Help support TMP

"An Unequal Duel: Trader vs. Privateer 1744 " Topic

3 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the 18th Century Media Message Board

Back to the Age of Sail Message Board

709 hits since 7 May 2016
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2016 9:44 p.m. PST

"The story of war against maritime trade in the Age of Fighting Sail is usually told, whether in fact or in fiction, from the viewpoint of the naval commerce-raider intent on prize-money. One finds few accounts which view these contests from the side of the victims. I was therefore fascinated by stumbling recently on an account of a furious battle between a civilian trader armed, as was essential at the time and a French privateer in 1744, during the War of Austrian Succession.

The Wrightson and Isabella of Sunderland was a merchant ship engaged in trade across the North Sea and commanded by a Captain Richard Avery Hornsby (1699-1751). No details are available of this vessel but given the fact that she was manned by only five men and three boys, besides Hornsby, and that she mounted four carriage guns which could only have been small ones and two swivels, she cannot have been of large size, perhaps brig-rigged. On 13th June 1744 Hornsby arrived off the Dutch coast at Scheveningen, the coastal suburb of The Hague, in company with three smaller vessels with which he had sailed in convoy from Norfolk. The Isabella (it's easier to refer to her as such) was laden with malt and barley. At this period there was no harbour at Scheveningen one would not be constructed until 1904 and trading vessels had to lie offshore and transfer cargoes ashore in smaller boats. Fishing boats were drawn up on to the beach (a subject for many painters, including Vincent van Gogh, for many years)…"



See more here


Volunteer Fezian Inactive Member10 May 2016 9:36 p.m. PST

Excellent story Armand! Thank you for sharing it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!


Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.