From "Journal du Siège d'Orléans", as part of the entry for a battle on January 25th: "... in this skirmish a culverin was also lost, belonging to Maitre Jean, who was in great danger of being captured: for as he was trying to retreat in his santine [a type of river boat], others boarded along with him, so that it sank in the river: as a result of which he determined to retreat in a large chalan [another type of boat]; but he never could, for it had already departed... Despite all of these misfortunes, he reached the river bank by swimming on the rudder [of the santine], and attained safety inside the city, leaving his culverin which had already been captured by the English, who brought it into Les Tourelles." (for the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol IV, pp. 112 - 113).
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