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1808. much greater force, perhaps it would have been bet
ter to have directed the whole fire at the main, Sept.
mast-head; that fallen, the ship might have become
As the absurdity of this statement is so glaring,
On the 8th of October, in the evening, the british chases 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Modeste, captain the ho
nourable George Elliot, cruising off Sandshead, bay
of Bengal, after a nine hours' chase, and a running Jéna. fight of nearly one hour, captured the french corvette
Jéna, still commanded by lieutenant Morice. The
The Jéna was afterwards added to the british navy,
† See p. 101.
24 guns,” is a mistake. Unimportant as this error 1808. may appear, the facility with which Mr. Steel could
June. change “pierced for” into “mounting,” or “of," contributed, we verily believe, when this corvette again got into the hands of the French, to dignify her with the appellation of “ frigate.”
On the 11th of June, in the evening, the british Capt. 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Euryalus, captain the das honourable George Heneage Lawrence Dundas, and Ben 18-gun brig-sloop Cruiser, captain George Charles to deMackenzie, being in the Great Belt, discovered off scroy the entrance of the river Naskon several vessels at vessels anchor very close to the shore. Captain Dundas imme-chor. diately despatched four boats from the frigate and brig, under the orders of lieutenant Michael Head, assisted by midshipmen Francis Wemyss, James William Otto Ricketts, Bernard Yeoman, Jacob Richards, Philip Gaymore, Richard Moffat, and Edward Loveday, to endeavour to destroy them.
Lieutenant Head and his party, in a very gallant Galey manner, boarded and carried a large danish gun-oflieut. vessel, mounting two long 18-pounders, with a crew of 64 men, and moored within half pistol-shot of a battery of three long 18-pounders, and of a body of troops that lined the beach. Besides bringing off the gun-boat, the British set fire to and destroyed two large vessels fitted for the reception of troops; and the whole service was executed with so slight a loss to the British as one man slightly wounded. On the part of the Danes, however, the loss was serious, amounting to seven men killed and 12 wounded.
Although, since the last affair at Copenhagen, the Danes had lost all, or nearly all, of their line-of-battle boats. ships and frigates, 'they possessed some very stout brigs of war, and an immense number of well-armed gun-boats. In the calms that frequently prevailed in the danish waters, the latter were particularly destructive to the british cruisers and convoys. The convoys were generally under the protection of one or more gun-brigs, a description of vessel from their
and capture Tickler
Attack a convoy
1808. light carronade-armament peculiarly exposed to sucJune. cessful attacks by the long 18, 24, and in some
cases 36, pounders of the gun-boats. On the 4th of
June, during a calm in the Great Belt, the Tickler
was attacked by four danish gun-boats, and, after
On the 9th of June, at 2 P. M., the british bonb
vessel Thunder, captain James Caulfield, accompaunder nied by the gun-brigs Charger, lieutenant John Aitkin der,&c. Blow, Piercer, lieutenant John Sibrell, and Turbu
lent, lieutenant George Wood, and a homeward
had arrived abreast of the south end of the
menced an attack upon the Turbulent, whose station Cap- was in the rear. As the gun-boats approached, the Turbu- Turbulentopened a fire upon them from her18-pounder lent. carronades, and the Thunder threw shells and one
pound balls from her mortars, but the Charger and
At 6 P. M., having secured their prize, the Danes pulsed formed on both quarters and astern of the Thunder, Thur- and kept up, as they rapidly advanced, a heavy fire.
The Thunder got her two 6-pounders out of the stern-
cut away her launch and jollyboat, they having been 1808. shot to pieces. At 10 h. 10 m., finding they could not June. induce the bomb to haul down her colours, the gunboats ceased firing, and retired with the 10 or 12 rear vessels which they had been enabled to capture. We have no means of showing the loss, if any, suštained by the Turbulentor Thunder; but we find that, for his gallant defence, captain Caulfield received the public approbation of vice-admiral sir James Saumarez, the commander in chief in the Baltic, and that lieutenant Wood, for the loss of his brig, was honourably acquitted by the sentence of a courtmartial.
On the 2d of August the gun-brig Tigress, lieute- Attack nant Edward Nathaniel Greenswood, after a contest of one hour's duration, and a loss of two men killed ture
Tigress and eight wounded, was taken in the Great Belt by 16 danish gun-vessels. Of this action, as well as of that which preceded the capture of the Tickler, we should have been glad to have been enabled to give a more particular account, but our researches have failed us in procuring details of either.
On the 1st of October the british 18-gun brig- Cruiser sloop Cruiser, acting commander lieutenant Thomas with a Wells, being off the Wingo beacon at the entrance flotilla, of Gottenbourg, fell in with about 20 armed cutters, capluggers, gun-vessels, and row-boats. Having, as tures we suppose, a commanding breeze, the Cruiser dealt with this danish Aotilla much in the same manner
three or four years previous, she was accustomed to deal with the famous french flotilla in the neighbourhood of Ostende. So far from capturing her, she captured one of them, a schuyt-rigged vessel, of ten 4-pounders and 32 men, and compelled the remainder of the flotilla to take shelter under the batteries of the island of Læsoe.
As, instead of the letter of lieutenant Wells, an abstract only (a practice at this time becoming frequent) was published in the London Gazette, and as we have been unable to supply the deficiency in the
Africa with a convoy sails from
1808. account from our usual sources of information, we
fies us, however, to be able to state, that, in seveti
On the 15th of October the british 64-gun ship
Thunder bomb-vessel and one or two gun-brigs, Carls- sailed from Carlscrona in Sweden with a homeward crona. bound convoy of 137 sail. On the morning of the
20th the whole of this convoy, except one vessel
At 1 h. 15 m. P. M. the Africa shortened sail and
cleared for action; and at 2 h.55 m. the gun-boats strong advanced within gun-shot upon the ship's quarters
and bows, and commenced an animated fire of round
way the engagement continued without intermission Dark- until 6 h.45 m. P. M., when the darkness put an end
to it. During the action the Africa had her colours end to twice shot away; and each time the Danes advanced action. cheering, thinking they had gained the day. The
british crew quickly rehoisted the colours, and,
Is attacked by a