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Independence Captures Annapolis





Independence Captures the Annapolis
[15] March 1778



Massachusetts Privateer Sloop Independence (Commander Peter Pollard), a vessel armed with ten guns and with a nominal crew of fifty-five men, was at sea in March of 1778.1


Meanwhile the 450-ton2 ship Annapolis (James Hendrick)3 sailed from New York, New York in March 1778 bound for the West Indies. She was to pick up a cargo of rum for the British army in New York. Annapolis was armed with ten guns and had a crew of twenty men aboard, and probably was an army or navy transport.4


Annapolis met the Independence at sea. A hard fight began, which lasted for two and a half hours. Hendrick was wounded twice before he surrendered the Annapolis. The Independence had six men wounded, including Pollard. Annapolis was sent in to Boston, arriving on 26 March.5


Summary Table

Vessel

Tons

Guns

Broadside

Men

Killed

%

Wounded

%

Total

%

Independence

10

55

6

9%

6

9%

Annapolis

450

10

20

1

5%

1

5%

Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes



1 Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 186

2 The Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser [Boston], Thursday, April 30, 1778

3 The Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser [Boston], Thursday, April 9, 1778

4 Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 186, from the Independent Chronicle of 2 April 1778

5 Allen, Massachusetts Privateers of the Revolution, 186, from the Independent Chronicle of 2 April 1778


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