Mercure Galant: Canon Fishing

Esteemed Readers, have you ever thought about a canon fishing? It must be a very amusing way of entertainment. At least this note published in the “Mercure Galant” makes this impression:

“Shipwreck happened at the Isle Davés has been covered with success for the French who have surpassed Peoples spending all their lives at the Sea.

The Dutch wanted to draw Canons our ships have lost (there) but they caught only 25 pieces…Then they gave up this affair & turned it to those who were engaged with Ships. The order for this Fishing was given to Mr. Forran who managed to catch 368 whole canons, 191 items from cast iron & 177 items from iron. This “fishing” took him about 5-6 days… Then the Dutch decided to send a ship to possess the Isle (Davés) but were surprised to find Our People there. So, the only thing they were allowed to take were some woods. The Governor of Corassol received Mr. Forran & demanded all the canons they had caught back & immediately he sent a letter of displeasure to the Netherlands…”

Live and Learn!

Vive le Roy! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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6 Responses to Mercure Galant: Canon Fishing

  1. Excellent, Maria. I would love to see them pull in a 500 pounder.

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