May 21st – Battle of Blomidon – This is the raid that contains an element of humour. Initially, the privateer entering the area in a shallop, described as “bristling with guns”, and towing two whale boats, captured a small schooner loaded with goods for British posts on the Saint John River.
Lt. Colonel Jonathan Crane and Captain William Bishop confronted this group with about 30 militiamen in an old schooner armed with a single six-pound brass cannon. Unfortunately, they had set out in such a rush, that they had not checked their powder supply, and it was the schooner that ran out of gunpowder, and with her rigging in tatters, was forced to surrender.
Fortunately, Lt. Belcher soon arrived in the armed sloop Success, and in a spirited battle off Cape Split, he defeated the raider whose crew escaped ashore in the whaleboats.
Lt. Belcher captured five of them the next day. Belcher now pursued and recaptured the schooner and that night Colonel Crane was able to free his men and retake his ship. This was a feat that was to be of enormous help to him in his later political career.
This same year, Captain Thomas Wm. Moore arrived at Partridge Island. He had purchased lot No. 6 from Jacob Hurd and there he built his home, the interior of which he had plastered with ‘plaster of Paris’ obtained at Windsor, thus earning it the name of ‘Whitehall’. The name survives today as Whitehall Road. He also purchased lot No. 9 from Jacob Bacon, a large portion of which he later turned over to the Church of England. It was here that our first actual church was erected.
Note: There may have been an error made when the old cemetery was laid off, as a portion of it was later found to be across the Cumberland Road when surveyed many years later by Crown Land surveyor Charles Harrison.