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1812. of being laid on board by several such opponents at
March. once, captain Harvey, with the signal Aying for an

enemy, bore up to a brig which he then observed in
the offing. The moment the latter, which was the
brig-sloop Griffon, of fourteen 24-pounder carronades
and two sixes, captain George Trollope, answered
the signal, the Rosario again hauled to the wind, and
at 40 minutes past noon recommenced harassing the
rear of the flotilla, then endeavouring, under all sail,
to get into Dieppe. The Rosario tacked and wore
occasionally, in order to close, receiving each time

the fire of the whole line. At 1 h. 30 m. P. M., being fotilla, far enough to-windward, the Rosario most gallantly

ran into the body of the french flotilla, and, by bri con cutting away the running rigging of the two nearest

brigs, drove them on board each other: she then, takes backing her main topsail, engaged them within musketother. shot, until they were clear, and afterwards stood on

and engaged a third brig; who, losing her mainmast
and fore topmast by the board, dropped her anchor.
Passing her, the Rosario drove the next brig in the
line on shore. Two more brigs of the flotilla yet
remained to-leeward. Bearing up for these, the
Rosario, at that time not more than three quarters of
a mile from the shore, ran the nearest brig on
board, and quickly carried her.

So far the Rosario had acted alone, the Griffon,
with all her exertions, not having yet arrived within

gun-shot. While, however, the Rosario was bearing shore away with her prize, clear of the batteries, captain

Harvey passed and hailed his friend, directing him

to chase the remaining brig of the two which the other. Rosario had last attacked with so much success.

The Griffon immediately proceeded on the service,
and drove the french brig on shore near St.-Aubin,
under a very heavy fire from the batteries. Seeing
no probability of the Griffon's being able to destroy
the brig, captain Harvey, who was occupied in
removing his prisoners and repairing the running
rigging of the Rosario, signalled the Griffon to

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attack the remaining nine brigs of the flotilla in the 1812. south-east, then anchoring close in-shore. In obe-born dience to this signal, the Griffon ran in-shore of one of the brigs at anchor near the centre, and, in the most gallant manner boarded and carried her. Captain Trollope then cut the cables of his prize, and stood out with her, in the face of a heavy fire from the batteries, and from the remaining eight french brigs.

Finding, as the Griffon passed him, that she was Griffon too much disabled in her rigging immediately to renew the attack, yet determined, although his pri- brig. soners already equalled his sloop's company, to have another of the brigs, captain Harvey ran on board the brig which the Rosario, by her fire, had previously dismasted ; and which, unknown to him at the time, on accountof the darkness of the evening, had just been abandoned by her crew. While, with their three prizes, the Rosario and Griffon stood out to the offing, leaving two other brigs on shore, the french French commodore, with the seven remaining brigs of his moflotilla, got under way and entered Dieppe. In this dore truly gallant exploit, no other loss appears to have Dieppe been sustained on the british side, than one midshipman, Jonathan Widdicomb Dyer, who conducted himself most nobly, and four men wounded, on board the Rosario. It is pleasant to be able to state, that merit met its reward: captain Harvey was made post, and Mr. Dyer a lieutenant, on the same day, the 31st of March.

On the 3d of May, in the afternoon, receiving a Skytelegraphic communication from the 18-gun brig- and sloop Castilian, captain David Braimer, at Dungeness, Apelles that the 16-gun brig-sloop Skylark, captain James Boxer, and 14-gun brig-sloop Apelles, captain Frederick Hoffman, were on shore to the westward of logne. Boulogne, captain Alexander Cunningham, of the 10gun brig-sloop Bermuda, accompanied by the Rinaldo of the same force, captain sir William George Parker, got under way and hastened towards the french coast,

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1812. in the hope to be able to render assistance to the two May. brigs, particularly the Apelles, whose fate was more

uncertain than that of her consorts.

On the 4th, at daybreak, the Rinaldo discovered get off, and chased the Apelles, which had just been got but are afloat by the French, from a spot about five miles to

the eastward of Etaples, and was now steering along-
shore under jury-sails. At 9 A. M. the Bermuda
and Rinaldo closed with the brig, and, after a few
broadsides, drove her on shore under a battery about
two miles nearer to Etaples. As the tide was falling,
captain Cunningham discontinued the attack, in con-
sequence of the advantage which the French would
have in placing their field-pieces and small-arm men
close to the Apelles at low-water mark. Before the
tide served to renew the attack, captain Cunningham
was joined by the Castilian, also by the 14-gun brig-
sloop Phipps, captain Thomas Wells.

At 2 h. 30 m. P, M. the Bermuda, followed in line
of battle by the other brigs, stood in close under the

battery; each sloop, as she got abreast of the Apelles and the Apelles, pouring in her broadside. By these vigorbrig re. ous means, the french troops who were on board

the Apelles were driven out of her. The boats of the squadron, as had been previously arranged, under the orders of lieutenant Thomas Saunders, first of the Bermuda, then pushed for, and, covered by the fire of the sloops, boarded the grounded brig; and, although for a considerable time exposed to a galling fire of shot and shells from the battery and from a collection of field-pieces on the beach, lieutenant Saunders and his party, by 4 P. M., succeeded in getting the Apelles afloat and restoring her to the service. Notwithstanding the unremitting fire kept up from the shore, not a man, either in the brigs or

the boats, was hurt on the occasion. Sky Four of the french soldiers, not having time to

escape, were taken in the Apelles; as well as the whole stroyed of her late crew, except captain Hoffman and 19 men. by her The officers and crew of the Skylark, after having

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set their vessel on fire, also arrived in safety on 1812, board the little squadron. For his zeal and promp- Jan. titude in executing this service, captain Cunningham was shortly afterwards promoted to post-rank.

On the 9th of January the two french 40-gun frigates Arienne and Andromaque, and 16-gun brigcorvette Mamelouck, under the orders of commo- Aridore Martin Le Foretier, sailed from Nantes upon Androa cruise. On the 15th, at noon, in latitude 44° 10' maque, north, longitude 14° 14' west, they fell in with the Mamebritish 24-pounder 40-gun frigate Endymion, captain sir William Bolton. In about an hour afterwards the from latter, who was to-leeward, exchanged numbers with Endythe 50-gun ship Leopard, captain William Henry and Dillon, having under her protection a convoy from

pard. Lisbon. At 2 P. M. the Endymion, one of the fastest sailing ships in the british navy, tacked after the two french frigates and brig, and at 4 P. M. was joined in the chase by the Leopard; who had previously signalled her convoy to make the best of their way into port. At 4 h. 30 m. P. M. the french vessels were observed to be under easy sail, as if in no dread of being overtaken. At 5 P. M. the Endymion ran the Leopard out of sight, and at 8 P. M. the french squadron ran her out of sight.

Having thus effected their escape, the french fri- Comgates very soon commenced their depredations upon rious commerce; plundering and destroying, not only eng- de biens lish merchant vessels, but those of Spain, Portugal, and the United States of America. Intelligence of com all this reaching the board of admiralty, the commander in chief of the Channel fleet, admiral lord Keith, then resident at Plymouth, was directed to order the officer in command off the port of Brest, to detach a force to endeavour to intercept these french frigates on their return to France.

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1812. certainly an officer, possessed of more zeal, ability,

and local as well as general experience,could not have

been chosen. On the 19th of May the Northumber-
chases land parted company from the Boyne and squadron

off Ushant, and made sail for her destination. On
the 22d, at 10 A. M., the north-west point of Isle
Groix bearing north distant 10 miles, and the wind a
very light breeze from west by north, the Northum-
berland discovered the three objects of her search
in the north-west, crowding all sail before the wind
for Lorient. Captain Hotham endeavoured to cut
off the french squadron to-windward of the island,
and signalled the british 12-gun brig Growler, lieu-
tenant John Weeks, then about seven miles in the
south-west, to chase; but, finding it impossible to
accomplish that object, the Northumberland pushed,
under all sail, round the south-east end of Groix,
and, hauling to the wind close to-leeward of the
island, was enabled to fetch to-windward of the
harbour of Lorient before the french squadron could
reach it.

Seeing himself thus cut off from his port, M. Le
Foretier, at 2 h. 30 m. P.M., signalled his consorts to
pass within hail, and then hauled up on the larboard
tack to-windward of Pointe Taleet. Meanwhile the

Northumberland, eager to close, continued beating

to-windward between Groix and the continent, un-
avoidably exposed to the batteries on each side, when
standing within their reach. At 2 h. 49 m. P. M., the
wind considerably fresher than it had been and blow-
ing about west-north-west, the Arienne, Andromaque,
and Mamelouck, formed in close line ahead, bore up,
under every sail, with the bold intention, favoured
by the wind and covered by the numerous batteries
along that part of the coast, to pass between the
Northumberland and the shore.

The british 74 immediately stood in as close as
she could to Pointe de Pierre-Laye, and there, with
her head to the shore and main topsail shivering,
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