THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 311.
An Extract fro n a Report by Captain Tyrell.
Source :-Brilish Museum. Additional MSS. 32816.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
February 6th, 1748.
We left Cirlisle B ty on January 17th in company with
H.M.S. Richmond and the shallop Speedwell.
On the i9th we reached Tobago and spoke to a shallop
from Barbados which told me that there were two French
Men of war in Rockly Bay in the Island of Tobago, one of 50
and the other of 36 guns; that they employed 300 men
constructing a fort and that they daily expected more than
three hundred families from Martinique who were to settle
there; and that they had all sorts of ammunition and
provisions of war especially guns, to fortify the place.
When we arrived off Rockly Bay, we stayed as a boat
approached us from one of the French ships. As soon as lie
boarded, the Officer told me that he was the Captain for
Mons Montalais and had been sent to present his compliments
and to ask if I had need of anything which he could supply.
I replied quite shortly that I needed nothing which he could
supply but would like to know what they were doing in the
Island. He replied that they had orders to make a settlement
in- the Island and to protect the inhabitants and in case of
need to use force and that they had come from Brest with
Several days after, the French ships returned to
Martinique leaving one hundred and fifty men and an Officer
in the battery.
We left the harbour of Sandy Point on January 27th and
arrived in Carlisle Bay on February 5th.