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Letter to Mistress Murin McDonough from her cousin Fionntan Murtaugh

Posted in Event Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2013 by creweofthearchangel

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To Mistress Murin McDonough
The Sealkie’s Hyde
Hampton Roads
Virginia
10 December 1720

My dearest Cousyn Murin,

We are nearly Home again. I am sorry that I must send this by Post but I was unable to stop to see you when we arriv’d, we have not the Time. Captain Sterling must first report to the Governor all that has happened and then we must immediately be off to Migdalel, as you know, the Capt.’s plantation. Therefore I will make what I can, known now so that I will have an easier Time of it later. After departing Hampton Roads we traveled swiftly to the Master Gunner’s Cottage where we met the Capt and the remainder of those still ashore. It was most kind of you to travel such a distance to bid us a safe Journey. T’is a shame we had such little Time together.

After we weighed Anchor, we headed south towards the farthest reaches of Spanish Florida with all due haste. We were delay’d by a Spanish Vessel not far from our Destination which came upon our Stern, requesting News, but their Intentions were not honourable, and a small Battle ensued after they fired without just Cause. Both Ships took Damage and neither could continue to fight that Day, so the Capt quick show’d the Spanish our Heels and we continu’d on our set Course. Sadley, we did suffer some Casualties, losing two Men. I can say without any Doubt in my Mind that Captain Sterling was not keen to give up that Ship so easily. He, insisting that since we are now at Peace with Spain, was most assur’d that they were naught but Pirates. Continue reading

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The Merriweather Lads

Posted in Crewe Member Bios with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by creweofthearchangel

Joshua and Sean Merriweather, Captain’s Servants or, more commonly known later as, Midshipmen. Born sometime during the late 17th century in Bristol, England.

Misters Joshua Merriweather (the Younger) and Sean Merriweather (the Elder) serve as midshipmen on board the Archangel. Their father, Thomas Merriweather, worked as a sailing master for William Sterling’s trading company. Thomas was on board the Hart when a violent tempest sent her crashing onto the shores of Algiers.
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Murin “Silkie” McDonough

Posted in Crewe Member Bios with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2012 by creweofthearchangel

Mistress Murin “Silkie” McDonough, Owner of the Ordinary, The Sealkie’s Hyde. Born in September of 1678, in Galway, Ireland.

Murin McDonough lived a happy but difficult childhood with a loving family in Galway, Ireland. Her father was an educated Catholic and a supporter of King James II: a combination that could lead to an early death. Continue reading