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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 14. 1779
While the crew was eating this afternoon a number of the Serapis’ crew and 3 of the Alliances deserted by way of a Dutch boat that was along side. The deserters were pursued and most eventually surrendered. Some attempted to swim across a channel to the main where several of them drowned while the others have since disappeared. Those deserting the Alliance were William Packer, David Pritchard (an Englishman), and James Fearam.

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