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Montague, under the command of acting Lieutenant Wells, have taken from under the walls of Port Louis a large brig laden with wine and brandy; in covering whom the hip has only received two fhors in a hull, without any other damage. I have the honour to be, &c.


Extrači of a Letter from Captain Folin Knight, of his Majesty's Ship var

tague, to the Right Honourable the Earl of St. Vincent, K. B.; dated at Sca, October 26.

SINCE my letter of the 21st instant, a lugger, going to Palais with firewood, was cut off, which I destroyed; and the M:rlborough, while in company, cai tured a French brig laden with butter, tallow, and hides.

I have now the honour to state, that, on returning from thé Loire, which is very fallow at its entrance, in hauling round Croisic, the several batteries opened their fire with a view to defend a brig and two floops that lay under them, waiting the food to get into the port; however, the boats of the Montague, with great intrepidity and alacrity, brought them out. In this I have to lament the loss of a valuable seaman killed, one seaman and a marine badly wounded, and two slightly:

While drawing near to thote vessels, and previous to their crews abandoning them, it was observed the brig hauled down French colours at her enlign-staff, and substituted those of Hamburgh at her mast-head.

I have the honour to be, &c.

JOHN KNIGHT. Extract of another Letter from Captain Knight, of the Montague; dated of

Ille Groa, October 30. ON the 28th instant, a small fhip and a few chasse marées were the only vellets that could be seen above Point Nazaire, in the Loire: within 'the Ife Noirmoufiier I saw two brigs and a galliet (French), which the boats of the Montague boarded; and althoughi in posleflion of them for a whole flood, to intricate and shallow were the channels on the dass where they lay, it was judged expedient to fire them.

I have the honour to be, &c. The Earl of St. Vincent, K. B.


Copy of a Letter froni Contain Hotham, of his Majesty's Ship Immortalité,

the Earl of St. Vincent. My Lord,

Immortalité, at Sea, Odcber 24 I HAVE ihe honour to report to your Lordship, that on the 12th of September 1 captured a smali Spanish vessel laden with stone, which I was obliged to icutele, to enable ine to chase two French privateer ships (Le Brave and La Bellone), who hove in sight (cuming out of the Gjronde) at the time I was boarding the Spaniard; but as it was late in the evening, and as they tacked, and stood from me under every fail, as soon as they discovered L'Immortalité to be a man of war, they did not leave it in iry pioser to get near them, altiiough by steering the course in the night that I judged they would adopt to avoid me, I kept them in fi ht all the next day, but in the second night they escaped, after my having chased them two hundred and fifty-nine miles to the westward. However, on the 20ths, I retook an Englisha fhip (the Monarch) of fix


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hundred and forty-five tons, laden with timber, which La Bellone had captured four days before on her passage from Quebec to London.

On the 22d of the fame month, in the latitude of Cordovan Lighthouse, blowing hard from the westward, a French brig of war came in fight to the northward, to whom I got near enough by sunset to keep fight of after dark, and to enfure my coming up with her ; but at half pait nine o'clock, when I was within musket-thot, and about to bring her to, we both unexpectedly took the ground (going nine knots) on Noirmoutier, where llie was totally dismafted and destroyed, but I had the good fortune to get off at daylight the next morning, without any material damage, and with the loss only of a bower anchor and cable, and a boat.

Not having seen the land before dark, and not having run the distance of it by the reckoning, I was unable to ascertain what was my exact situation to the day broke, and as it was ebb tide when we weni on shore, I was prevented from getting off before. In the morning taving got the fhip under weigh, and worked off from the land, finding myself able to keep the sea, I returned to my station; and the next morning (the 24th) I fell in with a French schooner letter of marque, bringing coffee and sugar from Guadaloupe to Bourdeaux; but a Guernsey privateer lugger, who was also in sight, and nearer to the schooner than I was, brought her to before I got up with her.

I am, &c,
Earl of St. Vincent, K.B.


Copy of a Letter from Captain Bowen, of his Majesty's Ship Argo, to the

Earl of St. Vincent.
My Lord,

His Majesty's Ship Argo, at Sea, October 21, I HAVE the honour to inform your Lorathip, that, yesterday, his Majetty's ship under my command captured (after fifteen hours chase, blowing freth) the Spanih letter of marque San Fernando, mounting 12 long six-pounders and 53 men, Pierced for and Mows 22 guns on one deck, five days from St. Andero, bound to La Vera Cruz, laden with bar-iron and bale-goods, of considerable value, belonging to the Royal Philippine Company; they had government dispatches on board, which they funk; she is a fine vessel, quite new, meaiures near three rundred tons, coppered, and fit for his Majesty's service.

The vessels taken and dettroyed as per margin *, exclusive of the above capture, is the sum of our success. I have the honour to be, &c.

P.S. We have not seen an enemy's cruiser during our cruise.
The Earl of St. Vincent, &c.

Copy of a Letter from Captain Lukin, of his Majefy's Skin Thanes, to ilię

Earl of St. Vincent.
My Lord,

Thames, at Sea, Ociober 27. I HAVE the honour to acquaint your Lordship, that on tue 26th, inftant, the Tower of Caduan E. S. E. thirty. lix leges, his Majefty's thip I command fell in with and captured Le Diabie à Quatre rrencia thip privateer of 16 tweive and fix-pounders, and 150; lie was

the French brig Maria Louisa, in ballaft, feut in.

Spanish barque Sel Vincente, laden with iron ore, sent in.
Two Spanish barques, names unknown, laden with iron ore, funk.

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discovered at half past nine A. M. and after a chase of five hours, with the wind upon the quarter, blowing fresh, the Immortalité was seen directly ahead of the enemy; the immediately joined in the pursuit, and much facilitated the capture of this privateer, which is a fast failer, and is extremely well found, having been out from Bourdeaux only one day.

I am, &c. The Earl of St. Vincent.

W. LUKIN. Admiralty Office, November 8. Copy of a Letter from Captain Curzon, of his Majesty's Ship Indefatigablue

to Captain Keats, of the Boadicea. Sir,

Indefatigable, at Sea, O&tober 23. THE ship to windward I made the signal for, and afterwards cafede was La Venus French national frigate, carrying 32 guns and 200 men, from Rochefort, bound to Senegal, and accounted a very fast failer, which I had the good fortune to come up with and capture so early as seven o'clock in the evening, owing to the Fisgard having come in hght in the afternoon directly in the wind of the chase, and turning her, fo that both ships crossed upon her course; we arrived up with her nearly a the same time.

I have the honour to be, &c. Captain Keats, Boadicca.


Copy of a Letter from Vice-admiral Lord Hugh Seymour to Evan Nepean, Elg.;

dated on board the Abergavenny, Port Royal Harbour, Jamaica, the 317 Auguft.

Sir, I HAVE very fincere pleasure in forwarding to you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, a letter which I have received from Captain Milne, of his Majesty's ship Seine, describing an action which does great honour to him, his officers, and his thip’s company, and which ended in the capture of the French republican frigate the Vengeance, a fhip of very superior force to that which he commanded.

Captain Milne has done so much justice to his officers and men by his report of their conduct on that occasion, that I have only to offer my congratulations to their Lordflips upon the fuccefs which attended their exertions, and to express my hope, that it will receive marks of their Lordships' favour proportioned to the fatisfaction which they must derive from the event, which has brought forward the merit of those engaged in it.

I am, Sir, &c.


His Majesty's Skip Seine, off St. Domingo, My Lord,

August 22. I HAVE the satisfaction to acquaint your Lordship, that on the morning of ihe 20th inftant I observed a ship on the starboard tack standing to le northward through the Mona Passage; I soon perceived The was an ei emy, and made all fail in chase, with very light breezes; the wird having come to the northward obliged her to tack, as the could not weather Cape Raphael on the St. Domingo fhore; the then stood S. S. E. and made all fail; by this time it was near sunset, and I could perceive she was a large frigate; it was near midnight before I could

bring her to action, and then not so close as I could with, as he always bore up and kept at long shot; sie however did us considerable damage in our rigging and fails, but to appearance he suffered equally: we separated for fome time, and I took that opportunity to get our rigging, &c. again in complete repair.

On the morning of the 25th I had the pleasure of bringing him to close a&tion; and after about an hour and a half bard fighting, an officer came out on her bowsprit (the only place he could be seen from, owing to the mass of confusion, by the loss of her foreniast, mizen-ınast, and maintop-nast having fallen on board), and said they had struck to the Britilh fiag. She was immediately taken poflcifion of, and proved to be the French frigate the Vengeance, Citizen Pitot, Capitain de Vaisseau, come mander, mounting 28 18-pounders on her main-deck, 16 12-pounders, and eight 42-pounders carronades on her quarter-deck and forecastle, and brass swivels on the gunwale, with fitting guns on the main and quarter-decks. The weight of metal I have mentioned in French pounds.' The behaviour of the officers and thip’s company was such as has always characterized the British seamen. To my first lieutenant, Mr. Chees ham, I am greatly indebted for his cool and fteady behaviour, and for the amazing fire kept up from the main-deck, which nothing could fur pass. My second lieutenant, Mr. George Milne, fell fighting nobly about the middle of the action. In him bis Majesty has lost a valuable and as zealous an officer as any in the service. To my third lieutenant, Mr. Edeveair (whom I mentioned on a former occasion, when gunner of the Pique), I am equally indebted for his services; as likewise Mr. Barclay, the master, and Mr. M Donald, lieutenant of marines, who was taken down wounded, and came up again when dressed, but was obliged, from a second wound, to be taken below : but I am happy to state, the life of this valuable officer will be saved, to render further services to his Majetty. The behaviour of the petty officers, seamen, and marines, was such as does them the highest credit. The Vengeance is a very large frigate, five years old, and exactly the dimensions of the Fisgard in his Majesty's service, and is the ship which had the action some time since with the American frigate the Constellation. Previous to her leaving Curaçoa she had a large supply of seamen from Guadaloupe, and was every way completely found, and bound to France.

His Majesty's fhip under my command has suffered much in her masts and hull; fails and rigging entirely cut to pieces. Your Lordship will perceive the Vengeance is superior in size, guns, and number of men, to his Majesty's ship I have the honour to command ;, but nothing could withstand the steady behaviour of this ship's crew.

I have the honour of enclosing a list of the killed and wounded. The Joss of the enemy has been very great, but I have not yet got a return.

I have the honour to be, &c.
Right Hon. Lord Hugh Seymour, &c.

A Return of the killed and wounded on board liis Majesty's Ship Seine, in tke

Aktion with the French Republican Frigate the l'ingcance, 21/7 inftant."
Killed - One officer and 12 seamen.
Wounded— Three officers, 22 seamen, 3 marines, and i boy.
Name of officer killed-George Milne, second lieutenant.

Names of officers wounded Archibald M‘Donald, lieutenant of marines; Andrew Barclay, master; Horne, captain's clerk.


Copy of a Letter from Captain W’ight, of lis MajeAy's Sloop Woolverins, :

Evan Nepean, Esq.; Jaied St. Fielens, the 4th inftant. Sir, · I HAVE to acquaint yo'ı, for the information of their Lord ships, that on Sunday morning, Cape Barfteur light-house W.N.W. about four miles, 1 discovered a French cu ter beating under the land; from my fituation to windward, I was happy to have it in my power to prevent her getting round the Cape ; I got so close up with her that she ran on fhore inside of a reef of rocks under the village of Gouberville, and under a battery, while my fhot was going over her; the appeared to strike very hard on the shore, as there was a great sea running, and a fresh gale of wind having come on in the evening, the must inevitably be rendered pleless.

I am, &c.


From the LONDON GAZETTE, November 15, 1800.

Admiralty Office, November 15. Letter from Vice-admiral Lord Keith, Commander in Chief of his Majefii's

Ships and Vessels in the Mediterranean, to Evan Nepean, 8./9. ; dated sz board the Foudroyant, at Gibraltar Bay, the 29th ult.

I HAVE just received a letter, of which the enclosed is a copy, from Captain Morris, acquainting me with the capture of a Spanish vellel of war by the boats of the Phaeton, under circumstances very highly creditable to Lieutenant Beaufort, and the oficers and people who were employed on the occasion. I regret with him the loss and injury which has been fustained in the attack, but I anticipate with equal fatisfaction the approbation with which I anı sure their Lordfiips will regard the gallantry that has been evinced in the execution of the enterprise. My Lord,

Phaeton, off Malaga, Ofeber 28. I HAVE the honour to acquaint your Lordthip, that on the 25th inftant, his Majesty's thip under my commard chared a fhip polacre, which fhowed Spanish colours, ensign and pendant, to an anchor under the fortress of Fangerolle, where a French privateer brig aiso took refuge : as the wind was on thore, and they were close into the furf, and directly under a battery of five heavy guns, there was no prospect of bringing them off then; the following night the briz escaped to the westward, and the ship made two at empts for Malaga, but was driven back. Last night the land breeze appearing favourable, I sent the boats under the command of Lieutenant Francis Beaufort, who, at five o'clock this morning, in opposition to a very obstinate refiftance on first boarding at the hatchways with musketry, and from the rising quarter-deck with fabres, got potieftion, and brought her out. She proves his Most Catholic Majesty's arned Mip the San Josef, alias L’Anglies, mounting two 24-pounders, iron ordnance, in the bow, two brass eighteens for steru chale, four brass twelves, and fix four-pounders, and most completely found in small arus of all kinds, commanded by an auxiliary officer of the navy, and manned with 49 seamen (of which 15 were abfent in her boat), and 22 foldiers as marines, employed as a packet, and carrying provifions between Malaga and Melila. From the force of the thip, her state of preparation, and situation with respect to the fort, also the unfortunate circumstance


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