The cobbles which he was able to intercept had just
been employed in transferring the contraband from
the dogger to the shore. Bowen captured one of
these small craft with a dozen casks aboard. Another
was forced ashore and secured by the land officers.
Meanwhile, the Dutchman stood out to sea so that he
might be able to draw off the spirits from large casks
into smaller ones, which were the better fitted for
running ashore. It was found afterwards that he
had large numbers of these lesser casks, and during
that evening she put about and crept stealthily in
towards the shore again until she approached within
about a mile of the mouth of the Tees. Her intention
was to run the rest of her cargo under cover of darkness,
and her skipper had arranged for large numbers of
men to be on that coast ready to receive and carry
off these casks. But Bowen was determined to head
her off this project. An exciting chase followed,
during which—to quote an official report
of the time—the dogger did her best “to
eat the sloop out of the wind,” that is to say
sailed as close to the wind as she could travel in
the hope of causing her adversary to drop to leeward.
For seven hours this chase continued, but after that
duration the Prince of Wales
captured the Young
eight leagues from the shore. This
is not a little interesting, for inasmuch as the chase
began when the dogger was a mile from the mouth of
the river, the vessels must have travelled about 23
statutory miles in the time, which works out at less
than 3-1/2 miles an hour. Not very fast, you
may suggest, for a Revenue cutter or for the Dutchman
either. But we have no details as to the weather,
which is usually bad off that part of the coast in
February (the month when this incident occurred), and
we must remember that the doggers were too bluff of
build to possess speed, and the time had not yet arrived
when those much faster Revenue cutters with finer
lines and less ample beam were to come into use.
 A snow was a vessel with three masts resembling
the main and foremast of a ship with a third and small
mast just abaft the mainmast, carrying a sail nearly
similar to a ship’s mizzen. The foot of
this mast was fixed in a block of wood or step but
on deck. The head was attached to the afterpart
of the maintop. The sail was called a trysail,
hence the mast was called a trysail-mast. (Moore’s
Midshipman’s Vocabulary, 1805.)
 It was the frequent custom at this time to speak
of sloops as cruisers.
 A dogger was a two-masted Dutch fishing-vessel
usually employed in the North Sea off the Dogger Bank.
She had two masts, and was very similar to a ketch
in rig, but somewhat beamy and bluff-bowed.
 These, of course, were not the light rowing-boats
of the kind that were in use on the Thames and elsewhere.
The term wherry was applied to various decked fishing-vessels
belonging to England, Ireland, and the Isle of Man.