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Saturday, July 05, 2008

July 5. 1779
Strong squalls and winds such as to drive us on shore. The Alliance canted over on her starboard beam. Cap. Landy was on shore and when he returned he ordered us to strike the topmasts and to shore up the ship with yards, booms and topgallantmasts. The Poor Richard sent on board some people to provide us assistance and others brought out a cable and anchor to carry us out on the high tide.

This afternoon the Poor Richard entertained some fine people from L’Orient with music and dining and another pair of 13 gun salutes to celebrate out independence. This evening we hear that four of the Poor Richard’s men made for shore in the Richard’s boat which had been tied to the hulk.

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