A. Twice a day from the time he arrived when weather permitted from an hour and a half to two hours each time and Captain Barclay came forward and saw that they were properly exercised
Q. Were they exercised with Powder?
A. Yes they were occasionally.
Q. Were they exercised with Powder as often as the reduced State of the Ammunition at Amherstburg the only place from whence I could get a Supply would allow?
A. Yes they were but not to occasion a Waste of Powder.
Q. Did I exert every Means in my power not only to render the Detroit an effective Ship in every way as well as that of the other Vessels?
A. He did every thing that a brave and experienced Officer possibly could do not only in fitting out the Ships, but in speaking to and encouraging the Men when we came into Action which appeared to me to give the Men the greatest Confidence.
Q. Was I obliged to take from the Equipments of the Queen Charlotte Sails and other Articles to render the Detroit at all fit to take the Lake?
Q. When I first saw the Enemy clear of the Islands did I bear up and make as much Sail as enabled the rest of the Squadron to keep up with me that I might speedily bring them into Action?
Q. Did I in the disabled State of the Detroit when assailed by a fresh force display an undiminished Courage and give every Encouragement to the Crew?
A. You did every thing that an Officer possibly could do.
Q. Were the Matches and Tubes so bad that were supplied to me from Amherstburg that I was obliged to prime without the latter and fire pistols at the Guns to set them off?
A. Yes we fired pistols at the Guns to set them off during the whole of the Action.
Lieutenant Stokoe called in again Captain Barclay asked.
Q. Did I cause the Men to be exercised at their Guns not only in my own Ship but in the rest of the Squadron to train them as much as possible to the Use of the Guns?
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