Brig "Huskisson", Thomas Clarke Master
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who declared as follows that the said Brig "Huskisson" being tight staunch and strong and in everyway properly manned provisioned and fit for Sea was regularly cleared out and sailed from the Port of London aforesaid on the twenty fifth of March 1827 with a General Cargo and Passengers bound for the Port of Rio de Janeiro
and proceeded on the voyage with variable winds and weather without meeting with any particular occurrence until the 28th of May in the same year when in about Lat 21° 5' S Long 38° 20' W the said Appearer fell in with a Schooner under Brazilian Colours which at 11 am fired a gun, brought the brig to, when the Master was ordered to go on board the schooner with all his letters and papers.
He therefore lowered down the Boat and went on board upon the Captain examining the Cockets he said that the schooner was the "Vencedor de Ituzaingo" a Buenos Ayrean Cruizer and that the Brig was a Prize having Brazilian Property and arms on board.
The said Appearer then told the Captain that the "Huskisson" was loaded in London in the general way and regularly cleared out by his Government and that the [lesser] part of the cargo might be Brazilian property still the greater part of the Cargo and vessel was British and as such might not to be sent to any part of the world he thought fit.
The Captain of the schooner then said that the whole coast of Brazil was under Blockade and that he should make a prize of any British vessel he met with in the same way, they then got the schooner's boat out and sent two officers with a party of men on board the "Huskisson", put the ship's head to the NE hoisted out boats opened the main hatches and discharged a part of her Cargo as follows BG 40 cases, F 3 coils rope 131 bars of lead and 13 bolts of canvas (stores)
the said Appearer remonstrated with the Captain against taking the Property who replied that he wanted the Canvas for the use of the Schooner and that he should send the Brig to Rio Negro in Patagonia.
At about 9pm they hoisted the Brig's boats in having taken away the aforesaid goods and then ordered the Brig's crew to pack up their cloathes [sic] all of whom they took on board the Schooner leaving the said Appearer, his Wife, one Boy & a steerage Passenger on board the "Huskisson" at the same time they broke open the after Hatch plundered a cask of rum and part of a cask of brandy which they also carried with them.
About midnight a Prize Master and crew came on board to take the vessel into Port who likewise brought with them Mr. Stewart Leith Master of the British Brig "Concord" and a Mr. Pereira who had also been taken out of the said vessel on the 28th of April off Cape St. Mary's. The Prize Master and crew then sailed away with the Brig shaping a course towards Patagonia and during the voyage plundered the Cargo and Stores without attending to the remonstrances and solicitations of the said Appearers not to do so.
Nothing further nor very particular occurred until
the 20th of June following when they ran the vessel on a sand bank
near the Bay of All Saints in Patagonia
but in a short time succeeded in getting the Brig off again. Ship
making no water.
On the 28th of June the said Appearer
proceeded to Rio Negro overland where he was
examined by a Captain D'Autant concerning the cargo and property after
which he as informed that both the vessel and cargo was a Prize and
that some small vessels were ordered to go round to lighten her so
that she might be brought in there.
On the 3rd, 5th and 6th of August
a great quantity of the cargo was discharged from the Brig into a
schooner which was going off with it on the latter day and under all
these circumstances he therefore put most of their cloathes [sic]
into their stateroom and embarked with his wife on board the said
schooner to proceed to Rio Negro (having already written to the Authorities
there for their protection without effect) and firmly believing that
he could no longer remain on board the brig in safety.
On the arrival of the said schooner
with the "Huskisson's cargo at Rio Negro the Captains of the
National Vessels of War "Chacabuco", "Ituzaingo"
and "Patagones" came on board the schooner and took whatever
they pleased by order of the Commandant and the Prize Agent.
On the 8th of September the said Brig Huskisson was
brought into the River and the Appearer applied to the Alcalde to
be allowed to go on board his vessel and have his cabin for himself
and wife without interruption from the Prize Crew but which request
was also refused and he therefore procured a residence on Shore. The
Prize Agent discharged various articles of both cargo and stores from
On the 20th of December 1827 His Britannic Majesty's Sloop "Cadmus" arrived in the river Negro when the Appearer applied to the Commander Captain Thompson for his assistance (Who gave him a letter from the British Consul General dated the 27th of August 1827) and who informed the Appearer that he could do nothing for him except giving him a Passage to Monte Video which he declined accepting thinking from the tenor of the Consul General's letter that this matter would soon be terminated and he therefore waited there for further intelligence.
On the 17 of May 1828 the Agent advertised
the Huskisson's cargo for sale by Public Auction, rumours of the failure
of the Privateer's Owners having reached Patagones a few days previous.
On the 2nd of August following the
Appearer received intelligence of the vessel and the innocent part
of the cargo being liberated by the Prize Court at Buenos
Ayres and of the captors having applied to another Tribunal for a
That he left Patagones on the 15th of October and arrived at Buenos Ayres in the American Schooner "Eliza Ann" on the 25th of the same month where he duly noted another Protest.
He then found that by a Sentence of the Superior Court that the vessel and the innocent part of the cargo was again liberated with damages against the Captors and on the 30th of October 1828 he presented a Statement of Claims for damages being assured by the then Minister that every justice should be done to him in this matter.
A Revolutionary movement having taken
place in this City on the 1st of December 1828 which being followed
by a change of Ministers he again addressed a Memorial on the 15th
of March to the Delegated Governor General Brown praying him to take the case of the
Huskisson into his consideration and he was kept in this Country at
a great expense and much inconvenience anxiously awaiting a final
settlement of his just claims and demands to which he received no
answer up to the date of the Present Protest.
Thus done and protested he the said
Appearer and Protester hath hereunto subscribed his name in the British
Consulate at Buenos Ayres the day month and year before written -
/signed/ Thos. Clarke Master
And in testimony whereof I His Britannic Majesty's Vice Consul have granted to the said Master this Instrument of Protest under my hand and the Seal of the Consulate to serve and avail him and all concerned as occasion shall or may require the same having been in all due form declared and solemnly Sworn by the aforenamed Appearer before me and entered in the Official Register of the British Consulate in this City.
/signed/ Charles Griffiths, HBM V Consul
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