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Chapter 4
Land Ahoy!

Departure During our absence from home, the Revolutionary war had commenced, and we found that the British had begun their depredations upon our commerce and maritime towns.
We left Stonington in the night, entertaining the hope, that, with a favorable wind, we might get into Providence without being discovered by the British cruisers, which we knew were cruising somewhere between Newport and Providence.
H.M.S. Toodle Pip If the breeze had continued favorable, we should have effected our object; but, unfortunately, the wind subsided a little before daylight, and in the morning we found ourselves close by the enemy, consisting of two ships of war, and a small vessel called a tender between them and the land. The American commander, Commodore Whipple, with a naval force greatly inferior to the British, was seen by us, higher up the bay, out of reach of the enemy, making signals for us to press all sail and approach. The Wreck But unluckily we were ignorant of the meaning of the signals, and did not know whether they came from a friend or an enemy. As the cruisers were to the windward of us, we tacked one way and the other, hoping that we should be able to beat up the bay; but, finding that the tender was about to intercept our progress in one direction while the cruisers approached us in the other, and, no chance of escape appearing, we bore away and ran our vessel ashore.

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