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Brig "Florida", William Hastings - FHC microfilm 1494330 FO 446/3 folio 43-47, pages 56-64 - Printer Friendly Version
|Capture by Privateer and Recovery - Grounding and wreck on the Outer Roads - The Brig "Triton" wrecked on the anchor of the "Florida"|
By this Public Instrument of Declaration and Protest be it known to all whom it may concern that on the twenty eighth day of July in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and twenty seven personally came and appeared in the British Consulate in the City of Buenos Ayres in South America William Lumsden Hastings Master of the British Brig or vessel called the "Florida" of the burthen of 204 42/94 tons belonging to William Bennett Esqr. of London Merchant
who made Oath and
declared that the said Brig Florida having been duly cleared out on the
second day of December last at the Custom House in London to proceed on
a Sealing and Whaling Voyage to the Southern Ocean and elsewhere arrived
off the coast of Brazil on or about the twenty fifth day of February and
commenced sealing on and about the Castillos rocks near Cape St. Mary's
at the entrance of the River Plate.
the said Appearer having only four men and two boys with him on board the brig "Florida" being then distant about twelve miles from the Castillos rocks the said Brig was boarded by about twenty men in two whale boats the greater part of whom appeared to be English who forcibly took possession of the Brig and declared her to be their Prize assigning as a reason for the said act that the Appearer and his crew were fishing on the private property of a Citizen of Buenos Ayres
the said individuals then sent one of the boats ashore for their Commander Captain Fournier a Frenchman and the said Fournier on coming on board asked the Appearer and Deponent what he meant by sealing in that place to which the Deponent replied he was not aware that he was doing anything wrong.
then stated to him that he had fitted out for the express purpose of taking
his the said Appearer's vessel, the Castillos Rocks being the private
property of a native of Buenos Ayres who paid a considerable sum of money
to the Government for the same and he shortly afterwards ordered the Deponent
to go into a Boat which was alongside to take him and his crew on shore
but after repeated supplications on the part of the Deponent the said
Fournier permitted them to remain on board that night intending to land
them on the following morning.
In the evening however,
a gale of wind coming on, the "Florida" was blown off shore
and was not able to get in again until early on the first of April. On
that day a Launch came alongside having on board about twenty armed men
and the second mate of the "Florida" James Reynoldson with them.
The Deponent was then told to embark himself and his crew in the boat
which was waiting for them.
the said Fournier also obliged the said Appearer and Deponent to give to him (the said Fournier) the ship's Register and Log Book after which it being about 12 am on the same day the Deponent with his Crew who were only allowed to take with them their clothes and a small stock of Provisions, were obliged to go into the boat which was prepared for them and in which Fournier directed them to make the best of their way to Buenos Ayres but the boat being found very leaky the Deponent found it necessary to make for the nearest shore
and he landed about
sun set of the same day about two miles to the Northward of the Castillos
Rocks from whence the Deponent and his Crew were obliged to travel over
land to Maldonado a distance of about 130 miles where they arrived about
2 pm on the seventh of April.
The said Fournier then asked the said Reynoldson to what Country they belonged on being told they were Englishmen Fournier invited them to stop and take a glass of rum first, whilst they were drinking a Frenchman, one of the officers, observed toFournier that the "Dove" a British vessel had been taken and made a Prize of for sealing there and that the Florida might be made a Prize of too.
On this Fournier said
to the said Reynoldson that he must stop on board till he saw further
into the business he then made sail and ran the Brig between the Castillos
Rocks and the Main where he anchored to clean her bottom.
The Said Appearer
and Deponent further declares that on the eighth day of April his Majesty's
Ship Ranger Captain Lord Henry Thynne having received intelligence of
the seizure of the "Florida" arrived at Maldonado and having
taken the Deponent on board put to sea on the ninth of April in pursuit
without resistance from some of Fournier's people (and who had taken her from the said William Rodgers) who had been left behind by him when he put to sea in the "Florida" telling him, the said Rodgers, at the time that the Florida had been wrecked .
The Said Rodgers after
the seizure of his boat, with the four men who were with him belonging
to the Florida, traveled over land to Maldonado where the said Deponent
found them on his return on HMS"Ranger" on the 18th of April.
And His said Majesty's Consul, Mr. Hood informed the Deponent that a passage would be provided for him on board His Majesty's Ship "Cadmus". On the following day the Deponent in consequence thereof embarked in the said Ship of War "Cadmus" from which he landed at Buenos Ayres on the eighteenth of July.
The Deponent further
states that on the nineteenth of the same month His Majesty's Consul General
at Buenos Ayres did deliver over to him (the said Appearer) possession
of the Brig "Florida" together with a report of Survey which
had been held by His desire upon the said Brig, her Tackle Furniture Stores
etc. on the tenth day of July upon the Government delivering her over
to the charge of the said Consul General and a Certified Copy of which
report of Survey is annexed to this Protest.
and that the stores
have been all taken out excepting nine hundred weight of bread or biscuit
and a few coals that most of the oil casks have been thrown overboard
or removed from the vessel that the Tryworks have been destroyed and that
the Whaling Harpoons and Lances are spoilt by rust and further that about
eight hundred prime seal skins which were on board at the time of the
seizure of the said Brig have also been taken out under all these circumstances
considering the great expense if not the impossibility of refitting the
vessel in this Port for a continuation of his intended voyage the Deponent
declares that he considers the voyage as totally lost and it is therefore
his intention to return with the Brig as quickly as possible to England.
And Wherefore the
said Appearer and Deponent William Lumsden Hastings Master of the said
British Brig "Florida" in and on behalf of the Owner or Owners
of the said vessel and cargo hereby doth by these presents doth most solemnly
protest against the Government of the United Provinces of the Rio de la
Plata for all the Acts and Deeds of Major Caesar Fournier who was and
is acting under their Commission and Authority for his seizure of the
brig "Florida" as aforesaid to the end that all losses costs
charges detriments delays and expenses already suffered and sustained
or which may hereinafter be sustained and suffered on account of the same
shall be borne and paid by those whom of right it may concern. thus done
and concluded at the British Consulate in this City of Buenos Ayres the
day and the date before written.
by W. L. Hastings , Master if the Brig "Florida"
- FO 446/3,FHC microfilm 1494330, pp.90-92
who declared that on the sixth of October the said vessel was in the Inner roads of Buenos Ayres being fully laden with a Cargo bound for the port of London and ready for Sea the Hatches properly secured and battened down
That on the eighth of the same month notice was given to John Lee a Pilot of this Port to take the vessel into the Outer road, the Charterers Messrs. Thwaites having engaged Mr. Brill a river Pilot to conduct the said Brig afterwards down the River
but on the evening
of the same day a most violent Pampero came on from the land and the tide
being then unusually low the "Florida" struck the ground several
times the water Casks were immediately started to lighten the vessel but
without effect as the tide fell so fast that at 10 P. M. the Brig grounded.
Every exertion was
made to hire carts and horses with people to go off to the relief of the
Brig but the ground being so full of holes and muddy none could be induced
to venture. On the tenth the current shifted, the wind blowing very strong
from the SE and the river rose so suddenly that some of the crew had not
time to get their clothes from the Forecastle as within a few minutes
the Brig was full of water.
And the said Appearer further declared that the said Brig at the time of taking her Cargo on board in the Inner Roads of this Port was tight staunch and strong and was well and sufficiently manned provided and furnished with all things needful and necessary for the said voyage and that during the time of the said disaster the said Appearer and the rest of the said Ship's company used their utmost endeavours to preserve the said Brig and the goods???? her loading from damage.
Whereupon the said
William Lumsden Hastings Master of the same Brig entered his protest in
this office to the end that all loss or damage as the said vessel her
Cargo Tackle or Furniture have suffered and sustained by the accidents
aforesaid and all costs charges and expenses attending the same shall
be borne and paid by those whom of right it may concern as being occasioned
by the reasons aforesaid and not by and through any insufficiency or neglect
to the said vessel her Tackle Furniture or Crew
on Brig "Triton" John Doyle Master- FO
446/3,FHC microfilm 1494330, page 150
We Brown Buchannan
& Co. Agents for the underwriters at Lloyds London Do hereby Certify
that the foregoing signatures of L Strong Master of HMS Sapphire, Thomas
Barnes Master of the English Brig "Comet", Wm. Garrett Master
of the English Brig "Julian" and James McGaw ship carpenter
are their true handwriting and that we consider them fit and proper people
for the survey which they have held on board the English Brig "Triton"
stranded in this Port
are to Certify that the aforegoing has been entered in the Official Register
of this Consulate and that the above is the true signature and proper
hand writing of Mr. Richard B. Lyne who is at present residing in this
City and acting as Agent for the Underwriters at Lloyds
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