ship. There was no tacking to releeve the Royall Prince, without running all the ships of our fleet into a worse danger than that they had newly escaped: the ship being fast upon the shoalest part of the Galoper, and the enemies whole fleet at a small distance off to windward of her. So the Generall made saile to joyn with the Prince, sending him timely notice of the dangerous sand, for his Highness had a mind to attack the enemy then; and they had drawn out a squadron of ships, making as if they had an intention to fight the Prince, purposely to deeoy him upon the said sand.
In the mean while they had sent some frigatts to take the ship Prince, and two fireships to burn her in case of resistance. Sir George Ascough would have blowed her up, but the men struck the flagge, and submitted her into the enemies hands, who took out the admirall and his men, and such things as they could quickly carry away, and perceiving that our two fleets were joyned and preparing for another fight, they set her on fire about 9 at night, and with their whole fleet retreated towards their own Coasts.
All night wee followed with an easy saile, and about 4 on Monday morning June 14tn the Dutch were out of sight, however it was not their intent to run away; onely they shewed üs a peece of Dutch policy (perhaps not blamable) to fight as near home as they could, that they might receive recruits, if any were ready, and with more ease secure their lame ships within their owne harbours.
About 5, or 6 a clock they stayed for us, and before 8 wee came up with them; the Prince his fresh squadron began the Battell, vice admirall Mings leading the van, first attack'd the enemy with brave resolution; and being mortally wounded, captain Narbrough, now Sir John, fought the ship, as became the lieutenant of so great a commander. The Prince with his division feil in among them next, follow'd by rear admirall Spragge, and then the Generall with the remains of his fleet; which in a day and a halfs respite, was by great diligence and industry, put again into a fighting condition.
The fight was maintained with great resolution on both sides, untill about four in the afternoone: when wee seem'd to have all the ' advantage. Por the Generall with his fleet in a regular line, was to leeward of the body of the Dutch; and severall of their ships had struck their ensignes, and came by the lee in token of submitting themselves to ours.
At the same time, the Prince with his squadron, in very good order, had got the weather-gage of the Dutch; and while his Highness was attacquing them, with design to force them among the Generalis fleet (between both which they must have been totally routed), the Royall James (wherein the Prince was) by some unlucky shotts was so disabled, that he could not in her continue the fight, without lying