ent her falling into the hands of the enemy; but, when informed by the colonel commanding the sol. diers that there were 125 killed and wounded on the decks, Lord gave up the idea; and his own vessel, the Covington, being entirely disabled, he shortly afterwards removed the dead and wounded to shore under a heavy fire, destroyed the ship by setting fire to her, and, with the remnant of his gallant crew, escaped to the woods on the side opposite the enemy.
Out of 14 officers and 62 men, Lieutenant Lord could only assemble 9 officers and 23 men, some of whom were killed in trying to escape up the bank.
The Signal being too much disabled to reach the bank, in order to get the wounded ashore, the commanding officer was obliged to surrender.
The Warner was sacked and burned by the enemy, and the Signal, after her guns and ammunition had been removed, was sunk across the channel to obstruct it.
The brave men in these vessels, only musket-proof, defended them four or five hours, and