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1813. of the two batteries, along with the field-piece, July stores, and shipping ; but no prisoners were made,

the governor and every officer and man of the

garrison having ran away. Slight

Considering that the number of troops in the town, curred. besides the natives, was upwards of 350, the loss

on the british side, in amounting to only one marine killed, and lieutenant Lloyd and five seamen and marines wounded, was comparatively trifling. Although the town was stormed in every part, such was the prudent management of captains Rowley and Hoste, that not an individual was plundered, nor was

any thing taken away, except what was afloat and in taken the government stores. Ninety vessels were captured. and de- More than half of these were restored to the prostroyed

prietors ; 13, laden with oil, grain, powder, and merchandise, were sent to Lissa, and the remainder destroyed. The guns on the batteries were rendered useless, and 500 stands of arms and 200 barrels of powder were brought off

. Capts. On the 5th the british squadron moved from Hoste Fiume to Porto-Ré; at which place captains Hoste Mark- and Markland landed with the marines, and found

the forts abandoned by the enemy. The boats went Ré, &c. up to Bocca-Ré, where a convoy of 13 sail had been

scuttled ; and, after rendering the guns, 10 in number, useless, and destroying the carriages and works, the two captains returned to their

respective ships. Eagle On the 7th, at 11 A. M., the Eagle attacked the and de- fortress of Farasina, mounting five 18-pounders. stroys After some resistance, the works were stormed and of Fa- carried, under cover of the ship's fire, by a party of rasina. seamen and marines, under the command of lieutenants

Greenaway and Hotham and lieutenant of marines Samuel Lloyd. The guns were disabled and the works laid in ruins; and at 2 P. M. the party reembarked, with no greater loss than midshipman John

Hudson slightly wounded. Capt.

On the 2d of August, in the evening, while the lands Eagle and Bacchante were sailing along the coast of

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Istria, a convoy of 21 sail was seen at anchor in the 1813. harbour of Rovigno. Conceiving the capture of Aug. the vessels feasible, an attack was determined on; at Roand, the Bacchante leading in, the two ships opened vigno, their fire on the batteries. After some resistance, stroys the batteries were abandoned; whereupon captain bietes Hoste landed with a detachment of seamen and &c. marines, drove the enemy out of the town, disabled the guns, and destroyed or brought off the whole of the vessels; and that with so slight a loss as one marine wounded.

On the 4th of August, in the evening, the boats of Capti the 74-gun ship Milford and brig-sloop Weasel, of the under captain Black of the latter, accompanied by lands lieutenant John Grant, and lieutenant of marines at and Kenyon Stevens Parker, left the Milford about seven Ragosleagues from the island of Ragòsniza, and, having niza. passed the sea-battery within pistol-shot unperceived, landed at the back of the island. At day, light on the 5th, the french troops were saluted with a cheer from the British at the top of the hill; who, quickly descending, entered the battery at the rear, where it was open, and carried it without much resistance. Six 24-pounders and two 7-inch mortars were mounted on the battery. These were disabled, a newly erected signal tower demolished, and the seamen and marines returned on board without any loss.

On the 5th of October rear-admiral Fremantle, Attack with the Milford, Eagle, and some smaller vessels, upon arrived off and blockaded the port of Triest, while surrena detachment of austrian troops from the main body Triest

. under general count Nugent invested the town by land. On the 10th the French unexpectedly opened a masked battery of two guns upon the Milford, whose stern was towards the shore. Captain Markland in a few minutes got a spring upon the cable, and in a quarter of an hour disabled both guns, and killed two and wounded seven of the men stationed at them, while not a man was hurt on


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1913. board the Milford. On the same day captain Mark

land landed with the marines and two field-pieces;
and on the 11th general Nugent returned from
Gorizia, having obliged the viceroy to pass the
Isongo. It was then determined to lay siege to
the castle. By the 16th the British had 12 guns

two batteries, which opened their fire and continued
it nearly the whole day. Towards evening the
French were driven from the windmill, and the
Austrians took possession of the fort, and of two
howitzers advanced there. The fire was continued
with increased effect until the 29th, when colonel
Rabie, the french commanding officer, surrendered
on a capitulation.

Captain Rowley commanded one of the batteries serving on shore, and was accompanied by lieutenants Wil

liam Hotham and Charles Moore, and midshipman
Edward Hibbert. Captain Fairfax Moresby, of
the brig-sloop Wizard, also commanded a battery,
and, having been ordered to form another battery of
four 32-pounders within breaching distance, he did
so in the course of 56 hours, under every disad-
vantage of weather, and without any other assist-
ance than 50 men from the Milford and 20 from his
own sloop. Mr. William Watts, acting master of
the Wizard, and who was severely wounded, is also
spoken highly of in the rear-admiral's despatch ; as
is likewise captain David Dunn, of the armed en

flûte 32-gun frigate Mermaid. Captain Markland, Losson as has already been mentioned, was also on shore casion. in command of the marines. The loss of the British

on this occasion amounted to 10 seamen and marines Bac. killed, and 35 wounded, including Mr. Watts and a chante midshipman of the Wizard, Edward Young.

On the 12th the Bacchante arrived off Ragusa, force and was joined by the Saracen and three gun-boats,

with a detachment of the garrison of Curzola on Castel- board ; and, from the information of captain Harper

and the insurrection of the Bocchese, captain Hoste Rosas. lost no time in proceeding to Castel-Nuova, On

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the 13th, in the morning, the Bacchante and Saracen 1813. forced the passage between that castle and the fort Sept. of Rosas, and, after some firing, secured a capital anchorage for the squadron about three miles above Castel-Nuova. At 10 P. M. captain Hoste detached captain Harper with the two sicilian gun-boats, the launch and barge of the Bacchante, and the boats of the Saracen, to capture the enemy's armed naval force represented to be lying between the island of St.-George and the town of Cattaro.

On going through the passage of Cadone, the Capt. boats received a heavy but ineffectual fire from the Harper island of St.-George; and at midnight, when within the four miles of Cattaro, captain Harper found the of St.. enemy's four gun-boats in a state of revolt, and in- George stantly took possession of them. He then landed and summoned the inhabitants, who immediately, at his request, armed en masse against the French. Having brought about this change, captain Harper hoisted the english and austrian flags on board the four captured gun-boats, and, manning them with part English, proceeded down to attack the island of St.-George. On the 13th, at 6 A. M., a heavy and welldirected fire was opened from the gun-boats under the command of lieutenant Frank Gostling of the Bacchante, upon the island, and returned from the batteries. In 15 minutes, however, the French were driven from their guns, and were eventually compelled to surrender at discretion. The possession of this island was of great importance, as it commands the narrow channel to the narrow branch of the river that leads up to Cattaro.

On the 16th of September, at daylight, the Boats british 18-gun brig-sloop Swallow, captain Edward Reynolds Sibly, being well in-shore between the low river Tiber and d’Anzo, discovered a brig and xebec between herself and the latter harbour, zo, Captain Sibly immediately despatched after them three of the Swallow's boats, under the orders of lieutenant Samuel Edward Cook, assisted by master's mate

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1813. Thomas Cole and midshipman Henry Thomas. After

a row of two hours, the boats overtook, close under
D'Anzo, the french brig Guerrier, of four guns and
60 stands of small-arms; and, notwithstanding that
numerous boats and two gun-vessels had been sent
from D'Anzo to her assistance, and kept the brig in
tow until the British were alongside, lieutenant Cook
and his party gallantly carried her; but, in doing so,
he sustained a loss, in his own boat, of two seamen
killed and four severely wounded.

On the 5th, in the morning, the 74-gun ship Edinburgh

burgh, captain the honourable George Heneage squa- Lawrence Dundas, 38-gun frigates Impérieuse, capattack tain the honourable Henry Duncan, and Resistance,

captain Fleetwood Broughton Reynolds Pellew,
sloops Swallow, Eclair, and Pylades, the two latter
commanded by captains John Bellamy and James
Wemyss, assembled off the port D'Anzo, where
lay a convoy of 29 vessels, which for several days
past had been watched by captain Duncan. The
necessary arrangements having been made by that
officer for the attack, captain Dundas merely added
the force of the Edinburgh to it. The place was
defended by two batteries, mounting two heavy guns
each, on a mole, a tower to the northward of this
with one gun, and a battery to the southward with

two guns, to cover the mole.
Ships At 1 h. 30 m. P. M., every thing being prepared,

the ships bore up, and took their stations as follows:

The Impérieuse and Resistance against the mole batland, teries; the Swallow against the tower; the Eclair and

Pylades against the battery to the southward, and the
Edinburgh supporting the two last-named ships.
Soon after the ships had opened their fire, which they
did together by signal, a detachment of seamen,
under lieutenant Eaton Travers, of the Impérieuse,
and the marines under captain Thomas Mitchell,
landed in the best order close under the southern
battery, which lieutenant Travers instantly carried,
driving the French in all directions: Lieutenant

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