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The Siege of Louisbourg

N the 24th of March the flotilla
left its moorings, but scarcely
was it well out to sea when
the rolling of the little vessels,
the threatening weather, and the

well-known dangerous character of the coast,
must have made some at least regret the ad-
venturous spirit that had cajoled them into such
a difficult position. The gale increased, bring-
ing with it a "very fierse Storm of Snow," to
quote one of the citizen-soldiers ; but the ex-
fishing and coasting craft, now Government
transports, were manned by fishermen who,
like our own men of the Grand Banks, can
scarcely be approached in the practical handling
of boats. Knocked about by grievous head-
winds they certainly were, and considerably
scattered, but after a lively experience of ten
or twelve days, the fleet safely made its ren-
dezvous at Canso, not one missing. The post

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