18 June, 1813. Aboard HMS Acasta North American Station
First Lieutenants’ log
As we awaited a clearing Valiant fired a second signal upon which I ordered that sail be increased and that we steer one point to starboard in order to close Valiant.
We could see that Valiant was beginning to make all sail and adjusting course to the south. I ordered the sailing master to do the same. And continue to close.
We closed quickly as Acasta is a faster sailing ship due to her recent careenage at Halifax.
Within twenty minutes we could the signal flags reading “Enemy in sight.” “Wasp in pursuit.” Followed by “Equal speed and follow.”
We responded with an Affirmative.
We reduced sail to match Valiant.
As the chase was to windward of Valiant we are unable to see her and as such I gave the order for hands to breakfast as it will some time I suspect before we come to action.
A noon we could see the smallest part of the chases topmast over the horizon.
Noon sights 40d 55m North, 64d 53m W.
Sky clear, winds west northwest and steady. Seas a light chop.
Lt. James Hamilton RN