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larboard guns. The Boyne and San-Josef, as they 1813. arrived in succession, also got into action with the
Nov. french rear. Having reached the wake of the Wagram, the Caledonia wore, and came to on the French starboard tack, still engaging ; bụt the french ships, escape having the weathergage, in a few minutes got out of into gun-shot, and the firing, in which the batteries had slightly participated, ceased.
The casualties on either side, arising from this Daskirmish, were not of any serious amount. The mage Caledonia received one shot through her mainmast loss on and three or four in her hull; had a shroud and some backstays cut, and her launch and barge destroyed, with three seamen slightly wounded. One unlucky shot, which fell on the San-Josef's poop, struck off the leg of each of two fine young officers, lieutenant of marines William Clarke, and midshipman William Cuppage, and slightly wounded one marine and one
The Boyne and Scipion had each one man wounded slightly; and the latter had another ki).ed by an accident. The Pembroke had three men slightly wounded by shot, and the Pompée two men slightly burnt by accident ; total, 12 wounded by the enemy's fire, and one killed and two slightly wounded by accident. The Armada escaped without any loss, but one of the enemy's shot passed through the bows of her launch and lodged in the booms, The Agamemnon appears
to bave been the greatest Same sufferer among the french ships : she had her masts, french rigging, and sails a good deal damaged, and received side. several shot in her hull, by which nine men were slightly wounded. The Wagram also suffered, but in a less degree, and had only two men wounded. A shot, that entered the roundhouse of the Borée, wounded two seamen, and carried away the wheel ; a splinter from which slightly wounded captain Mahé. The Ulm had one man severely and another slightly wounded. Of the four advanced frigates, the Pénélope and Melpomène were the most engaged: both received damage in their sails, rigging, and hull,
1813, and the latter had one man wounded; making the
small squadron off Toulon, sir Edward Pellew soon
Lieut. Banks of the
LIGHT SQUADRONS AND SINGLE SHIPS.
of the Blazer gun-brig, commanding the small british Blazer force stationed off the island of Heligoland, having
received information of the distressed state of the sion of French at Cuxhaven and of the entrance of the Rushaven. sians into Hamburgh,, took the Brevdrageren gun
brig, lieutenant Thomas Barker Devon, under his
On the 20th, while the two gun-brigs were lying
at anchor off Cuxhaven, lieutenant Devon volunboats teered, with a boat from each brig, to go up the
river in quest of a privateer of which information guest had just been received. Accordingly, in the night, priva- taking with him the Brevdrageren's gig containing a teer. midshipman and eight men, and the six-oared cutter
of the Blazer, containing 11 men, commanded by
Mr. William Dunbar, her master, lieutenant Devon 1813. proceeded to execute the service he had undertaken. March
On the 21st, at daylight, the two boats found Lieut. themselves off the danish port of Brunsbuttel, Demon situated about 30 miles up the river, and close to gig galtwo large galliots at anchor. Under the supposition lantly that these were merchant vessels, lieutenant Devon, tures followed by the cutter at some distance, advanced to examine them. On the near approach of the boats gig, the two vessels were found to be gun-boats; the nearest of which instantly hoisted danish colours, hailed, and opened a fire, which, luckily for the people in the gig, passed over their heads. In this critical situation, lieutenant Devon considered that there was no safety but in resolutely boarding. He accordingly dashed alongside, and, in the smoke of the second discharge, which passed as harmlessly as the first, and amidst a degree of confusion among the Danes caused by the explosion of some cartridges, lieutenant Devon, his brother, midshipman Frederick Devon, (a youth only 12 years of age,) and eight men, captured, without the slightest casualty, the danish gun-boat Jonge-Troutman, commanded by lieutenant Lutkin of the danish navy, and mounting two long 18-pounders and three 12-pounder carronades, with a crew of 26 men; of whom two were wounded.
Mr. Dunbar arriving up, the prisoners were and; secured under the hatches, the cable cut, and sail the aid made after the other galliot, the commander of ofanwhich, on seeing the fate of his commodore, had cut boat
, and steered for Brunsbuttel, about four miles distant. The prize-galliot soon gained upon her late consort ; consort and, the wind being light, the Blazer's cutter was despatched to cut off the fugitive from her port. This Mr. Dunbar gallantly accomplished, and with his 11 men captured, without opposition, the danish gun-boat Liebe, of the same force as the JongeTroutman, and commanded by lieutenant Writt, also of the danish navy. This, it must be owned, was altogether a very gallant exploit, and lieutenant
1813, Devon well merited the praises that were bestowed
upon him for his conduct on the occasion, Capt.
Early in the month of October captain Arthur Farqu. Farquhar, of the 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Desirée,
arrived at Heligoland, and assumed the command in tle of the british naval force on that station. By this
time the French had regained possession of CuxSiege haven.
After performing several important services up the Weser and Ems, captain Farquhar, der of on the 30th of November, with a small squadron of
gun-brigs and gun-boats, successfully cooperated with a russian force in an attack upon the heavy batteries that defended Cuxhaven. *Crossing the Elbe, captain Farquhar afterwards ascended to Gluckstadt, and cooperated with a detachment of the crown prince of Sweden's army in reducing that important fortress. On the 5th of January, 1814, after an investment of 16, and a bombardment of six days, Gluckstadt surrendered by capitulation.
The british squadron which, besides the Desirée,
was employed on the occasion, appears to have been, vessels the 10-gun schooner-sloop Shamrock, captain John
Marshall, brig-sloop (late gun-brig) Hearty, captain
James Rose, gun-brigs Blazer, lieutenant Francis ployed. Banks, and Redbreast, lieutenant sir George Morat
Keith, and gun-boats, No. 1, lieutenant David Hanmer, No. 2, master's mate Thomas Riches, No. 3, lieutenant Charles Henry Seale, No. 4, lieutenant Andrew Tullock, No. 5, midshipman John Hallowes, No. 8, lieutenant Richard Roper, No. 10, lieutenant Francis Darby Romney, and No. 12, lieutenant John Henderson. Captain Farquhar, in his despatch, speaks also in high terms of captain Andrew Green, who commanded a party of seamen and marines on shore, and of his assistants, lieutenants Charles
Haultain and John Archer and midshipman George Their Richardson; likewise of lieutenant Joshua Kneeloss on shaw. The loss sustained by the flotilla amounted casion, to three men killed, and 16 wounded, including
captain Jones, midshipman Richard Hunt, and captain's clerk John Riches.
Names of british
and officers em
On the 16th of December, 1812, the french 1813, 40-gun frigate Gloire, captain Albin-René Roussin, Dec. sailed from Havre, with a very strong south-east wind, which carried her as far as the Lizard, and Gloire there left her, on the afternoon of the 17th, entirely with becalmed. On the 18th, at daylight, the Gloire andsis found herself nearly in the midst of nine vessels, by Althe greater part of them evidently merchantmen. bacore Two of the number, however, were vessels of war : Pickle. the nearest was the british 18-gun ship-sloop Albacore, (sixteen 32, and eight 12, pounder carronades and two long sixes, with a crew of 121 men and boys,) captain Henry Thomas Davies; and, about four miles to the westward of her, was the 14-gun brig-schooner Pickle, lieutenant William Figg. At 8A. M. the Gloire, who had been standing on the starboard tack, wore with a light air of wind and edged away for the Albacore, then bearing from her northeast by north. Each ship soon ascertained that the other was an enemy; and at 9 A. M. the Gloire hauled to the wind on the larboard tack, and made all sail to escape. Judging by this, probably, that the apparent french 40-gun frigate was an armée en flûte or large store-ship, captain Davies crowded sail in chase, followed, at some distance, by the Pickle; the latter and the Albacore making repeated signals, to apprize the vessels in sight of the presence of an enemy.
At 10 h. 12 m. A. M., having by carrying down the breeze arrived within carronade range on the french frigate's weather quarter, the Albacore opened her fire; whereupon the Gloire hoisted french colours and fired in return, hauling up a little, to bestow a raking broadside upon her unequal antagonist. To avoid this the Albacore tacked. The enbreeze soon afterwards fell to nearly a calm; and misire at 11 A, M., finding her antagonist much too strong but is for her, the Albacore discontinued the action, with obliged her fore spring-stay shot away, her rigging a good desist, deal damaged, and, what was the worst of all, with the loss of one lieutenant (William Harman) killed