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1809. February list for the present year, is 1140, including
59 hired vessels. These deducted leave 1081, 20
The 20 captured enemy's national vessels pur-
The number of commissioned officers and masters,
At rock. sood
* See Appendix, Nos. 6, and 7.
Commanders or sloop-captains :
1809. superannuated 49
491 And the number of seamen and marines, voted for the service of the same year, was 130000.*
We last year left in the road of Brest, waiting an opportunity to put to sea, a squadron of eight sail of the line and some frigates. The continued pre- French valence of westerly gales, during the latter part of squaJanuary and the commencement of February, having sails driven admiral lord Gambier from his station off from
Brest. Ushant, afforded that opportunity; and accordingly, on the 21st of February, at daylight, rear-admiral Willaumez weighed and put to sea with the following squadron: gun-ship 120 Océan
Srear-adm. Jean-Bapt.-Philibert Willaumez. .
captain Pierre-Nicolas Rolland. Foudroyant..
rear-adm. Antoine-Louis Gourdon. 80
captain Antoine Henri.
Charles Lebozec. 743 Tonnerre
Nicolas Clément de la Roncière.
Guillaume-Marcellin Proteau, 40 Elbe.....
Jacques-François Bellenger. Brig-corvette Nisus; schooner (late british) Magpie.
At 9 A. M. the rearmost ship doubled the Vendrée rock, and the french squadron, in line of battle, stood for the Raz, with a fresh breeze at northnorth-east. Just as the headmost ships had cleared Is disthe Raz passage, they were descried by the british covers 74-gun ship Revenge, captain the honourable Charles RePaget. The latter immediately steered for the venge. Glenans, to give information to captain John Poer Beresford; who, with the Theseus 74, and the
* See Appendix, No. 9.
1809, Triumph and Valiant, of the same force, captains
bert Kerr, was blockading three sail of the line and
The instructions to M. Willaumez were to chase
from off the port of Lorient the british blockading instruc- squadron, stated to be of four sail of the line besides tions. frigates, in order that commodore Troude, with his
three sail of the line and five frigates, might join the
It was at about 4 h. 30 m. P. M. that the squadrons falls in of rear-admiral Willaumez and commodore Berescapt. ford fully discovered each other. The latter was ford's then steering about east-south-east, with a fresh squa- breeze at north-north-east, and the former was
nearly close hauled on the same tack. Rear-admiral
Gourdon's division, consisting of four sail of the line, molest immediately bore up in chase, and the remaining
division soon afterwards did the same. Whereupon
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followed by the Revenge, Triumph, and Valiant. 1809. A short continuance of the british squadron upon Feb. this course leaving open the port of Lorient, the french ships, by the time they had approached within four or five miles of the enemy, again hauled their wind. At 6 P. M., neither squadron then in sight of the other, the british ships tacked and shortened sail; and at about the same time the french squadron, wbich had been partly delayed by the falling of the breeze, arrived off Isle Groix. »
A calm during the night kept both squadrons stationary; but at daylight on the 23d a fresh breeze from the north-west enabled M. Willaumez, after sending in the Magpie schooner to apprize com, modore Troude of his arrival off the port, to steer for the Pertuis d'Antioche. At about 9 A, M. the two squadrons regained a view of each other, and continued in sight until late in the afternoon. The Is seen french ships then, passing inside of Belle-Isle, nalled steered for Isle d'Yeu, with the wind back to north by east; and at 10 h. 30 m. P. M., just as they had arrived thyst
. abreast of the Tour de Baleine, were discovered by the 36-gun frigate Amethyst, captain Michael Şeymour, the look-out ship of rear-admiral Stopford's squadron, at anchor to the north-west of the Chasseron lighthouse, consisting of the 80-gun ship Cæsar, captain Charles Richardson, and 74-gun ships Defiance, captains Henry Hotham, and Donegal, captain Peter Heywood, acting for captain Pulteney Malcolm, who was in England attending a court-martial. A flight. of rockets soon conveyed the information to the rearadmiral, and the british squadron got under way and stood to the north-west, the direction in which the Amethyst lay. - At about midnight the british Enters rear-admiral gained a sight of M. Willaumez's Basque squadron to the eastward, standing into the Pertuis d'Antioche. The former went in chase, and at day, light on the 24th saw the French in the act of entering Basque roads. Rear-admiral Stopford, rightly considering that the squadron bad escaped from Brest,
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1809. despatched by signal the 38-gun frigate Naiad,
with the circumstance. At7 A. M. the Naïad, having
Shortly after rear-admiral Willaumez had sailed frigates
from Isle Groix, the three french 40-gun frigates from Italienne, commodore Pierre-Roch Jurien, and rient. Calypso and Cybèle, captains Louis-Léon Jacob and
Raymond Cocault, sailed from Lorient, with the
about this time that captain Jurien observed the They squadron of rear-admiral Stopford, approaching from for the the south-east. Being thus completely cut off, the Sable french commodore, with the wind now at about lonne. south-east by east, steered for the Sable d'Olonne,
and was followed closely by the Amelia and Dot
terel. At 9 A. M. the two latter tacked to the northDotte- east, as the three french frigates had previously
done; and in ten minutes more the Amelia, having them. wore round, hauled under the stern of the Cybèle,