The journal is the product of a cruise of the Baltimore privateer schooner Rossie in the Chesapeake Bay under the command of Joshua Barney, spanning from July 11 to August 30, 1812. The journal notes daily sailing conditions and other observations, such as the positions of other privateers (including Nonsuch, Comet, and High Flyer), as well as events such as the capturing of prize vessels, the taking of prisoners of war, the taking of friendly fire from an American frigate (July 25), news of the battle between U.S.S. Constitution and H.M.S. Guerriere (August 24), and the ship's return to New Port (August 30). Ships seized or burned by the Rossie include: Nymph (July 22); Princess Royal and Kitty (July 31); the brigs Fame and Devonshire and the schooner Squid (August 2); the schooners Race Horse, Hallifax, and Brothers, and the brig William (August 3); Jeanie (August 9); the brig Rebecca (August 10); and the ship Euphrates (August 24).
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