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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Dec 3. 1776
The sloop we chased on the 28th is the only sail to be seen since departing Portsmouth. We continue to exercise at our action stations each day and practice boarding and handling of small arms and other weapons. This activity is good because the men are becoming impatient for a prize and they need to be kept busy. I find there are several trouble makers on board including one I had the misfortune of confronting during a cruise to the Indies several years ago on board my brother Henry’s ship. They are a gang from Newburyport that caused a disturbance while the ship lay at anchor in Pepperell Cove and delayed our sailing by a day.

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