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been got over the banks, as the water had begun to fall. By Captain Campbell's report to me, great praise is due te Lieutenant M‘Dermeit, who, I am sorry to say, is badly wounded. I enclose Captain Campbell's letter to me, giving an acount of this transaction; and have the

leasure to observe, that one spirit seemed to actuate the whole; but am forry that, notwithstanding the steady conduct of Captains Edwards, Buit, Leef, and Carthew, of the several fire-vessels, in remaining on board till completely in flames, the three enemy's fhips, from cutting their cables, escaped before the wind, and ran out of Dunkird Roads some little distance down the Inner Channel, within the Braak Sand: one of them got on fhore for a short time, but at daylight we had the mortification to observe her working back on the ebb tide, and, with the other two, regained their anchorage, though not without considerable damage, having received the fire of the Dart, Biter, and Boxer gun-brigs, within pistol-shot, before they cut. :I kept the Selby in the rear to act, had any remained long enough on fhore, to have deftroyed them by firing carcases, and have now to regret I reserved her for that purpose, as I am confident, had Captain Williams been directed to lay one of the enemy's ships on board, he would have been successful in bringing her out. I put Mr. Scott, first lieutenant of the Andromeda, in the command of the. boats in a gig, and Mr. Cochran, third lieutenant, in another boat; and as I had all the cutters to attend on the fire-vessels except the Kent, directed their lieutenants in gigs to put themselves under his command, and by which means not any lives were lost; the Kent, Lieutenant Cooban, I directed to attack the gun-vessels, who trimined them pretty handsomely, and prevented any boats froin annoying ours that were employed to take out the crews of the fire-ships. I feel particularly indebted to Captains Mainwaring, Baker, and Seater, as also to Lieutenant King, second lieutenant, who was left in command of the Andromeda, for their perfeverance in getting over the banks, to render us every asliftance by boats, and to be in readiness to meet the enemy, had they ventured over the Braak Sand; which position they maintained for that purpose in spite of fresh gales, and direct opposition to the established pilots, who gave up the charge of each fhip on their hands while in this situation; and hefore, when I first made the propofition, positively refused taking charge of any vessels of the lightest draught of water intended for this service; but with the assistance of Mr. Moor, master (who I put on board the Dart to lead in), and Mr. Wheatland, mate of the Ann hired cutter, who very handsomely volunteered their services to take any of the ships in, on my suggesting it to them, and some men which I got out of smugglers, I was enabled to put one on board each of the gun-vesels and fire-brigs : I feel an inward satisfaction at bringing the wirole of the squadron through the roads without the least difficulty. I cannot omit mentioning that Mr. Butcher, master of the Nile, and Mr. - Dean, malter of the Vigilant (luggers), at my request, would have laid as a leading mark at Gravelines Hook; the former performed this service, and I embarked with 30 volunteers from the Andromeda in the latter; and through the whole of this service I feel particularly indebted to the com. nianders of the several vessels and cutters for their very steady conduct. I enclose a list of killed and wounded, and am sorry to say, Captain Leef, of the Comet, is anyong the latter, having been blown up. I have also to acquaint you, for their Lordships' information, that, from the


mangled and unhappy state of many of the prisoners, I was induced to fend a flag of trace with them into Dunkirk.

I have the honour to be, &c.



Dart, off Dunkirk, July 8. AGREEABLE to the directions you honoured me with, to board the cafternmost of the enemy's frigates in Dunkirk Roads, should it be prace ticable, I have complete satisfaction in acquainting you, that about one A. M.' I succeeded in carrying La Desirée national frigate, mounting 40 guns, long 24-pounders on the main deck; with a complement of 330 men, fome of whom were on Thure. From your being so nearly Gtuated to me during the attack, I have only to anticipate your approbation of the Dart's conduct; but, as individual merit could not be distinguished but by thole present, I trust I may be permitted to speak in terms the molt gratifying of Lieutenant M‘Dermeit

, who gallantly led the boarders on this occasion, and who, I fear, will lose his arm by a severe wound he received; indeed I canviou say enough in praise of his gallantry in this unequal contest, baving every rea'on to believe the enemy were fully apprized of your intentions from the reti itance they made, and the preparations that were found on board. Lieutenant M'Dermeit, with much prefence of mind, on being wounded, called to me he had poffeffion of ihe ship, but feared they would rally, and requested an officer might be sent to take charge. Lieutenant Pierce gallantly anticipated my wishes by jumping on board, completely repulsed the enemy; who were rallying at the after-hatch way, instantly cut her cables, got her under fail, and over banks, which could not have been effected half an hour later. I also beg to ftaie Mr. Ingledon the master's conduct, as highly meritorious, in placing the Dart fo completely on board the Defirée, and who nearly lost his life supporting the boarders, by falling between the ships; indeed all the officers whom I had the honour to command, behaved in a manner that will ever merit my warmest acknowledgments; and when I think of the support given me by my brave crew, I feel confident I fhall never forget their loyalty and merit. Enclosed I send you a list of killed and wounded, and am, Sir,

Your very humble servant, To Captain Inman.

P. CAMPBELL, A List of the French Squadron in Dunkirk Roads, on the Evening of the zile

of July. La Poursuivante, of 40 guns, 24. pounders on the main deck, wears a broad pendant, commodore's name Castagnie, chief of division.-La Defirée, of 40 guns, 24-pounders on the main deck, commanded by Citizen Deplancy; taken by his Majesty's foop Dart.-L'Incorruptible, of 40 guns, 24-pounders on the main deck.--La Carmagnole, of 50 guns, 18-pounders on the main deck. A Return of killed and wounded on board his Majesty's Ships in the Aflion of

the French Squadron in Dunkirk Roads Dart-1 killed, 11 wounded. Comet~2 wounded. Biter (gun-velfel), 2 wounded. Ann (hired cutter), 1 wounded. Kent (hired cutter), I wounded,


Names of the Officers wounded.' Comet-Captain Thomas Lee, Nightly. Dart-Lieutenant James M'Dermeit, badly; Mr. James Hall, master's mate, badly. Biter (gunveffel), Lieutenant Norman, commander, flightly. Copy of an Enclosure from Vice-admiral Lord Keith, Commander in Chief in

the Mediterranean, to Evan Nepean, Esq. My Lord,

Mermaid, off Cape Croisette, June 4. I HAVE the honour to acquaint your Lord thip, that bis Majesty's ship under my command captured on the ist instant, twelve leagues to the fouthward of the Hieres, the French brig La Cruelle of fix guns (tour of which were thrown overboard in the chase) and 43 men, commanded by Francis Xavier Jeard, Enseigne de Vaisseau, with a cargo of all sorts of provifions : Mhe had been only eight hours from Toulon, failed with sealed orders, but from what I can learn I have but little doubt but the was destined to Malta. La Cruelle has been a bomb-vessel, but left her mortar at Toulon.

I have the honour to be, &c. Vice-admiral Lord Keith, K. B.


From the LONDON GAZETTE, July 22, 1800,

Admiralty Office, July 22. Copy of a Letter from Admiral Sir Hyde Parker, Commander in Chief of his

Majesty's Ships and Fellels at Jamaica, to Evan Nepean, Esq.; dates on board the Queen, in Port Royal Harbour, the 18th of May.

Sir, I HAVE the honour to transmit you copies of two letters, one from Captain Baker, of his Majesty's floop Calyps), and the other from Captain Loring, of the Lark, which, in juttice to the gallantry and good conduct of the officers and boats' crew's therein mentioned, i am to request you will be pleased to lay before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

I am, Sir, &c.




Calypso, Port Royal, April 21. I HAVE the honour to inform you, that on the 12th instant, at night, Cape Tiberoon bearing S. by E. distance four or five leagues, I dispatched Mr. William Buckly, master of his Majesty's loop under my command, in a six-oared cutter, with 10 men, properly armed and provided, and a swivel in her bow, to cruise for two days under the Cape, with a view to intercept some of the fmall craft which navigate in general within a mile of the shore.

In pursuance of this intention, on the 13th, at eleven P. M. they per-, ceived a schooner becalmed under the land, and pulled immediately towards her; as the boat approached within hail she was desired to keep off, and upon their not complying, a discharge of mulketry commenced upon them, under which they boarded, and after a fhort, but very smart conflict upon the schooner's deck, the gallantry of the attempt was rewarded by gaining complete posleision of her: the proved to be La Dili


gence French armed schooner, of about 70 tons, mounting fix carriag guns, 30 ftand of arms, and laden with coffee, having on board wie she was captured 39 men.

Of the boat's crew, one man only was wounded, and seven dangeroully on the side of the enemy.

The great disparity of numbers and force in this little enterprise, place the very fpirited conduct of Mr. Buckly in fo strong a light, that it has left me nothing to say, but to express my hope, Sir, that it will recommend him to your notice. I feel much pleasure in adding, that by hs report he was most galiantly seconded by the few brave men under his orders.

I have, &c.

J. BAKER. His Majesty's Sloop Lark, off St. Jago de Cuba, March 20. ON the 14th inftant, obferving a privateer in shore, I sent the boats, under the command of Lieutenant Lane, to bring her out. The enemy had taken an advantageons position of two heights forming the entrance of the bay, where the schooner was lying, and notwithstanding the gal. lant attack of Lieutenant Lane and his people the boats were repulied, and returned, he himself being thot through the heart. The service in him hás loft a brave and good officer.

Mr, Pafley, the junior lieutenant, was landed with a party of men in a bay, at ten miles distance, to march round and attack the enemy in the rear, whilft I weht myfelf in the boats to repeat the attack in their front. On my arrival Mr. Pasiey had executed his orders with such expedition and judgment, that he left me no other employment than that of being a fatisfied fpectator to the steady and good conduct of himself and his people. The vessel mounts two carriage guns, a great quantity of smail arms, and is one of those which has so long infested the coast of Jamaica. I have destroyed her, that she may not again fall into the hands of the enemy.

I have, &c.


A Lift of Vellels taken and destroyed between March the oth and 20tk.

March 9, Destroyed a French fchooner, in ballast.--14, Destroyed a canoe, loaded with timber.-15, Took and destroyed a French privateer. -19, Recaptured the noop Lively.-15, Destroyed a Spanith floop in ballast.—20, Took a French schooner, loaded with salt.

Admiralty Office, July 22. Copy of another Letter from Admiral Sir Hyde Parker to Evan Nepear, Esq.;

dated May 20. Sir, I HAVE the honour to transmit you herewith, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, an account of armed and other vessels that have been captured, funk, or destroyed by his Majesty's thips and vessels under my command, since the last return by the Grey. hound.

I am, &c.


An Account of armed and merchant Vessels capturéd, detained, er destroyed

since the 28th of February. American fhip Linnenchold, of 12 guns and 36 men, from Acquin to Baltimore, laden with coffee: detained by the Surprise.

American fhip Penelope, of 10 guns and 35 men, from Curaçoa to Baltimore, laden with coffee, &c. : detained by ditto.

American schooner Resolution, of 4 guns and 18 men, from Curaçoa to New York, laden with specie, indigo, coffee, hides, &c. , detained by ditto.

French brig Voltigeur, of 4 guns and 24 men, laden with coffee : taken by the Lark.

Spanish schooner privateer La Louise, of 8 guns and 55 men, completely fitted for a three months' cruise: taken by the Stork.

English fhip Bellona, of 10 guns and 600 tons, from London, bound to St. Lucie: recaptured by the Merlin.

French fchooner La Diligente, of guns, 36 stand of arms, and 39 men, laden with coffee: taken by the fix-oared cutter of the Calypso, with the master and 10 men, after a short but very smart conflict, in which only i man was wounded in the cutter, and 7 dangerously on the side of the enemy.

Spanish fhip letter of marque, mounting 16 guns, pierced for 20 guns : taken by the Trent.

Spanish packet Curboo, from Corunna, bound to La Vera Cruz, laden with dry goods and twine: taken by the Alarm.

Danish schooner : detained by the Rattler.

American schooner Favourite, of Portland, last from Gonaives, bound to Philadelphia, laden with coffee, cotton, and fuftic: detained by ditto.

Spanish vessel Diana, laden with logwood : taken by the Diligence.
Spanish floop Ovier, laden with dry goods : detained by ditto.
French schooner Eagle, laden with coffee: taken by ditto.

Dutch brig Minerva, laden with mahogany: cut out of the river Higuey by the boats of ditto.

Spanith fchooner Consualidad, laden with mules from Porto Cavallo: zaken by the Diligence..

Spanish brig Del Carpenter, laden with mahogany: taken by the boats of ditto.

French schooner La Rosario, from Jeremie, bound to Curaçoa, laden with coffee : taken by ditto.

Danish Roop Aurora, from St. Croix, bound to Aux Cayes: detained by ditto.

Danish fhip (name unknown), laden with mahogany: cut out of the river Triest by the boats of ditto.

Danish brig (name unknown), laden with mahogany: cut out of the river Triest by the boats of ditto.

American brig Resolution, laden with coffee, hides, and cocoa : detained by the Diligence and Volage.

A schooner (name unknown): taken by the Abergavenny's tender.

Danish schooner Stag, from Jeremie, bound to St. Thomas : detained by the Calypso.

A French fchooner, laden with provisions : taken by ditto.
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