On This Day: 12 November 1705

On this day in 1705, Thomas Bowrey and the other owners of the Mary Galley wrote to Captain Joseph Tolson, Joseph Dupuy and Richard Griffin (the galley’s captain, assistant supercargo and first mate). They were taking the opportunity of the departure of the Windsor Frigatt, another of Bowrey’s ventures to carry the letter. Even at such a distance, Bowrey expected to know where his ships would be and when.

They were hoping to catch the officers of the Mary Galley, in Batavia before they set off for England, with the dire news of the execution of the captain and two of the crew of the Worcester in Scotland. Their advice was that the Mary Galley should return in convoy with Dutch ships heading to Rotterdam. Batavia was a Dutch East India Company port.

Bowrey’s advice was not enough. Tolson followed orders but lost the convoy before they reached Rotterdam and the galley was lost to French privateers. Yet another failure so close to home.


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