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guns each, all very fine vessels, of large Lieut. C. Kerr of the Jason, were sent dimensions, mounting 24. French 18. on the ist of July to silence a small pounders on their main decks; 38-poun. fort on the coast of Porto Rico, which der carronades on their quarter decks and bad annoyed the Maria very much the forecastles, and about.65omen (including day before. On landing close under the troops) in each ship, full ofstores, arms, fort, the boats grounded at such a disammunition, and provisions, &c. La tance, that the men were up to their Themis frigate and two corvettes, of 18 middles in the water, by which all their guns, escaped.
ammunition was spoiled, and they conAll the prizes are safe arrived in port. sequently could not fire a single musThis capture is in every point of view ket against the enemy. The Spaniards important. Had the frigates proceed- kept up a smart and well directed fire, ed either to the West Indies or South which killed and wounded a number of America, they might have done much our people, and among others, the semischief. The gallant Sir Samuel Hood, cond in command, master of the Maria, we are happy to say, is doing well. was struck at once by four bullets, and
The President French frigate was ta. almost instantly expired. In this situa. ken in the Bay of Biscay on the 27th tion, Lieut. Kerr, considering that hesi. of Sept, by the squadron under Rear- tation or retreat were equally certain Admiral Sir T. Louis, after a chace of 19 destruction to the whole party, instant. hours. She is a fine ship of 44 guns, ly stormed the fort, and carried it with. with 330 men, and commanded by out farther resistance ; the Spaniards all Monsieur Gallier Labrosse. There was running off the moment our brave tars no loss on either side. She had parted began to advance. In the fort, instead from a ship of the line, and two frigates, of a single cannon, which they only her consorts, in a hard gale of wind on supposed it to possess, were found five; the Carolina coast, on the zoth of Au- an iron 24 pounder, three brass twelves, gust.
and an iron 8-pounder. The first four On the 24th of August, the Pomona were immediately spiked, and the last Spanish frigate, of 40 guns, from Vera turned against the Spaniards, who still Cruz, was taken about two leagues to lurked in the bushes near the fort. the eastward of the Moro Castle, by the When just about to leave the fort, by British frigates Arethusa and Anson, af- some unfortunate mistake, a cartridge, ter a close action of 16 minutes. The Spa- much too large, was brought from the nish frigate was assisted by 7 gun-boats magazine of the fort; the people eut it, (one of which was blown up and ano- and left the overplus powder on the ther sunk) and a battery of 18 guns. ground under the gun. On firing, some Previous to the action there was a con. sparks set this loose powder on fire, siderable quantity of money landed which communicated to the magazine, from the frigate, reported to be the pro- and blew it up, by which two of our perty of the King: but the English men were killed, and three badly woundfound in the ship half a million of dol. ed.-- Lieut. Kerr was wounded in the Jars. The Captain of the Spanish frigate leg by a splinter, and had his face so lost his life in the action: the number much burnt, as to be in great danger of of others killed not known, but suppos- losing his sight. Of forty men who ed considerable, from the closeness of landed from the boats, twenty-two were the action, and heavy fire. At the time killed or wounded, besides those who of the action there was an $o gun ship suffered by the explosion. Lieut. Kerr in the harbour with her yards down, is since much recovered, and almost fit and could not get ready in time. The to resume his duty. Arethusa, Capt. Brisbane, had two men On the 12th of October, a most deskilled, and ten men wounded, the An. perate action took place off St Maloes, son, Capt Lydyard, none,
betwixt the Constance sloup of war of A letter from an officer in the Jason 24 guns, Capt. A. S. Burrowes, assisted frigate, commanded by the son of Admi- by the Sheldrake, Strenuous, and Briral Cochrane, states in substance as fol. tannia gunbrigs, and the Salamander lows :
French frigate, protected by strong bat“ The boats of the Jason, and of the teries on the shore. After a severe acMaria schooner, under the command of tion of three hours, the Salamander
struck, and was brought off; but in sô the 4th of July. Next day, they took shattered a state, that it was found ne- and destroyed three loaded ships at cessary to destroy her, after taking out Montserrat, and attempted to sink four the prisoners. Capt. Burrowes was kil- light vessels, under Brimstonehill at St led, and there were 12 men killed, and Kitt's, but did not succeed. On the 12 wounded on board the Constance, th, they sent a boat to take soundings which was so much damaged, that she in the bay of Tortola, where a large drifted on shore among the rocks, and fleet of homeward - bound ships had afterwards sunk. The remainder of the assembled for convoy. But Admiral crew were saved, and made prisoners. Cochrane, who had collected his ships, The Sheldrake had one killed, and two appearing off the island in the course of wounded; the Strenuous five wounded. that day, the French suddenly abandonThe Salamander lost her first and se- ed their design, and steered with all cond Captains, and about 30 men. sail to the northward. The Admiral
A desperate, but unsuccessful attempt sent two frigates to watch their motions, was recently made by the boats of the On the 12th of July, Admiral Sir John Spitfire sloop, to cut out a large pri. Warren, (who sailed from Portsmouth vateer from under the batteries at Diep. on the 4th of June, with six sail of the pe. The enemy were perfectly prepar. line and tivo frigates), arrived at Bare ed to receive the attack, and our brave badoes, and went in pursuit of the enetars were obliged to retire with consi- my, who, he was informed, was steerderable loss ;-the boatswain and seven ing home by the North American coast. men being killed, and two Lieutenants On the 19th of August, the- Admiral and four men founded.
reached Newfoundland, but without We have at length received some in. meeting the enemy. On the 21st of telligence of the proceedings of the August, Sir John Warren's squadron French squadron under Admiral Guilla- was in the Bay of Bulls taking in water, met, which escaped out of Brest in De. in order to continue his cruize. cember last, and in which Jerome Bo. We learn with regret, that Jerome naparte commanded the Veteran of 74 Bonarte has escaped all our fleets, guns. It appears that they ranged a. and 15 arrived safe in a French port, af. loog the African coast for near three ter a cruize more successful in the end months, and took and destroyed several than it was in the outset. It appears, English merchantmen. They stood as that after a cruize of near seven months, far south as St Helena, and would have he became anxious to get home, and gone to the Cape, had they not learnt actually parted with his Admiral Guil. of its capture. In the beginning of lamet in the Gulph of Florida about the April, they arrived at St Salvador in middle of July. On the 16th of August, the Brazils, where they took in provi. his ship, the Veteran, fell in off the sions and water, and sailed again on the Azores with a homeward-bound fleet 29th of that month. From this date from Quebec and Halifax, consisting of no accounts were obtained of them for
22 ships, under convoy of the Chamnear two months, having still had the pion of 24 guns. The fleet immediately good fortune to avoid the squadrons of separated by signal from the Champion, Sir Richard Strachan and Sir John B. but six of the most valuable ships, whose Warren, both of whom were in pursuit cargoes consisted of furs and timber for of them. At length dispatches were re: the navy, were unfortunately captured, ceived from Admiral Cochrane at Bar. Part of tbe cargoes were taken out, and badoes, announcing the arrival of the all the ships burnt. The crews were French squadron at Fort Royal in Mar- afterwards put on board of an American tinique, in separate divisions, from the ship, which landed them safe at Ports24th to the 29th of June. They con- mouth on the 26th of August. The sisted of seven ships of the line and Champion, three transports, with the four frigates. Admiral Cochrane's force, 6th regiment of foot on board, and the at this time, was only four ships of the other vessels escaped. The Veteran had line, and they were scattered among previously takeri and destroyed a West the islands. The French, however, a- Indiaman bound to Dublin, and another fraid of being overtaken and blocked vessel from Newfoundland to Oporro, up in Martinique, left that island about with fish. On the 26th of August, the
Veteran got safe into the bay of Con- 10th and 13th of August. The Patriore, carneau, near l'Orient, where Jerome of 74 guns, arrived in Annapolis roads instantly landed, and set out fur Paris. on the 2d of September, dismaasted. The It is said she was chaced in the Bay of Lole, Foudroyant, Castur, and the Im. Biscay for some time by the Gibraltar
petueux of 74 guns, put into Hampton man of war, which unluckily carried a. roads in distress. The Valoreux fri. way her fore-topmast.
gate is in the Delaware, dismasted, her We are sorry to learn, that the squa- stern stove in, and quarters gone. The dron of Sir Richard Strachan, which Sybelle frigate (the consort of the Resailed from Portsmouth the 19th of May, gulus and President on the coast of A. ja pursuit of Guillamet's fleet, has suf. frica) arrived in Hampton roads on the fered considerable damage in a violent goth of August in great distress. The storm, in the West Indies. The Admiral Regulus is said to have arrived at Brest had cruized for two months, from Ma. dismasted. deira to the Cape de Verd Islands, and But the storm has proved still more afterwards steered for the West Indies, fatal to the Jamaica fleet, a number of and arrived at Barbadoes on the 8th of valuable ships having foundered, and August. Having completed a stock of the crews unfortunately perished. The provisions and water for five months, he feet sailed from Negril Point on the sailed from that island on the 13th. 201h of July, consisting of 109 sail, un. They were making the best of their way der convoy of the Magicienne and Fratto the northward, till on the 19th, being chise frigates, and Penguin sivop, ihe in lat. 21. 22. N. long. 62. W. their Veteran to see them througe the golph, career was stopped. It bad blown hard On the joth of August, a Spanish ship on the 18th, and towards night had eve of the line came down on the flect, but ry appearance of bad weather; the ne. was chaced into the Havannah by the cessary precautions were therefore ta- Veteran and Magicienne. After pass. ken (the Admiral and all the squadrou ing the gulph, a violent hurricane carce were in sight of each other at sun-set). on, August 21st, which lasted for two The gale increased much during the days, and completely dispersed the feet. night, the wind shifting about as in a of the extent of the damage sustained, hurricane. At two o'clock in the morn. we have as yet but partial informations ing of the 19th, the main-mast of the Au. The Magicienne got into Bermuda withdacious was carried away; the fore and out a rudder, and the Franchise dis. mizen-top-mast went at the same mo. masted. Of the convoy the following 11 ment; but such was the terrific noise ships are reported to have foundered: of the wind, that the crash of masts was The Achilles, of Greenock ; Rashleigh, scarcely heard by the Officers on deck. Adn, and Cora, of London, ail the crews The mizen-mast went in about an hour saved. Forty-second and Pallas, of dit. after the main-mast; and at nine u'clock to; une man each saved. Erin, of Dub. A. M. the fore-mast was cut away, there lia, all lost. Sally, Exeter, and Nurbeing no possibility of securing it. The well, of London, fate of the crew noi wreck fell on board, and did some da- mentioned, Africaine, of Liverpool
, mage to the ship; but no man was see ditto. Francis; of London, Capt. Hall riously hurt by any of the wreckss, or and four men saved. during the gale.
On the 25th, after the gale abated, The Prince of Wales of 93 guns, and there were 65 sail in company with the Audacious, Terrible, Bellona, and Mon. Penguin ; from 20 to 22 sail were then tague of 74, are all arrived at Plymouth unaccounted for, among which were under jury masts. They parted with the the Union, Bruce, for Greenock ; Al. Admiral's ship, the Caesar of 80 guns, fred, Clarke ; Fortune, Reid, and Au. and the Triumph, Capt. Sir T.M. Har. fora, M'Kiulay, for Glasgow; Cumber. dy, the day after the storm. The fur. land, Simpson, for Leith. mer had sprung ber fore-mast, and was The Tourterelle frigate saiied from steering with the Triumph for Chesa.' the Bahamas with a merchant vessel peak Bay, where it is believed they and three transports under convoy, and may arrive safe.
three weeks after put into Bermuda, so Guillamet's squadron was likewise much damaged that it was thought she dispersed in a gale of wind between the must be condemned. One of the trans
ports got into Bermuda, and another the island of Bonavista, when the chief has arrived at Plymouth.
mate, purser, 3 cadets, 18 seamen, 3 sol. A ship, called the Rose in June, was diers, 7 women, and a child, all unfortu
On the roth of October, a reinforce-
On the 14th of August Lord St Vin. It is with much satisfaction we an- cent left his station off Brest, with in nounce the safe arrival of the China sail of the line, and steered for Lisbon. fleet, at Portsmouth on the ed of Sept. The object of this movement was said under convoy of his Majesty's ship Ad- to have proceeded from an apprehenmant, consisting of the 13 following sion of an attack upon Portugal, by a ships : Exeter, Cumberland, Henry Ad- large body of French troops assembled dington, Bombay Castle, Earl Howe, at Bayonne, and that the British fleet Wexford, Windham, Royal George, was to give every assistance to the Hope, Ocean, Coutts, Warley, and Scale- royal family, by transporting them with by Castle. They sailed from Macoa all their household and treasure to Bra. Roads on the 4:h of March, arrived at zil. The alarm has subsided, and his St Helena on the 2d July, and left that Lordship has resumed his station. island on the oth.
A Russian squadron of five sail of The Lady Burgess East Indiaman, the line, three frigates and a sloop, has Capt. Swinton, which sailed with the arrived at Portsmouth to take in provifieet for England on the 30th of March, sions. It is bound to the Mediterranean, was totally lost on the 20th of April on and has about 4000 troops on board.
Besides the order of Council for open.
OFFICERS AT MAIDA. ing a trade with Buenos Ayres, as before mentioned, the Gazette contains an or- The following notices respecting the der for permitting the importation in officers, who gloriously distinguished neutral vessels, into our West India isl. themselves in the plain of Maida, will ands for twelve monthis ensuing, of lum. not be unacceptable to our readers :ber, staves, and all kinds of provisions, Sir John Stuart is the son of the late with the exception of beef, pork, and Sir James Stuart, who was for many butter, and also the exportation of rum, years the British Superintendant of Inmolasses, and all other commodities, dian affairs in North America. Sir Joha except sugar, indigo, cotton, coffee, and received his education in Glasgow.
This is the first exercise of the His atchievements in Egypt, where he authority vested in the Privy Council commanded the Queen's German regi. by the act of last Session, called the ment, were rewarded with the Turkish West India intercourse bill, which was Order of the Crescent. productive of such warm debates in Lieut. Col. Oswald, of the 35th, is both Houses. Since the passing of the the son of Mr Oswald of Dunnikier, hill, the Board of Trade has been al. in Fifeshire. He was severely wound. most daily occupied in ascertaining the ed when bravely leading on his regi. practicability of supplying the Colonies ment in the unsuccessful expedition to wholly from the Mother Country. The Holland in 1799. General Fox has ap. order of Council seems to be decisive pointed him Brigader General in the of the negative.
Mediterranean. Lieut-Col. Kempt, who The Society at Lloyd's have voted a led the brave light infantry, was Aid-de. Vase of L. 300 value, with an appropri. Camp and Secretary to General Aber. ate inscription, to Major-General Sir crombie, and attended his gallant Lord John Stuart, for his gallant conduct at from the moment he was wounded, till the battle of Maida, also honorary bis honoured remains were deposited rewards, from L. 200, down to L. 25, to under a gun at Malta. Lieut. Col. the different Officers wounded, and have Kemp is the son of Mr Gavin Kempt, also voted relief to the Widows, Or- late merchant in Leith. Lieut.. Col. phans, and relations, depend. Patrick M.Leod, commanding the 2d ing upon support on the Officers, and battalion of the 78th, is second son of men killed, and gratuities to those Donald Macleod, Esq. of Geanies, Shewounded.
riff, ard Lieut.- Colonel Commandant of The Patriotic Society have also vo. the three battalions of Ross-shire volun. ted Vases, of the value of L. 200 each, teers. He was Fort Major of the Cape to General Beresford, and Sir Home of Good Hope, during the latter part of Popham, for their gallant and generous the last war. Major Plenderleath, who conduct at the capture of Buenos Ayres, commanded the sist, is son of Capt. and an Annuity of L. 25 per annum for Plenderleath, who commanded the Roy. life to Captain Le Blanc, who was al Edinburgh volunteer 'artillery, when disabled in the attack, with survivor. it was first raised. ship to Mrs Le Blanc; also relief to the Capt. M'Laine, of the zoth foot, the Widows, Orphans, and Relations of only officer killed in the action, was a those killed, &c.
son of Gillian Maclaine of Scallastle, in The subscribers to Lloyd's have pre. the island of Mull. He very highly dissented 200 guineas to Capt. M'Kenzie, tinguished himself in the campaign in of the Carysfort who brought away 1799 in Holland, and was particularly 30 vessels from the West Indies, which noticed in one of the actions fought otherwise must have fallen into the there by Lieut.-Gen. Moore. He after. hands of the enemy.
wards served in the Egyptian campaign, The sum granted by Parliament to and returned with his regiment to Mal. the Heroes of Trafalgar is now paying. ta. In the late glorious battle, fought Petty officers receive L. 26. 65.-Sea- on the plains of Maida, Capt. Maclaine men and Marines L. 4. 125. od. The being on the advance with the bayonet, sum of L. 18,000 has been deducted and after putting those to the route who from the parliamentary grant to pay off opposed him, fell, much lamented by the legacies left by Lord Nelson, his regiment.