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The bad weather, of which sir Richard Strachan Feb. had to complain in the bay of Biscay, had assailed
with equal if not greater violence the squadron of ceed- M. Allemand. The latter, in consequence, had ings of Roche- been obliged to send back to Rochefort one of his
ships, the Jemmappes, in a crippled state. With dron. his remaining five sail of the line, the french admiral
continued his voyage to the Mediterranean. Passing
teaume, on the 6th of February, anchored in the road Toulon of Toulon, having chased from before the port the
38-gun frigate Apollo, captain Edward Fellowes,
On the 7th admiral Ganteaume sailed out of the again. harbour, with a fleet composed of 10. sail of the line,
three frigates, two corvettes, and seven armed trans-
nance stores, and provisions. On the 23d the fleet Corfu. arrived off the island of Corfu. The admiral imme
diately sent detachments of his smaller vessels to
enced very stormy weather; from which the ComCruises merce-de-Paris suffered so much in her masts, that Archi- the vice-admiral shifted his flag to the Magnanime, pelago. and, leaving the former ship to be repaired, sailed on
the 25th with his remaining nine sail of the line and
On the 23d, the day on which the french admiral
Dancan, then on her way to join the 64-gun ship 1808.
On the 16th, the day after the admiral's return to Rean-
On the 3d of March, having received intelligence Sparfrom a maltese privateer of the sailing of the Toulon fans fleet, captain Brenton joined lord Collingwood off with M. Maritimo. The vice-admiral immediately sent the Lavinia for further intelligence, and stood with the fleet towards the bay of Naples; whence his lordship detached the Spartan to Palermo. On arriving at Palermo, the Spartan was ordered by rear-admiral Martin, at anchor there with three sail of the line, to cruise between Cape Bon and Sardinia; “ where,” says captain Edward Brenton, “ on the Ist of
1808. April, she discovered the french fleet carrying a
sir Jalleel) Brenton, placing his ship about two
Spartan, dividing on opposite tacks, to take advantage Keeps of any change of wind, so frequent in the Meditersight of ranean.
Confident in the sailing qualities of his ship, several the captain at night again placed himself on the weadays. ther beam of the french admiral, and at daylight
made sail from him on the opposite tack, to increase
Nar TOW escape from capture.
excessively dark, and a most anxious look-out was
1808. kept for the enemy: at half past seven they were Feb. discovered on the lee quarter, close hauled, and very near: this was evidently a stratagem of Ganteaume's to get to-windward of his enemy; but the manoeuvre failed. All hands were on deck, and at their stations; the Spartan wore and crossed the enemy Within within gun-shot, before they could take any
advantage of their position; the french squadron also shot. wore in chase, and the next morning were hull down to-leeward. The fourth day was passed in the same manner; the Spartan keeping a constant and anxious look-out for the british fleet, while the enemy
sight of crowded every sail in pursuit of her; in the evening french a shift of wind brought them to-windward, and the fleet. night being very squally and dark, captain Brenton lost sight of them, &c."*
Upon his return to Toulon, as we have stated, M. on the 10th of April, M. Ganteaume found an acces-feaume sion to his force in two fine frigates, the Péné- joined lope and Thémis, which had arrived since the 28th
frigates of the preceding month. These frigates had escaped from from the road of Bordeaux on the 21st of January, deaux. cruised off Madeira and the african coast until the middle of March, passed the Straits on the 17th, anchored at Ajaccio on the 23d, and sailed tbence on the 26th for Toulon; having captured or destroyed british vessels to the alleged value of six millions of francs, including four or five straggling westindiamen from a homeward-bound convoy under the protection of the british frigate Franchise.
What the british admiral was about, to suffer a french feet to traverse the Mediterranean in all ings of directions, and to possess a whole month's command lord of the Adriatic, has been a question often asked. lingOur researches have enabled us to collect a few facts, wood. that may throw some, although a very faint, light upon the subject. When the french fleet, on its way to Corfu, was rounding Cape Passaro, lord Collingwood,
* Brenton, vol. iv, p. 239.
1808, with the following five sail of the line, was at anchor
vice-adm. (r.) lord Collingwood.
captain Richard Thomas.
rear-adm. (b.) George Martin. 80
captain Charles Inglis. Malta
William Shield. s
hon. Arthur Kaye Legge. Montagu
Robert Waller Otway, : On the 24th of February, the day after M. Ganlord- teaume had arrived at Corfu, the british admiral, with ship
the Ocean, Canopus, Malta, and Montagu, sailed mits an from Syracuse, bound to Palermo. On that very portant evening a line-of-battle ship was seen standing into error. Syracuse from the eastward. This was the Standard,
from off Corfu, with the important intelligence that
On the 2d of March, when about 11 leagues to the
north-westward of the island of Maritimo, lord Colstrong lingwood was joined by vice-admiral Thornborough force- and rear-admiral sir Richard Strachan. This reinment. forcement augmented his lordship's force to 15 sail of
the line and two or three frigates. On the next