist of Almighty God, depose and say
That these appearers being on their voyage from Boston
in New England and bound for this Island were on the 27th
day of October 1723, taken by a pirate schooner of4 guns and
25 men, they being then in the latitude of 13.25 north and
about 12 or 14 leagues to the windward of this Island of Barbados.
This schooner carried the said Sloop to the Island of Tobago
and there kept and detained her until Saturday the 2nd of this
November during which time they plundered the said Sloop
and took of their cargo, 14 boxes of candles, 2 bars of soap
together with a flying jib, flying jib boom, flying jib halliards,
main halliards, anchor and cable and several carpenters tools
and several other things which the said pirate thought fit
And these deponents further say that the said pirates
forced their mate, by name John Masters, into their service
contrary to his inclinations and further these deponents say
8th November, 1723.