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Arrivals of Prizes


Portsmouth, New-Hampshire, October 14, 1776.

Last Sunday arrived at Saco a small prize schooner, sent in by the Putnam privateer, John Harmon commander, having on board three hundred bushels of salt and some oil. Next day arrived another schooner, taken by the same privateer, having on board three hundred and seventy-five quintals of green fish and some oil: she brings an account of another small vessel taken that is not yet arrived, and one that they took, which was afterwards drove ashore by a frigate, the vessel lost, but the people got on board the privateer again. The frigate drove the privateer into a harbour, and came to anchor, with intention of keeping her in, but Captain Harmon got one of his guns ashore on a point of land, and fired on the frigate, when she returned whole broadsides into the woods at them, but did no damage. Captain Harmon, after a few shot, was so lucky as to cut away her forestay, which obliged her to come to sail, and put to sea.

Since the 7th instant, arrived in this port two prize schooners, the Glasgow and Neptune, laden with fish and oil to a considerable amount, taken off the Banks of Newfoundland, by Captain Robert Parker, of this port.

This morning, a small prize schooner, with two hundred quintals of fish, was sent into this harbour; she was taken by Captain Calton, in the General Gates privateer, from Salem.