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1808. boats of both ships were detached, and, upon a prin-
captain Shipley under the command of captain Pigot;
Captain Shipley now resolved to head the boats
Standish Haly, launch, lieutenant Thomas Hodgskins,
The british boats entered the Tagus in the order
vessels in the harbour thwart. Wishing to have a
waited until he saw the vessels swing' with the 1808. ebb. Unfortunately for the success of the enter- April. prise, there was a fresh in the river, and the tide in consequence, when the ebb had fairly made, ran at the rate of seven knots an hour. Notwithstanding this unexpected difficulty, the boats got tolerably close to the enemy's vessel before they were discovered. Upon being hailed by the Garotta, who lay within pistol-shot of the guns of Belem castle, and had for her additional protection a floating battery carrying long 24-pounders, the boats of the two divisions cast themselves off and severally made towards her.
The gig soon darted out of sight of the other Nymphe boats, and at about 2 h. 30 m. A. M. on the 23d, boards boarded the french brig on the larboard bow.
Captain Shipley, having sprung into the Garotta's forerigging, was in the act of cutting away the boarding- of capt. netting, when he received a musket-ball in his fore. Shipley head and fell dead into the water. The next in command of the gig was Mr. Charles Shipley, the late captain's brother, but not attached to the Nymphe, nor even, we have heard, * belonging to the naval
Gig reprofession. His fraternal affection overcoming treats every other consideration, Mr. Shipley ordered the and gig's crew to shove off from the enemy's vessel, and foul of endeavour to pick up their captain. As she dropped other from the brig's side, the gig fell foul of the oars of boats. the large cutter, just as the latter was about to lay herself alongside. The large cutter, thus impeded, drifted upon the launch; and all three boats then fell foul of a large calking stage moored astern of
Disengaging the cutter as quickly as possible, lieu- Retenant Haly again directed bis course towards the Garotta; but such was now the rapidity of the tide, boats, that the men, with all their efforts, could not stem it. able to Having had one seaman killed, and one midshipman stem
* He is now the reverend Charles Shipley.
1808. (William Moriarty) and a corporal of marines
the enterprise, and returned on board the Nymphe.
by admiral sir Charles Cotton, the commander in capt. chief on the coast of Portugal, to be the late captain Pigot. Shipley's successor on board the Nymphe; and on
the 17th of the ensuing September, he was confirmed
On the 23d of April, in the morning, the Grasshopper
hopper, still commanded by captain Searle, and now attack accompanied by the 14-gun_brig Rapid, lieutenant four. Henry Baugh, cruising off Faro, on the south coast spanish
of Portugal, fell in with and chased two spanish boats vessels, valuably laden from South America, under
the protection of four gun-boats. In a short time the
range of grape-shot; and, after a very severe action Cap of two hours and a half, compelled the people on two of shore to desert their guns, two of the gun-boats to them, surrender, and the remaining two to run themselves
The two spanish vessels, the cargo of each of lyable which was valued at £30000 sterling, were immechant diately taken possession of. The service, thus galprizes.
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lantly performed, was not executed wholly without 1808.
Captain Searle, in his official letter, speaks very
On the 22d of April, at 6 A. M., as the british Gorée ship-sloop Gorée, of 18 long sixes and eight 12- Palipounder carronades, with 120 men and boys, cap-ande tain Joseph Spear, was lying at an anchor in Grande - Pilade. Bourg bay, island of Marie-Galante, the two french 16-gun brig-corvettes Palinure, capitaine de frégate Pierre-François Jance, and Pilade, lieutenant de vaisseau Jean-Marie Cocherel, each mounting fourteen 24-pounder carronades and two șixes, with 110 men and boys, then on their way from Martinique to Gaudeloupe, made their appearance in the southeast. Having ascertained that they were enemy's vessels, and hoisted a signal to that effect to the brigsloop Supérieure, of twelve 18-pounder carronades and two long twelves, captain Andrew Hodge, at an anchor a few miles off in the north-west, the Gorée, at 9 A: M., slipped and made sail in chase, with a moderate breeze at east-south-east.
Confident in their strength, the two brigs waited Ence for the Gorée, and at 10 A.M. the action commenced them within pistol-shot. At the end of an hour's capnon-allid.is ade, observing the approach of the Supérieure, and abled.
1808. of another vessel or two, the Palinure and Pilade
bore up and made all sail ; leaving the Gorée with
By noon the Supérieure, who had weighed at chases 10 h. 15 m. A. M., got within three miles of the two and at- french brigs, then in the west-south-west, steering them. for the Saintes. At about half past noon a running
fight commenced between the Pilade and Supérieure,
one carronade disabled, and the axle of one of her 12They or pounders broken. At 6 P. M. the Palinure and Pilade in the anchored in the Saintes; and, in justice to those brigs
it must be stated, that, when the Supérieure gave
On the 3d of October the british 18-gun brig
sloop Carnation, (sixteen 32-pounder carronades and and en-two sixes,) captain Charles Mars Gregory, cruising by Car- about 60 leagues to the northward and eastward of nation. Martinique, fell in with the Palinure, still com
manded by captain Jance, and then cruising alone.