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Date: 1814 [unknown]
Location: Liverpool, Queens, Nova Scotiamap
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Dolphin

Sloop DOLPHIN, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia Tender fitted out by the Liverpool privateer Rolla, and captor of the sloop Gleaner ten miles west of Newhaven, December 3rd, 1814 . No letters-of-marque for her found.[1]

The last war commander of the Liverpool Packet was Lewis Knaut, of Liverpool, son or nephew of one of her first purchasers, Mr. Benjamin Knaut, and a prize-master in her under Caleb Seely. He got letters-of-marque and reprisal on October 20th, 1814, the fifth set made out for the privateer, and went to sea with her late in the year, in company with the Rolla, and a small sloop named Dolphin, which they used as a tender.[2]
The sloop Dolphin, from Portland for Boston, with thirteen passengers, was fallen in with and captured by the Fly off the Isles of Shoals. Soon after the U.S. brig-of-war Enterprise hove in sight out of Portsmouth. Capt. Clements, of the Fly left it to the option of the prizemaster of the Dolphin to release the prize (and escape in the Fly) or retain her, and the officer decided on the latter, and succeeded in carrying her off. Next day the prizemaster put the prisoners on board a boat and stood off with the sloop for Nova Scotia. The privateersmen of the Fly treated the people of the Dolphin well, giving them up their trunks without a search."—Acadian Recorder's correspondent. With the vengeful Enterprise swooping down on him Capt. Clements generously first gave prize-master John N. Sinnott, of the Dolphin, a chance to return on board, and then spread his wings and fled. For eight hours the Enterprise pursued. In the chase the Fly settled for a moment on the large American brig Diamond, which happened to be in her way. Flinging James Wier, prize-master, and half a dozen on board, Capt. Clements ordered her for Yarmouth. She was too tempting to pass, for with her, cargo of molasses she was worth $20,000. But the delay was fatal. The Fly, so short-handed that even her lieutenant, John N. Sinnott, had had to go as prize-master, was unable to elude the Enterprise as the chase continued, and she was captured. Both the Dolphin and the Diamond eventually reached Halifax, on the same day, after reporting at Yarmouth.[3]

Sources

  1. C.H.J.Snider, Under the Red Jack: privateers of the Maritime Provinces of Canada in the War of 1812 (London: Martin Hopkinson & Co. Ltd, 1928), 225-258 [1]
  2. Under the Red Jack: Privateers of the Maritime Provinces of Canada in the War of 1812 by C. H. J. Snider (Toronto: Musson Book Company, 1928), pg 51 [2]
  3. Under the Red Jack: Privateers of the Maritime Provinces of Canada in the War of 1812 by C. H. J. Snider (Toronto: Musson Book Company, 1928), pg 235 [3]




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