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on that service, under the orders of lieutenants 1813. George Bowen and Michael Quin. The enemy Jan. became so much discouraged at having Murat's neapolitan colours cut down by the first shot from the Apollo's barge, that the tower was carried without the assistance of the ships or the slightest loss. It contained a telegraph, three carriage-guns, and three swivels, and was blown up.

On the 18th of January, 1813, rear-admiral Thomas Apollo Francis Fremantle, the british commander in chief in takes the Adriatic, detached the Apollo, accompanied by lands the Esperanza privateer and four gun-boats, having on board 250 troops under lieutenant-colonel and Robertson, to attack the island of Augusta. On the 29th the island surrendered; and captain Taylor bestows great praise upon lieutenant Bowen, first, and Mr. Thomas Ullock, purser, of the Apollo, who served on shore; also, for their gallantry in the frigate's barge, launch, and yawl, midshipmen William Henry Brand, William Hutchinson, and William David Folkes. Colonel Robertson having left a garrison in Augusta, the Apollo and small vessels sailed, on the 1st of February, for the neighbouring island of Curzola; and, on the same night, 160 soldiers, 70 seamen, and 50 marines, with a howitzer, landed at Port Bufalo, and surprised and carried a hill that commanded the town. Finding that, notwithstanding the British had got their fieldguns to this spot and that the advance was already in possession of the suburbs, the enemy appeared determined to hold out, captain Taylor took off the Apollo's seamen, and on the morning of the 3d attacked and silenced the sea-batteries. This led to an immediate capitulation. The loss to the British on the occasion amounted to two seamen killed and one slightly wounded, and the Apollo had her mainmast badly wounded and her rigging much cut.

On the night of the 11th of April captain Taylor Boats sent three boats of the Apollo, and two belongin” to Apollo

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1813, the 32-gun frigate Cerberus, captain Thomas Garth,
April. cruising in company, to take temporary possession

of the Devil's island near the north entrance of
Corfu; by which the boats captured a brig and

trabaccolo going into Corfu with grain. On the Devil's 14th the two frigates chased a vessel, which, on its

falling calm, escaped into Malero. Perceiving that
the five boats were proceeding to attack her, and
fearing from the natural strength of the island that
they would not succeed, captain Taylor sent to
desire that the boats would wait until the Apollo
came up:

The message, however, arrived too
late, and lieutenant Edward Hollingworth Delafosse,
first of the Cerberus, and Mr. Ullock, purser, of
the Apollo, were wounded. On the arrival of the
Apollo, captain Taylor landed the marines; who,
after some skirmishing, captured the island, and
found eight vessels laden with grain, but scuttled.

On the 24th of April, at daylight, observing a

felucca run into St.-Cataldo and disembark troops, drive captain Taylor landed 30 marines under lieutenants french John Tothill and Colin Campbell, who, by a steady from charge, dislodged them from a strong position, made St.-Ca- 26 prisoners, and killed one and wounded several.

The boats in the mean time brought out the vessel,
and the whole service was executed without loss.

On the 17th of May, while cruising off Otranto,

the Cerberus discovered an enemy's vessel close to frigate the land a little to the southward of Brindisi ; and vessel" which, upon being chased, ran herself on shore

under a martello tower. Captain Garth immediately
despatched three boats belonging to the Cerberus,
under lieutenant John William Montagu, and two
belonging to the Apollo, under lieutenant William
Henry Nares, to attempt to bring out the vessel.
This, after receiving her fire, they accomplished
without any loss, and drove some of the enemy's
troops, who had come down to protect her, a con-

way up the country. The vessel was armed

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with a 6-pounder in the bow and a swivel. On the 1813. next morning the boats brought off a gun from a June. martello tower a little further to the southward.

On the 27th, observing a convoy collected in Otranto, which it was thought would push for Corfu the first north-west wind, captain Garth, on the following morning, took a station off Faro, to endeavour to intercept them, and sent the barge and pinnace of the Cerberus and the barge and gig of the Apollo, under lieutenants Montagu and Nares, close in shore. At about 1 A. M. the vessels came out, protected by eight gun-boats. Notwithstanding this strong force, and that they were aided by three more gun-boats from Faro, and the cliffs covered with french troops, the four british boats attacked them in the most determined and gallant manner. Lieutenant Nares, in the Apollo's barge, boarded and carried one gunboat, and midshipman William Hutchinson, in the Apollo's gig, actually boarded and carried another before the barge of the Cerberus could get alongside. In boarding another gun-boat, Mr. Thomas Richard Suett, master's mate of the Cerberus, was shot through the heart. This, with one seaman killed, and one marine dangerously wounded, was the extent of the british loss. The gun-boats taken had each a 9-pounder in her bow and two 4-pounders abast, and were carrying troops to Corfu. * Four of the convoy were also taken.

On the 17th of June, at 9 P. M., captain John Capt. Harper, of the 18-gun brig-sloop Saracen, accom- of the panied by lieutenant William Holmes and lieutenant Saracen of marines Edward Hancock, put off with his boats and containing 40 men, and at 11 P. m. landed upon

Zapang island of Zapano. After a difficult march of three miles, captain Harper surprised and took prisoners à corporal's guard that was in advance. Pushing for the guard house and commandant's quarters, he then carried the whole by the bayonet, without loss, and took 36 prisoners, including the commanding officer of the two islands of Zapano and Mezzo. The remaining

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1913. 16 officers and men of the garrison effected their June. escape.

On the 29th of April the boats of the 74-gun ships Elizabeth and Eagle, captains Edward Leveson Gower and Charles Rowley, under the orders of

lieutenants Mitchell Roberts and Richard Greenaway, Eagle

assisted, among others, by lieutenant Thomas Holvessels brook, fell in, off Goro, with a convoy of seven Goro. armed merchant vessels, laden with oil. Four of

them were captured, and the remaining three ran
themselves on shore into a tremendous surf, under
the protection of a two-gun battery, two schooners,
and three settee gun-boats, that opened a most gall-
ing fire. Notwithstanding all these difficulties, one
of the vessels was brought off, and another destroyed,
without a casualty

On the 8th of June, observing three vessels,

supposed to contain powder, within the town of ships Omago on the coast of Istria, captain Gower, after land at the two ships had fired for some time, detached

the marines, under captain John Hore Graham and
lieutenants Thomas Price and Samuel Lloyd, who
soon drove the enemy, consisting of 100 french
soldiers, out of the town; while the boats of the
Elizabeth and Eagle, under lieutenants Mitchell
Roberts, Martin Bennett, Richard Greenaway,
and William Hotham, destroyed a two-gun battery
and brought out four vessels. This service was
executed with no greater loss than one man wounded.

On the 20th, at daybreak, captain Gower caused : zabeth to be landed at Dignano, opposite to the Prioni take, islands, 50 seamen from the Elizabeth, under the sion of orders of lieutenants Roberts and Bennett, and the Digna- marines under captain Graham and lieutenant Price;

who, assisted by lieutenant Henry Richard Bernard
with a division of armed boats, took possession of the
town, and made prisoners of the french troops within
it, without the slightest loss.

On the 3d of July, in the morning, rear-admiral
Fremantle, with the 74-gun ships Milford, (flag,).


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captain John Duff Markland, Elizabeth, and Eagle, 1813. Bacchante frigate, and gun-brig Haughty, lieutenant July. James Harvey, got under way, with a light breeze Rearat south-west, from an anchorage about four miles adm. from Fiume; and, leaving a detachment of boats mantle and marines with the Haughty to storm the battery attacks at the mole-head as soon as the guns were silenced, proceeded to attack the sea-line batteries of the town, mounting 15 heavy guns. A shift of wind to the south-east, aided by a strong current from the river, broke the ships off, and the Eagle could only fetch the second battery, opposite to which she anchored; and against which she presently opened so well-directed a fire, that the fort soon became silenced.

This being communicated by telegraph, rear-Capts. admiral Fremantle made the signal to storm; when


and captain Rowley, leading in his gig the first detach- Hoste ment of marines, took possession of the fort and hoisted english colours; while captain Hoste, with french the marines of the Milford, took and spiked the guns of the first battery, which had been under the fire of the take Milford and Bacchante, and early evacuated. Leay-town. ing a party of seamen to turn the guns of the second battery against the others, captain Rowley, without losing time, boldly dashed on through the town, although annoyed by the enemy's musketry from the windows of the houses, and a field-piece placed in the centre of the great street; but the marines, headed by lieutenants Samuel Lloyd and Edmund Nepean, and the seamen from the boats, proceeded with such firmness, that the french troops retreated before them, drawing the field-piece until they came to the square; where they made a stand, taking post in a large house. At this time the boats, under "captain Markland, with their carronades, opened upon the gable end of it with such effect, that the French gave way at all points, and forsook the town in every direction. Captain Hoste, with his division, followed close to captain Rowley; and, on their junction, the two captains took possession

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