Journal of His Majestys Ship Preston

Captain John Robinson, Commanding1

June 1775
Saturday 17
Remarks Boston Harbour
at 4 [A M] we observed that the Rebels were Intrenching upon a Hill that Commanded Boston — The Lively and Glasgow kept firing upon their Battery and were soon seconded by Shot and Shells from Boston which Lasted till noon at which time we made the Signal for all Boats Mann'd & Armed.
P M at 1 The Boats of the Fleet and Transports repaired to the different wharfes to embark the Troops and Ferry them over, which was done to the West side of Mystake River; The Lively, Glasgow, Falcon, with the Symmetry Transport and an Arm'd Sloop kept a Constant fire upon the Rebels, to prevent their annoying the Troops on Landing.   At 3 The Troops, after having formed upon The Beech, advanced to the Rebels Intrenchments from which they dislodged them with the Loss of 150 Men.   Our Boats Employed in Carrying the Wounded over to Boston, and bringing fresh Troops.

1. PRO, Admiralty 51/720.
Source: Naval Documents of the American Revolution, I, 701