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get under weigh and pass through; the enemy; and having done so, he although at the time I had no idea returned with some volunteers from that could be possible, especially as the country ships. I saw the Ocean in shore of us get We laid to in line of battle all ting under weigh, burning blue night, our men at their quarters ; at lights, and firing a gun; the Portu- day-break of the 15th, we saw the guese ship, I suppose, must have enemy about three miles to windbeen in the same situation as the ward, lying to; we hoisted our coRolla. During the night of the 5th lours, offering him battle, if ha of February I carried an easy sail, chose to come down. The enemy's and on the following day hove-to four ships hoisted French colours, for above two hours, hoping to see
the line of battleship carrying a those ships ; but there was no ap- rear-admiral's flag; the brig was pearance of them, nordid they ever under Batavian colours. join the fleet.-On the 14th Feb. At nine A: M. finding they would at day-break, we saw Pulo Auro, not come down, we formed the orhearing W. S. W. and at eight A. der of sailing, and steered M. the Royal George made the sig- course under an easy sail; the enenal for seeing four strange sail in the my then filled their sails, and edged S. W.: I made the signal for the towards us. four ships noted in the margin*, to At one P. M. finding they progo down and examine them; and posed to attack, and endeavour to lieut: Fowler, of the royal navy, cut off our rear, I made the signal late commander of the Porpoise, to tack and bear down on him, and and passenger with me, having engage in succession, the Royal handsomely offered to go in the George being the leading ship, the Ganges brig, and inspect them Ganges next, and then the Earl nearly, I afterwards sent her down Camden. This mancuvre was cora likewise, and from their signals [ recily performed, and we stood toperceived it was an enemy's squa. wards him under a press of sail. dron, consisting of a line of battle The enemy then formed in a very ship, three frigates, and a brig. close line, and opened their fire ori
At orie P. M. I recalled the look. the headmost ships, which was not out ships by signal, and formed the returned by us till we approached line of battle in close order.
him nearer. The Royal George bore As soon as the enemy could fetch the brunt of the action, and got as in our wake, they put about; we near the encmy as he would permit kept on our course under an easy him ; the Ganges and Earl Camden sail. At near sun-set, they were opened their fire as soon as the guns close up with our rear, and I was could have effect; but, before any n momentary expectation of an at. Other ship could get into action, tack there, and prepared to sup- the enemy hauled their wind, and port them; but at the close of day stood away to the eastward, under we perceived them haul to wind. all the sail they could set. At two ward. I sent lieut. Fowler in the P. M. I made the signal for a geneGanges brig, to station the country ral chase, and we pursued them till ships on our lee-bow, by which four P. M. when, fearing a longer Beans we were between them and pursuit would carry us too far from
the * Alfred, Royal George, Borubay Castle, llope.
the mouth of the Straits, and consi. we fell in with his majesty's ships dering the immense property at Albion and Sceptre. I was then in stake, I made the signal to tack, a very poor state of health; and Mr. and at eight P. M. we anchored in Lance went on board the Albion, a situation to proceed for the en- and, by his very able representation trance of the Straits in the morning. to capt. Ferrier of the great national As long as we could distinguish the consequence of the hon. company's enemy, we perceived him steering to ships, he was induced to take charge the eastward under a press of sail. of the fleet. On the third of March The Royal George had one man I dispatched the Ganges brig with a killed, and another wounded, many letter to the right hon. the govershot in her hull, and more in her nor-general, giving an account of sails; but few shot touched either our action, to be conveyed to the the Camden or Ganges; and the hon. court. We arrived at St. Hea' fire of the enemy seemed to be ill lena the 9th of June, under convoy of directed, his shot either falling his majesty's ships Albion and Scepshort, or passing over ·us. Capt. tre, and sailed the 18th under convoy Timins carried the Royal George of his majesty's ship Plantagenet, into action in the most gallant man. with the addition of the Carmarher. In justice to my brother com. then, capt. Dobree, and five whal. manders, I must state, that every Accompanying this I send a ship was cleared and prepared for chart of the entrance of the Straits action; and, as I had communica- of Malacca, with the situations of tion with almost all of them during the fleet on the 14th and 15th Fe. the two days we were in presence of bruary, which will, I trust, convey the enemy, I found them unani. a more distinct idea of the action mous in the determined resolution than any written description. to defend the valuable property en
I am, &c. N. Dance. trusted to their charge to the last ex. Earl Camden, Aug. 6, 180 1. tremity, with a full conviction of the Names of the IV halers.---William successful event of their exertions ; Fenning, Brook Watson, Thomas, and this spirit was fully seconded by or Young Tom, Betsey, Eliza, and the gallant ardour of all our officers the Blackhouse, from the Coast of and ships' companies. From Ma- Guinea, joined us at sea. lacca I dispatched lieut. Fowler, in the Ganges brig, to Pulo Pinang, with a packet from the select com
Account of the Failure of the Cola. mittee to the captain of any of his
maran Expedition against the majesty's ships, soliciting their con.
French Flotillu out: ile the Pier of voy to this very valuable fleet. On
Boulogne, in a Letter from the arrival at Malacca we were informed R. 11. Lord Keith, K. B. &c. to that the squadron we had engaged W. Marsden, Esq. dated on board) was that of admiral Linois, consist. the Monarch, of Boulogne, the ing of the Marengo, of 84 guns, 3rd October, 1901. the Belle Poule, and Semillante, heavy frigates, a corvette of 28, and
Sir, the Batavian brig William, of 18 Their lordships are aware that my guns. The 28th February, in the attention has, for some time past, Streights of Malacca, lat. 40° 50' N. beer directed to the object of ascer
taining the most effectual mode for injury seems to have been sustained, annoying the enemy's flotillas at although it is evident that there has their anchorages in front of their been very considerable confusion ports, under protection of their among them, and that two of the land batteries. Having, on the af- brigs and several of the smaller vese ternoon of the 1st inst. arrived at sels appear to be missing since this anchorage, and finding the wea- yesterday at the close of day. I ther promising to be favourable, and have great satisfaction in reporting, about 150 of the flotilla on the out that, notwithstanding a very heavy side of the pier, I resolved to make discharge of shells, shot, and musan experiment, on a limited scale, ketry, was kept up by the enemy of the means of attack which had throughout the night, no casualty been provided. The final arrange. whatever, on our part, has been susments for this purpose were made tained. The enemy made no at. on the morning of yesterday. The tempt to oppose their rowing-boats officers named below* were put in to ours. Their lordships will not charge of the principal vessels which expect, that, at the present moment, at this time were to be used. The I am to enter much into detail; but armed launches, and other boats of I think it my duty to state to them the squadron, were appointed to ac- my conviction, that, in the event of company and protect them. The any great accumulation of the eneCastor, Greyhound, and some small. my's force in their roadsteads, an er vessels, were directed to take up extensive and combined operation of an advanced and convenient ancho. a similar nature will hold forth a rage for covering the retreat, giving reasonable prospect of a successful protection to men who might be result. The conduct of the officers wounded, and boats that might be and men, who have been employed erippled, and for towing off the on this occasion deserves my highest boats in general, in the event of the commendation: I cannot more forwind freshening and blowing upon cibly impress their merits upon their the coast. The operation commenc- lordships' attention, than by re
ed at a quarter past nine o'clock marking that the service was under: last evening, and terminated at a taken, not only in the face of, but
quarter past four this morning; dur immediately under, the whole line ing which time, several vessels, pre- of the enemy's land batteries, and pared for the purpose, were explod. their field artillery and musquetry ed amongst, or very close to, the upon the coast, but also under that flotilla ; but, on account of the very of upwards of 150 armed vessels, great distance at which they lay ranged round the inner side of the from each other, no very extensive bay; and that the officers and men,
Officers in charge of the explosion vessels above referred to:-CaptainsMacleod, of the Sulphur; Jackson, of the Autumn; Edwards, of the Fury; Collard, of the Railleur; Searle, of the Helder Defence ship.---Lieutenants—Stewart, of the Monarch; Lowry, of the Leopard; Payne, of the Immortalité; Templer, of the Sulphur.--Midshipman--Mr. Bartholomew, of the Inflexible.---Captains Win-throp, of the Ardent, and Owen, of the Immortalité, most zealously and usefully superintended the operations from the southward, and the hun. capt. Blackwood, of the Euryalus, from the northward.
who could so deliberately and reso necessary to sir Robert Barlow. lutely advance into the midst of the Yesterday morning, Cape St. Mary Hotilla, under such circumstances, bearing N. E. nine leagnes, the Me. must be considereil worthy of be. dusa made the signal for four sail W. ing entrusted with the performance by s. I made the signal for a general of any service, however difficult or chace; at 8 A. M. discovered them dangerous it may appear to be, and to be four large Spanish frigates, consequently to be highly deserving which formed the line of battle of their lordship's protection. a-head on our approach, and conti.
Keith, nued to steer in for Cadiz, the vanWillian Marsden, Esq.
ship carrying a broad pendant, and the ship next to her a rear-admiral's
flag; capt. Gore, being the head. Dispatch from Cipt. Moore, of the most' ship, placed the Medusa on
Inulefatigable, announcing the the weather-beam of the commo. Commencement of Hostilitics dore; the Indefatigable took a si. against Spain, by the Cupture and milar position along-side of the rearblowing up of four Treasure Ships; admiral; the Amphion and Lively ad:lressed to Admiral Cornwallis, each taking an opponent in the dated Indefatigable, at Sea, Oc saine manner, as they came up; af. tober 6, 1801.
ter hailing to make them shorten
sail, without effcct, I fired a shot Sir,
across the rear-admiral's fore-foot, I have the honour to acquaint on which he shortened sail; and I you, that I have executed the ser. sent lieutenant Ascott, of the Indevice you did me the honour to fatigable, to inform him, that my charge me with. On the morning of orders were to detain his squadron ; the 29th of September, the Indefa. that it was my carnest wish to exetigable got off Cadiz; on the 30th cute them without bloodshed; Dit we fell in with the Medusa; captain that his determination must be made Gore having informed me the Am- instantly: after waiting some time, phion was in the Streight's mouth, I made a signal for the boat, and and that the Triumph was off Gib- fired a shot a-head of the admiral. raltar, and that sir Robert Barlow As soon as the oflicer returned with meant to go into Cadiz for the trade an unsatisfactory answer, 1 tired there, on his way to England; I another shot a-lead of the admiral, thought fit to send the Medusa to and bore down close on his wea. apprise sir Robert Barlow of the ther-bow; at this moment the admi. nature of my order, that he might ral's second a-stern fired into the then judge whether or not he should Amphion; the admiral fired into go into Cadiz, and I directed capt. the Indefatigablo; and I made the Gore to rejoin me with the Amphic signal for close battle, which was in. on as soon as possible off Cape St. stantly commenced with all the alaMary. On the 2d inst. I was joined crity and vigour of English sailors. by the Lively, and on the 3d. by the In less than ten minutes, La Nier. Medusa and Amphion; the latter cedes, the admiral's second a-stern, having communicated what I thought blew up along-side the Amphion,
with a tremendous explosion.* rigging, which was our object. The Capt. Sutton having with great captains of the different ships conjudgment, and much to my satis. ducted themselves so ably, that no faction, placed himself to leeward honour accrues to me but the for: of that ship, the escape of the Spa. tunate accident of being senior of. nish admiral's ship was rendered al. ficer:
G. Moorc. most impossible; in less than half an hour she struck, as did the oppo Force of the Spanish Squadron. nent of the Lively. Perceiving at La Medee (fag ship) 42 guns, this moment the Spanish commodore 18-pounders, and 300 men, taken; was making off, and seeming to have 2 men killed and 10 wounded.-the heels of the Medusa, I made the La Fama, 36 guns, 12-pounders, signal for the Lively to join in the and 280 men, taken; 11 killed, and chace, having before noticed the su 50 wounded.---La Clara, 36 guns, perior sailing of that ship. Capt. 12-pounders, and 300 meri, taken; Hammond did not lose an instant; 7 killed, and 20 wounded. --La and we had the satisfaction, long be- Mercedes, 36 guns, 12-pounders, fore sun-set, to see from our mast and 280 men, blew up; second caphead that the only remaining ship tain and 40 men saved. had surrendered to the Medusa and Lively. As soon as our boats had Statement of the Goods and Effects taken possession of the rear-admi. on board the Spanish Squadron. ral, we made sail for the floating On account of the king, total 75 fragments of the unfortunate Spanish sacks of Vienna wool, 60 chests of frigate which blew up; but, except. cascarilla, 4732 bars of tin, 1735 ing forty taken up by the Amphion's pigs of copper, 28 planks of wood, boats, all on board perished. This and 1,307,634 dollars in silver.squadron was commanded by Don On account of the merchants, 32 Joseph Bustamente, knight of the chests of ratinia, 1,852,216 dolorder of St. James, and a rear-ad- lars in silver, 1,119,658 gold, remiral. They are from Monte Vi. duced into dollars, and 150,011 in: deo, Rio de la Plata, and, from gots in gold, reduced into dollars. the information of the captain of the - On account of the marine comflag-ship, contained about four pany, 26,925 seal-skins, and 10 millions of dollars, 800,000 of pipes of seal oil. -On board the which were on board the Mercedes Mercedes, which blew up, were 20 which blew up. Other accounts sacks of Vienna wool, 20 chests of state the quantity of specie to be cascarilla, 1139 bars of tin, 96 l much greater, public and private; pigs of copper, and 221,000 dol, and there is besides much valuable lars in silver. merchandite on board the captured ships. Our loss has been very tri Killed and wounded on board his fling. I have not yet had the re- Majesty's squadron.—Indefatigable, turns from other ships, but the In- none.--Medusa, return not receis. defatigable did not lose a man. The ed.--Amphion, lieut. W. Bennett, Spaniards suffered chiefly in their wounded; three seamen and one
For a most affecting and melancholy incident attendant on this calamitous event, vide Chronicle, page 124.