The capture of the schooner Hanover by the "Pirate" Retribution.
, of the schooner Hanover
, of Provincetown
, captured off the Island of Hayti
by the "pirate" schooner Retribution
, while on a voyage from New York to Aux Cayes, has arrived in Boston
He took passage, with his mate and one man, from Port an Prince to New York in the brig Bird of the Wave
, Capt. Robert Murray
. Capt. Case
thus states the circumstances of his capture:
On the 30th of January was off the south side of San Domingo
, close by the port of L'Anse d'hainault, when I saw a schooner running down with the American
flag flying; her course was directly towards me; as she crossed my bow I first saw her battery, with the guns run out; as her Captain
hailed me the American
flag dropped, and that of the Confederate States
hoisted in its place; the display of force on the "pirate" was of course overwhelming, and I was obliged to obey his orders; he sent his lieutenant and five of his crew aboard in a boat; the lieutenant was a mere boy, a Southerner, of the name of Cray
, who appeared to be ill at case at the business in which he was engaged; he was quite courteous, remarking that the Hanover
was a good price for them, and then requested me to go aboard the Retribution
to have an interview with her commander.
When Captain Case
stepped upon the deck of the Retribution
, her commander, Capt. Lock
, stepped forward and said: ‘"Ah, Capt. Case
, do you know me — have you ever seen me before?" Capt. Case
replied that to the best of his recollection he never had. "But I know you, Capt. Case
, very well by reputation." said Capt. Lock
; "how is your brother, Rouban Case — your name, I believe, is Washington Case?
I have sailed out of Provincetown
several times; once in a whaler belonging to Mr. Choate
."’ Capt. Case
then remarked that he was not over three miles from the shore of Hayti when captured.
replied that it was four miles, and that he was a price to the schooner Retribution
and the Confederate
As it was impossible to resist, I requested the favor that he would at once put me ashore; he assented, telling me to take my clothing and that of the crew, and the boat of the Hanover
He took my charts and those of the mate, and the chronometer, which belonged to Mr. Wheelwright
, the charterer of the vessel.
I landed on the shore about dark.
In the meantime a portion of the crew of the Retribution
had been sent on board the Hanover
, and both vessels sailed off together.
I presume that she was taken to one of the cays and sold to the wreckers.
The people of Hayti received me in a hospitable manner, stating that if the pirate had come within range of their battery, they would have given him a warm reception.