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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 ship has only received two fhots in It hull, without any other damage. I have the honour to be, &c.
Extract of a Letter from Captain Jolin Knight, of his Majesty's Ship Vco.
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 Marlborough, while in company, catured a French brig laden with butter, tallow, and hides.
I have now the honour to state, that, on returning from the Loire, which is very shallow 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 affi.ir 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 ber enlign-staff, and substituted those of Hamburgh at her maft-head.
I have the honour to be, &c.
JOHN KNIGHT. Extrait of another Letter from Captain Knight, of the Vontague; dated of
Ijle Groa, Orlober 30. ON the 28th instant, a small ship and a few chasse marées were the only vellets that could be seen above Point Nazaire, in the Loire : within 'the Ife Noirmoufier I saw two brigs and a galliet (French), which the boats of the Montague boarded; and although in poffeflion of them for a whole food, fo intricate and fiallow were the channels on the dat 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 from Captain Hotham, of his Majesty's Ship Immortalité,
the Earl of St. Vincent. My Lord,
Inmortalité, at Sea, Odcber 24I HAVE ihe honour to report to your Lordthip, that on the 12th of September 1 captured a small Spanith veffel laden with stone, which I was obliged to icutele, to enable ine to chase two French privateer thips (Le Brave and La Bellone), who huve in fight (cuming out of the Gj. ronde) 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 my power to get rear them, although 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 Enased them two hundred and fifty-uine miles to the westward. Flowever, on the 20ths, I retook an English Mhip (the Monarch) of fix
bundred and forty-five tons, laden with timber, which La Bellone had captured four days before on her paffage from Quebec to London.
On the 22d of the fame month, in the latitude of Cordonan 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 past 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 Noirmontier, where fhe was totally dismalted 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 til the day broke, and as it was ebb tide when we weni on shore, I was prevented from getting off before. In the morning braving got the fhip under weigh, and worked off from the land, finding myfelt 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 light, and nearer to the schooner than I was, brought her. to before I got up with her. I
I am, &c. Earl of St. Vincent, K. B.
11. HOTHAM. Copy of a Letter from Captain Bowen, of his Majesty's Ship Argo, to the
Earl of St. Vincent.
His Majesty's Ship Arga, at Sca, Ołober 21. I HAVE the honour 10 inform your Loruihip, that, yesterday, his Majesty's fhip under my command captured (after fifteen hours chafe, blowing fresh) the Spanish letter of marque San Fernando, n:ounting 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, telonging to the Royal Philippine Compariy; they had government dispatches on board, which they sunk; she is a fine vessel, quite new, meatures near three hundred tons, coppered, and fit for his Majesty's fervice.
The vessels taken and destroyed as per margin *, exclusive of the above capture, is the sum of our success. I have the honour to be, &c.
J. BOWEN, P.S. We have not seen an enemy's cruiser during our cruile.
The Earl of St. Vincent, &c.
Earl of St. Vincent.
Thames, at Sea, Osober 27. I HAVE the honour to acquaint your Loriilliin, that on tue 26th, instant, the Tower of Caduan E. S. E. thirty- fix teagies, liis Viaje?y's thip ! command fell in with and captured Le Diabie à Quatre rrencia flip privateer of 16 tweive and fix-pounders, and 150 n.en; die was
* French brig Maria Louisa, in ballast, fent in.
Spanish barque Sel Vincente, laden with iron ore, sent in.
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.
Admiralty Office, November 8. Copy of a Letter from Captain Curzon, of his Majesty's Ship Indefatigable,
to Captain Keats, of the Boadicea. Sir,
Indefatigable, at Sea, Oerber 23. THE fhip to windward I made the signal for, and afterwards chared, 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 sight in the afternoon directly in the wind of the chase, and turning her, so that both ships crossed upon her course; we arrived up with her neariy a the same time.
I have the honour to be, &c. Captain Keats, Boadicea.
Copy of a Letter from Vice-admiral Lord Hugh Seymour to Evan Nepean, E.;
dated on board the Abergavenny, Port Royal Harbour, Jamaica, the 312 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 hare 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 ship 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 Lordfips upon the fuccefs which attended their exertions, and to express my hope, that it will receive marks of their Lord thips' favour proportioned to the fatisfa&tion 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 Slip Seine, off St. Domingo, My Lord,
August 22. I HAVE the fatisfaction to acquaint your Lordship, that on the morning of ihe 20th instant I observed a ship on the starboard tack standing to tie northward through the Mona Paffage; I soon perceived she was an eremy, and made all fail in chase, with very light breezes; the wird having come to the northward obliged her to tack, as she 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 funset, and I could Ferceive she was a large frigate; it was near midnight before I could bring her to action, and then not so clofe as I could wish, as he always bore up and kept at long shot; she however did us considerable damage in our rigging and fails, but to appearance he suffered equally: we separated for some 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 action; and after about an hour and a half hard fighting, an officer came out on her bowsprit (the only place he could be seen from, owing to the mass of confufion, by the loss of her foren aft, mizen-inaft, and maintop-nast having fallen on buard), and said they had struck to the British flag. She was inmediately taken posleision 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 (wivels 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 ship's company was liich as has always characterized the Britith seamen. 'To my first lieutenant, Mr. Cheet ham, I am greatly indebted for his cool and steady behaviour, and for the amazing fire kept up from the main-deck, which nothing could furn pass. My second lieutenant, Mr. George Milne, feil 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 bis services; as likewise Mr. Bar, clay, the master, and Mr. M Donald, lieutenant of marines, who was taken down wounded, and came up again wlien 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 Majesty. 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 exa&tiy 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 nip under my command has suffered much in her masts and hull; fails and rigging entirely cut to pieces. Your Lord'thip will perceive the Vengeance is superior in size, guns, and number of men, to his Majesty's fhip 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 loss 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.
Aftion with the French Republican Frigaie the Vengeance, 21/7 inftant.
Names of officers wounded Archibald M‘Donald, lieutenant of marines; Andrew Barclay, master; Horne, captain's clerk.
Copy Copy of a Letter from Captain Wight, of lis MajeAv's Sloop Wolverine, te
Evan Nepean, Esq., daied St. Helens, the 4th inftant. Sir, I HAVE to acquaint you, for the information of their Lord shipx, that on Sunday morning, Cape Barfleur light-house W.N.W. about four miles, 1 discovered a French cu ter bearing 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 fie ran on fhore inside of a reef of rocks under the village of Gouberville, and under a battery, while my shot was going over her; the appeared to firike very hard on the shore, as there was a great sea running, and a fresh gale of wind having come on in the evening, ihe must inevitably be rendered pseless.
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, 1.q. ; dated oz board the Foudroyant, at Gibraltar Bay, the 29th ult.
I HAVE just received a letter, of which the enclofed is a copy, from Captain Morris, acquainting me with the capture of a Spanish velfel of war by the boats of the Phaeton, under circumstances very highly creditable to Lieutenant Beaufort, and the officers and people who were emploved on the occasion. I regret with him the lofs and injury which has been sustained in the attack, but I anticipate with equal fatisfacìion the approbation with which I am sure their Lorddrips 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 oa the 25th inftant, his Majesty's fhip under my commácid chased a fhip polacre, which fhowed Spanish colours, enlign 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 resistance on first boarding at the hatchways with musketry, and from the rising quarter-deck with fabres, got potfeffion, and brought her out. She proves his Most Catholic Majesty's armed nip the San Josef, alias L'Anglies, mounting two 24-pounders iron ordnance, in the bow, two brass eighteens for stern chase, four brass twelves, and fix four-pounders, and most completely found in small ar.rs of all kinds, commanded by an auxiliary officer of the navy, and mained with
49 seamen (of which 15 were abfent in her boat), and 22 foldiers as marines, employed as a packet, and carrying provisions between Malaga and Mesila. From the force of the Mip, her state of preparation
, and situation with respect to the fort, also the unfortunate circumstance