George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., 13 August 1780

New London Sunday 8 OClock P.M. August 13th 1780


This day Six Persons deserted from the Brittish Fleet and Came into this Harbour in a Small boat, the Information they give, is that the Fleet were to Return to their Station of Block Island this day, and that General Clinton was Imbarking his troops att White Stone, and were to Come down the Sound to Procede Against New Port, and that two Ships was dispatch’d from the Fleet to Convoy the Transports to New Port—The Brittish Fleet are now Under Sail Steering to the Eastward, Inclos’d is a List of their Force, I am Sir your most Obedt Hume Servt

Nathl Shaw

P.S. The Above is Sent to New Port.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


c.13 August 1780

List of the British Fleet now lying at Anchor in Gardiners Bay and in the Sound.


The London 98
Bedford 74
Robust 74
Royal Oak 74
[Invincible] 74
Do name unknown 74
[Rudent] 64
Reasonable 64
Europe 64
Romulus 50
Renown 50
Do name unknown 50
Roebuck 40
Frigates The Rawleigh

Galatia & Halifax Sloops of War one Fire Ship.

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