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1813. of Spain to assist the patriots, was under the com
mand of captain sir George Ralph Collier, of the Bioye 38-gun frigate Surveillante. In the early part of
May the force detached off the port of Castro de Urdeales consisted of the brig-slocps Lyra, captain Robert Bloye, and Royalist and Sparrow, captains James John Gordon Bremer and Joseph Needham Tayler. Although every thing was done by the three commanders and their respective officers and crews, in landing guns and bringing them into operation, the french force in the neighbourhood was too powerful to be resisted. By great exertions the garrison, consisting of about 1150 men, was embarked on board the brigs and conveyed to Bermeo. The loss sustained by the little squadron, in the service they performed, amounted to 10 wounded, including lieutenant Samuel Kentish and midshipman Charles Thomas Sutton (leg amputated) of the Royalist.
The principal object now was to blockade the port, ation of and prevent the french garrison from getting any
supplies. This was so effectually done, that on the cupa. 22d of June, after committing upon the inhabitants it by enormities of the most revolting description, the captain French evacuated the town and retired to Santona. Tayler.
The Sparrow having just at this moment arrived off the port, captain Tayler very properly garrisoned the castle; and such was the precipitate flight of the french commandant, on observing the approach of the british brig, that he fled without destroying the
artillery or powder. Breach On the 10th of July, at 10 A.M., the breaching ing bat-batteries, raised by the army of general Graham on
the Chope sand-hills, were opened against the walls upon of St.-Sebastian's; and a detachment of seamen was Sebas- landed from sir George Collier's squadron to co
operate in the attack, under the orders of the first lieutenant of the Surveillante, Dowell O'Reilly. The loss sustained by this detachment, up to the evening of the 21st of July, amounted to two seamen killed,
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lieutenant Robert Graham Dunlop, and five seamen 1818. wounded. The squadron stationed off St.-Sebastian's
Sept. consisted, besides the Surveillante, Lyra, and Spar-Squarow, of the 38-gun frigates Révolutionnaire and dron Présidente, captains John Charles Woolcombe and
rating Francis Mason, brig-sloops Beagle, Despatch, and in the Challenger, captains John Smith, James Galloway, and Frederick Vernon, schooners Holly and Juniper, and two gun-boats.
On the 31st of August two divisions of boats from Town the squadron, placed under the orders of captains SebasGalloway and Bloye, were sent to make a demonstra- tian tion on the back of the rock of St.-Sebastian's. The plan succeeded, and a large proportion of the garrison was diverted from the defence of the breach which, on the preceding day, had been made in the walls. The men-of-war brigs also weighed with a light breeze, and stood into the harbour. At 11 A. M. the assault by the breach took place, and at 1 h. 30m. P. M, the town was entered and possessed; but the citadel still held out. Captain Smith of the Beagle was slightly wounded, also three or four of the
On the 8th of September the breaching Castle and mortar batteries opened a most ruinous fire upon Motte the castle of La Motte, or citadel of St.-Sebastian's; surrenand in a very short time general Rey, the governor, sent out a flag of truce to propose terms of capitulation, which were immediately agreed to. In addition to the ships already named, there were present cooperating in the attack, the 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Magicienne, captain the honourable William Gordon, and the gun-brig Constant, lieutenant John Stokes. Among the naval officers who distinguished themselves on the occasion, captain sir George Collier names lieutenant the honourable James Arbuthnot of the Surveillante, also midshipmen Digby Marsh, George Harvey,
Bloye, and William Lawson.
On the 18th of March the british 38-gun frigate Undaunted, captain Thomas Ussher, chased a tartan
1813. under the battery of Carri, situated about five leagues March to the westward of Marseille. Light winds preventBoats ing the ship from getting up, lieutenant Aaron Tozer of Un- offered his services to destroy the battery. The
boats under his orders, assisted by Mr. Robert under Clennan the master, acting lieutenant Thomas Tozer Salkeld and lieutenant of marines Harry Hunt, Carri,
pushed off accordingly to execute the service.
The British landed, and in a few minutes afterwards batte- carried the battery, mounting four 24-pounders, a
6-pounder field-gun, and a 13-inch mortar; and this
two men killed and one wounded.
On the 30th, while the Undaunted was in company grave with the 38-gun frigate Volontaire, captain and senior es boats officer the honourable Granville George Waldegrave, of Vo- and the 18-gun brig-sloop Redwing, captain sir John taire, Gordon Sinclair, 14 merchant vessels were discovered &c. to at anchor in the harbour of Morgion, situated begion. tween Marseille and Toulon. Lieutenant Isaac
Shaw, first of the Volontaire, assisted by lieutenants
On the 31st, in the morning, lieutenant Shaw and lands his party landed at Sourion, and, marching over the
hills at daylight, carried the two batteries of the batte- place in the rear, after a partial resistance from 40
french troops stationed at them. Five 36-pounders
were thrown into the sea, one mortar well spiked, Syer
and all the ammunition destroyed. The boats, under takes lieutenant Dey Richard Syer, although elsewhere sion of opposed by two field-pieces, brought out 11 vessels, vessels. tartans and settees, laden with oil, and destroyed
some others. The whole service was accomplished 1813. with so slight a loss as one marine killed, and two
May. marines and two seamen wounded. The names of no other officers present, than those above given, appear in captain Waldegrave's letter, except midshipman Charles Wyvill, on whom great praise is bestowed.
On the 2d of May captain Robert Hussey Moubray, Capt. of the 74-gun ship Repulse, detached 100 marines bray from that ship, under captain Edward Michael Ennis, sends a along with the marines of the Volontaire and Undaunted, to destroy some newly erected works in the on vicinity of Morgion; while the boats of the squadron, to take under lieutenant Isaac Shaw, first of the Volontaire, vets of covered by the launches with their carronades and by Morthe brig-sloop Redwing, brought out some vessels
gion. that were in the harbour. The detachment of marines Malanded, and drove a detachment of french troops to land the heights in the rear of the harbour; where they defeat · were kept in check until the vessels were secured, french and the batteries, on which were found nine gun- While carriages and a 13-inch mortar, were blown up and seamen destroyed. On this occasion lieutenant Shaw was vessels. wounded; and in the boats two men were killed and three wounded. The vessels brought out were six in number, all laden, but small.
Between the 10th and 15th of May, through the Euryajudicious managementof captain Charles Napier of the drives 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Euryalus, the french coast- french ing trade, to and from Toulon to the eastward, was col- intoCalected in Cavalarie road, to the number of upwards of valarie. 20 sail. Judging this convoy to be a proper object of attack, captain Edward Brace, of the 74-gun ship Berwick, detached for the purpose the boats of the two ships under the orders of lieutenant Henry Johnston Sweedland, assisted by lieutenant Alexander Sandiland, first of the Euryalus, and, among others, by midshipmen John Monk and Maurice Crawford, containing, along with a detachment of seamen, the
1813. whole of the marines of the 74 and frigate, comMay. manded by captain William T. I. Matthews.
On the morning of the 16th the united detachments of Ber- landed, and in 20 minutes were in possession of the
batteries, and had begun to open a fire from them Eurya
upon the retreating enemy. The french national land, xebec Fortune, carrying 10 long 8-pounders and
four swivels, with a crew of 95 men, commanded by batte- lieutenant Félix-Marie-Louis-Anne-Joseph-Julien vessels. Lecamus, tried to effect her escape; but the Eury
alus, pushing close in, cut her off. The french crew then abandoned her, leaving her, with a hole made through her bottom by a shot from one of her guns and a train laid to her magazine, at anchor with a spring on her cable, under the fire of the Euryalus, the captured fort, and the launches. The vessel was promptly boarded by a division of the boats, and just in time to preserve her from blowing up or sinking: The vessels found in the harbour amounted to 22, of different descriptions. The whole were either taken or destroyed; and the object of the enterprise was fully accomplished, with no greater loss than one marine killed and one seaman missing.
On the 18th of August an attack was made upon
the batteries of Cassis, a town between Marseille carry and Toulon, by the Undaunted frigate, Redwing brig, ries of and 16-gun brig-sloop Kite, captain the honourable Cassis, Robert Cavendish Spencer, accompanied by a de
tachment of boats from the three first-named vessels, vessels, and from the Caledonia, Hibernia, Barfleur, and
Prince-of-Wales line-of-battle ships, part of sir Edward Pellew's fleet. Owing to light winds, the Undaunted could not take up the anchorage that captain Ussher intended; but the Redwing and Kite, in spite of a fire from four batteries that protected the entrance of the bay, swept themselves in, and took a most judicious position for covering the marines; who, led by captain Jeremiah Coghlan, of the Caledonia, carried the citadel battery by esca
British attack and