23 R u e Hoche, 28100. Dreux, France History On 7 January 1702, after a violent squall, the pirate ship Speaker, under the command of John Bowen, sank near the 'Swarte klip'"], off the eastern coast of Mauritius. The pirates put their lifeboats to sea, and hastily fashioned rafts, using the Speaker's masts and yards. Each one armed to the teeth, they finally reached shore, all safe and sound. (VOC 4048, Fo1.352~"; Pitot, 1905: 298). On 9 January, two hunters discovered them and quickly alerted the governor of the island. 'They number some 170; 30 or 40 of them are Moors whose task it is to dry the weapons salvaged from the wreck. They have slaughtered three head of Company cattle, but otherwise have displayed no hostile intentions. (VOC 4048, Fo1.366: Pitot, 1905: 299)'. ing the workers' progress, urging them on, bucking up the flagging morale of his troops. The tiny army of 50 colonists, 2 blacks and 3 convicts 'some of whom knew not even how to charge a gun, loading the ball before the powder', drilled on the beach. (VOC 4048, Fol. 353v"). Upon Van de Velde's return, Diodati called a meeting of his Council: 'Whereas
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology – Wiley
Published: May 1, 1984
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