and part of a fleet bound for Newcastle.
Making all together such a shew, that the Dutch (who had two or three weeks lyen vapouring at the Gunfleet) were amazed to view it, and some of them said, they thought, that every oak in England was grown into a ship since last battell.
The Dutch drew off to sea, and the English victuallers, collyers, and Gottenburgh ships, went into Harwich water to stay there untill the expected fight should be over.
On the 4tn August being Saint James's day, was fought an other Battell, wherein were slain of the Dutch in six hours time, 4 or 5 flag-men, above 5000 men; de Ruyter and most part of his fleet put to the rout, in that little time; two of their third rate ships taken, and immediately burnt that the pursuit might not be obstructed.
The Victory was follow'd to their own doors, and nothing but a calm shelter'd them from inevitable ruine.
The English fleet continued on the Dutch coast (after beating them all into harbour) above three weeks and sailing Northward, burnt 160 merchants ships, and two or three small men of warr in the Vlye, with a large Town or Village on the Island of Skelling, suppos'd to consist of a thousand houses. And afterwards, on the lltn of September, meeting the Dutch fleet of warr again at sea, chased them like timorous hares into Bullogne Bay, they not daring to look the English fleet in the face the remaining part of that yeare.
268. „NARRATTVE OF THE ENGAGEMENT", 4—5 Aug. 1666 ijj
Our fleet weighed anchor about 4 a clocke on Wednesday morning Aug. 4tn, wee then judgeing Orfordnes to beare off us W. and by S. about 15 leagues of, and the Dutch fleet beareing from us, and by E. about 4 leagues to the leeward of us, the wind being then at N.N.E. Our fleet stood with their van, and by 6 a clocke wee judged ourselves to be within 2 leagues of them, the wind being then at N. and by W. Wee observed most of the sternmost of their ships to ly with their foretopsayles to the mast, that soe they might bring their fleet into a halfe moone forme with equall distance from each other better to avoyd fireships, we having the wind of them and we judgeing they put themselves into the halfe moone forme concluding by that meanes that eyther the van or reare of their fleet must weather all or a great part of ours.
i) R. O., S. P. Dom. vol. CLXV, n». i. — Naar men zien zal is dit hetzelfde stuk als het volgende" nummer, maar in eenigszins afwijkende redactie. Welk van beide het oorspronkelijke stuk is, weet ik niet te zeggen.