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FATROCIOUS PIRACY. 'I

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ATROCIOUS PIRACY. I (From: a Correspondent of the Public Ledger. The following narrative of the plunder, and murder of a part of the crew, of the TThan Fredericka, a Dutch brig of 200 tons, belonging to Haarlem, was detailed to a corre- spondent by a gentleman- just arrived from the Floridas, in the Loiely Nancy, now in the river:— The Fredericka sailed from- Jamaica on the 12th of April last, in charge of Mr. Stein, the mate, Captain Fredericka, the master and owner, having died at Kingston. There were seven men and two passengers, and the vessel was under order for Holland, but had to call at the Havannah for a large freight. The brig kept her course through the Leeward Passage until the evening of the 20th, whe a schooner hove in sight, and kept hovering about the brig the whole of that night. They were then not two days' sail from the Island of Cuba, and the schooner appeared to have come from either the Coloradas or St. Antonio, to the southward of the Havannah. On the morning of the 21st, at day light, the schooner was about two miles to lee- ward, and Mr. Stein, suspecting her to be a pirate, made all sail from her. However, the schooner was too fast, and about twelve o'clock came within half a mile, and hoisting Buenos Ayrean colours, fired a iun. The brig was quite unarmed, and hove too. The schooner then hailed in English, but not a soul on board the brig under- stood the language, and the only answer given was hoisting Dutch colours a boat was then sent from the schooner full of men, and before one o'clock the brig was in posses- sion of the pirate, whose act of savage barbarity are now to be recorded. The pirates, to the number of 30, ran- sacked every part of the vessel, and took every thing of value they could lay their hands upon. The Dutch sailors, in their own language, remonstrated, but were laughed at by the ruffians, who proceeded deliberately to compel the wretched men to what is termed "walk the plank." This was on the afternoon of the same day they seized the brig. One poor man, upon being laid hold on by two of the pi- rates to pinion, blindfold, and fasten a shot to his feet, made a desperate resistance, in which he fixed his grasp upon the throat of one of the ruffians, and they both tum bled over the side and were drowned. Senor Baptista, of the fism o; Ramone, Balcussus, and Baptista, of Havan- nah, remonstrated with a short man, who spoke the Spa- nish language, but from circumstances which have since transpired was believed to be an Irishman, and who ap- peared to be the commander, and endeavoured to influ- ence him to prevent the Dutchmen being murdered. The ruffian only answered by firing a pistol at his head but next moment, as if by a retributive justice, fell dead upon the deck—the other passenger having plunged a knife suddenly into his back. Five of the Dutchmen, ob- serving the fate of Mr. Stein and two others, ran below, and arming themselves with knives, made a determined resistance, but were overpowered by the pirates, all of whom were well armed. Before six o'clock in the even- ing the whole of the crew of the brig were thrown into the sea, and one of the passengers, a planter, belonging to Sa- vannah, was stretched, mortally won i(led, on the deck. The on'y remaining one was Senor Baptista, and he was pulled out from beneath the boat, where he had escaped daring the conflict between the pirates and the ill-fated crew of the brig. In a state of dreadful terror, he pointed out a locker, where a box, containing a considerable amount in specie, belonging to Captain Fredericka was concealed, and for this Information his life was spared. Tiie In'g was tlvn scuttled, and went before the wind, and Senor baptista was in thr e days after landed at St. An- tonio. He reached the Havannah in about three weeks, n I related to the agents the fate of the Fredericka and her crew. Five persons were then in custody, upon sus- picion of plundering an American vessel, and he was di rected b" the authorities to go to the jail and look at them. He immediately identified two of them, who were on board the pirate vessel which plundered the Fredericka. One of them was an Irishman, who admitted that he was in the schooner, and said he sailed from St. Bartholomew's in her. He, the same night, attempted to commit suicide, by making a wound in his throat. The prisoners were taken at Cuba, endeavouring to ncgociate the sale of some merchandise. They were not tried when the Nancy sailed from the Havannah. The pi;,it' schooner is a large fast sailing vessel, of" about 130 tons burthen, with raking masts, and about eight car- ronades and swivel guns. She has been noticed in com- pany with a smack rigged vessel, lately captured, with slaves, and condemned at Barbadoes. The above short and afflicting narrative is given by a gentleman of undoubted veracity, and may, perhaps, ex- plain the cause of the absence of the long-lost Fredericka, of Haarlem. The Leeward Passage, and the Gulph of Florida, are completely beset by avowed piratical schooners, full of men.

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