Q. Can you recollect the State of the Queen Charlotte just before you were wounded?
A. Several Shots had struck the Vessel nany of the ropes were cut away but the Vessel was then manageable, this was about an hour and a quarter after the commencement of the Action. Captain Fennes and Lieutenant Garden of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were killed immediately on the commencement of the Action, before a Man was hurt. There were then one provincial Lieutenant one Masters Mate that had been in the Navy and two provincial Midshipmen quite youngsters and two Warrant Officers a Boatswain and Gunner left this was after I was wounded.
Q. At what distance did the Niagara engage the Queen Charlotte in the beginning of the Action?
A. She engaged us on the Quarter out of Carronade distance with what long Guns she had,
Q, Was your principal Injury received from her.
A. No from the Caledonia who laid on our Beam with two long twenty four pounders on Pivets also out of Cannonade Shot distance.
Captain Barclay asked:
Q. Had provincial Lieutenant Irvine experience sufficient to such Ser- vice as to conduct the Queen Charlotte in Action after the Death of Captain Finnes and your own Wound.
A. He was a very brave young Man, a perfect Seaman but not experienced as an Officer.
Provincial Lieutenant Francis Purvis late of His Majesty's Ship Detroit, called in and Sworn.
Q. Are the Contents of the Narrative of Captain Barclay more particular- ly as to the Scarcity of Provisions at Lake Erie and the want of Seamen on board the Squadron correct and true as far as came within your knowledge and to the best of your belief?
A. Yes they are.
Q. How many experienced Seamen had you on board the Detroit when the Action commenced?
A. To the best of my knowledge not more than ten petty Officers included.
Q. How long had the Detroit been in Action when Captain Barclay unfort- unately received his Wound.
A. About two hours and a half to the best of my Recollection.
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