Documents relating to Ferryland: 1597 to 1726
29 March, 1675; [Captain] Dudley Lovelace
Great Britain, Colonial Office, CO
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Subjects: Second Dutch War (1672-1674), houses, stores, boats, livestock, planters, ordnance.
An Account of the Dutch Fleet upon
Captain Dudley Lovelace of New York, with 50 soldiers, all prisoners in several of the Dutch ships, were brought upon the coast of Newfoundland, upon the 4th of September 1673, and carried into the harbour of Ferryland, where the enemy plundered, ruined, fired, and destroyed the commodities, cattle, household goods, and other stores belonging to these inhabitants following, viz.
value of £ 2000, according to the best calculation. They also took away 4 great guns, the fort being out of repair, and no commander upon the place.
The day following, 30 fishing boats belonging (as the inhabitants said) to Mr. Nicholas Neville of Dartmouth, and company, were burned in the harbour, and as much fish as the ships could carry away, taken. They also forced the inhabitants to send 6 hogs, and one bullock, to each ship, as a composition [protection money] for what they [the Dutch] left behind them.
Upon the 9th of September, the Dutch went unto William Pollard's house, 3 miles distant and plundered him of 400 quintals of fish, provisions and household stuff amounting to £ 400 sterling.
They likewise burned at that place 40 Fishing boats, the house, warehouses, etc. belonging to the fishery in that harbour, besides several English prizes [prize ships] which they brought to their general rendezvous at Fayal [in the Azores].
The names of the Dutch commanders and their ships:
The GREEN WIFE, 40 guns, Nicholas Boes admiral
To the truth of this I am ready to depose.
[signed] Dudley Lovelace
March 29th, 1675