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American Prizes
July 1777






Name of Vessel:

Betsey

Master of Vessel:

Thomas Muir

Rig of Vessel:

Schooner

Date of Capture:

16 July 1777

Place of Capture:

34°52′N, 67°W

Captor:

South Carolina Privateer Sloop Vixen

Home Port:


From What Port:

Antigua, British West Indies

To What Port:

New York, New York

Cargo:


Tonnage:

40

Battery:


Crew:


Owners:


Prize master:

Thomas Marting

Prize crew:

[5]

Ordered Into:

Charleston, South Carolina/P>

Into What Port:

New York, New York

Date Arrived:

27 July 1777

Date Tried:

 

Date Sold:

 

Action:

No

Recaptured:

Yes


Comments: Schooner Betsey (Thomas Muir), 40 tons, was bound from Antigua to New York when, on 16 July 1777, she was captured by South Carolina Privateer Sloop Vixen (Commander Downham Newton) at 34°52′N, 67°W. Newton put a small prize crew under Prize Master Thomas Marting on the schooner and left Muir aboard, which was a mistake. Muir began propagandizing the prize crew and won three of them over. On 22 July, with their help, he recaptured the schooner. On 27 July Betsey arrived at New York with the prize crew as prisoners.


[NDAR, IX, 703-704; 950-951]


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