ON the morning of that day, the signal gun was fired by the Defiance, while the yellow flag of death was hoisted, for the execution of the above disloyal seamen, who had been sentenced to death by a general court-martial. A lieutenant, in a boat manned and armed, was immediately sent from each ship to witness the awful scene. The crews of the respective ships were called on deck, and the articles of war read to them by their captains, who afterwards warned them to take example from the fate of the unhappy men about to suffer.
The Rev. Dr. Hatherhall, chaplain of the Sandwich, (who has constantly been with the prisoners since their condemnation) administered the sacrament to all of them, except Michael Cox and Martin Ealey, who were Roman Catholics; after praying with them until near eleven o'clock, they were brought on deck; and the ropes fixed around their necks, when John Flint, George Wythick, John Lawson, and William Handy, were made acquainted, that His Majesty had been pleased to pardon them. Handy, who had a wife and child on board, immediately ran down and fainted in her arms; Lawson, addressing the clergyman, said, "I am afraid I shall never again be so well prepared for eternity."
At a quarter past eleven the signal for the execution of the remainder, was made by firing a gun, when Michael Cox, Robert M'Laurin, John Sullivan, Martin Ealey, and William Morrison, were launched into eternity. After hanging the usual time, their bodies were sent on shore to the agent at sick quarters for interment. This awful spectacle had a due effect upon the several ships companies, who behaved in a very proper and becoming manner on the occasion.