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DISPATCH (6) Brigantine Built in 1694, Deptford.
Sold in 1712.

  • One of nine brigantines January. Deptford. Later in the year he was with Adm. Edward RUSSELL at Cadiz.
  • 1694 William JAMESSON. 23rd. October, Cadiz.
  • 1695 North Sea. At about 8 in the evening of 23rd. July 1697 DISPATCH discovered a French privateer standing for the Naze. At 12, with no tide and little wind, they were obliged to anchor and lost sight of him. At 5 the following morning he weighed after spying the privateer at the back of the Gunfleet with two small ships, and stood after him to the southward with all the sail he could make. At noon he came up with one of the ships which proved to be one of the prizes. They continued the chace in a moderate gale but the wind dropped when they were almost within gunshot. The privateer took to his oars and rowed away about two miles, but then the gale returned and about 4 in the afternoon they came up with her and fired several guns and small shot, she struck and the captain and 16 men on board were taken off. The privateer was taken in tow and sail made for Harwich, some 6 or 7 leagues to the W. N.W.
  • 1699 John SMITH, 27th. June.
  • On 23 April 1702 it being the Coronation day of Queen Anne, Sir Stafford FAIRBORNE at Spithead and all the ships in company, including DISPATCH, dressed ship with colours, flags and pendants on all the topmast heads and yard arms. Saluted were fired around the fleet and at night each ship showed as many lights as she could.
  • On 15th. October 1703 DISPATCH was forced, by violent strong gales of wind, to bear away under Dungerness, where she anchored, and there saw the SWAN frigate at anchor about a mile ahead. At 12 at night the wind veered to the south and a great sea caused the brigantine to drive. They brought up by letting go the best bower anchor, but at 4 they saw the SWAN drive, and the storm increasing, she came right at them, her stern almost touching their flying jib boom. They would have been run down if they had not managed to cut both cables and scudded as well as they could for the Downs, the sea making a clear passage over them, until they let go their sheet anchor in 5 fathoms of water.

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