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1807, the conflict. At about 3 P.M. one of the packet's *To guns, a 9-pounder carronade, loaded with doublegrape, canister, and 100 musket-balls, was brought to bear upon the privateer, and was discharged, with dreadful effect, at the moment the latter was making a second attempt to board. Soon after this, captain Rogers, followed by five men of his little .." crew, leaped upon the schooner's decks, and, not. gap withstanding the apparently overwhelming odds :::::H. against him, succeeded in driving the privateer'svetoer: men from their quarters, and ultimately in capturing the vessel. Force. The Windsor-Castle mounted six long 4-pounders ... and two 9-pounder carronades, with a complement side of 28 men and boys; of whom she had three killed and 10 severely wounded: her main yard and mizenmast were carried away, and her rigging, fore and aft, greatly damaged. The captured schooner was the Jeune-Richard, mounting six long 6-pounders and one long 18-pounder on a traversing carriage, with a complement, at the commencement of the action, of 92 men; of whom 21 were found dead on her decks, and 33 wounded. Mode From the very superior number of the privateer's 3. crew still remaining, great precaution was necessary #: in securing the prisoners. They were accordingly * ordered up from below, one by one, and were placed in their own irons successively as they came up. Any attempt at a rescue being thus effectually guarded against, the packet proceeded, with her prize, to the port of her destination; which, fortunately for the former, was not very far distant. goon. This achievement reflects the highest honour upon io of every officer, man, and boy, that was on board the ion Windsor-Castle; and, in particular, the heroic valour of her commander, so decisive of the business, ranks above all praise. Had captain Rogers stayed to calculate the chances that were against him, the probability is, that the privateer would have ultimately succeeded in capturing the packet; whose light car

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romades could have offered very little resistance at the 1807. usual distance at which vessels engage; and whose Co.' very small crew, without such a coup de main, ay, and without such a leader, could never have brought the combat to a favourable issue.

On the 7th of October, in the evening, the british Porcu. 22-gun ship Porcupine, captain the honourable Henry ..., Duncan, having chased a trabacculo, (one of the many. variously rigged small vessels employed in the Me- after a diterranean) into Zupaino, a harbour of the small ...” island of that name in the Adriatic, despatched her cutter and jollyboat, under the orders of lieutenant George Price, first of the ship, assisted by lieutenant Francis Smith, to endeavour to bring the vessel out. As the two boats were rounding the point which Lieut. forms the entrance of the harbour, a gun-boat, Price under the italian flag, opened a fire of round and ..." grape upon them. Observing this, captain Duncan gun: recalled the boats; but, as soon as it was dark, de-" tached them again to attack the gun-vessel.

Having taken a guard-boat, sent by the latter to lookoo, out for them, mounting a 4-pounder swivel, and man-ji ned with french soldiers, the boats pushed on for the " gun-vessel; which, expecting the attack, had moored safo. herself to the shore with four cables. In spite of this preparation, and of a heavy fire of grape and musketry opened upon them, lieutenant Price and his party gallantly boarded and captured the venetian gunboat Safo, mounting one long 24-pounder and several large swivels, and commanded by Anthonio Ghega, enseigne de vaisseau, with a crew of 50 men, most of whom leaped overboard. This very gallant enterprise was executed with so slight a loss as one seaman and one marine wounded.

On the 27th of November lieutenant Price, in the Decutter of the Porcupine, then cruising between Ra-. gusa and the island of Curzola, captured two small in Zuvessels from the first-named port, under a fire of" musketry from the shore, by which one of his men was wounded. On the 29th the same enterprising officer

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went with the boats into the harbour of Zuliano, and
destroyed a number of small vessels, together with
the wine that was in the magazines for the use of the
french troops. A trabacculo, laden with wood, was
the only vessel afloat in the harbour, and she was
brought out.
While the boats were returning, another trabacculo
was seen coming down. The Porcupine gave chase;
but lieutenant Price, anticipating the wishes of his
captain, pulled to-windward and captured the vessel.
She proved to be from Ragusa bound to Curzola,
having on board stores of every description for guns
and mortars, two 6% inch brass mortars, two 5% inch
brass howitzers, four new 18-pounder gun-carriages,
plank and every material for constructing a battery
on the island to which she was bound, and a great
quantity of shot and shells. Both this and the former
service were performed without a casualty.
On the 25th of October the british 18-gun ship-
sloop Herald, captain George M. Hony, cruising off
the fortress of Otranto in the Adriatic, observed an
armed trabacculo at an anchor under it. Conceiving it
practicable, under cover of night, to cut the vessel
out, captain Hony detached his boats, commanded by
lieutenant Walter Foreman; who, in the face of a
heavy fire of great guns and musketry, both from the
vessel and the shore, gallantly boarded and brought
out the french privateer César of four 6-pounders.
The crew defended her until the boats were along-
side, when all except four escaped by a stern-
hawser. Of lieutenant Foreman's party, Mr. James
Wood, the carpenter, was the only person hurt:
he was wounded dangerously. On board the Herald
two men were slightly wounded by shot from the
fortress, and the ship's hull and rigging slightly
damaged.
On the 24th of November, at 9 h. 30 m. A. M., the

fillin, island of Terriffa in sight bearing north-east by north,

with 10

gunboats.

and the wind very light from the west-north-west, the british hired armed brig Anne, of ten 12-pounder carronades, lieutenant James M'Kenzie, having in 1807. her company the late spanish lugger-privateer Van- No.’

sigo of seven guns, (six long 4, and one long brass 12
pounder,) with nine of the Anne's 39 men on board
as a prize-crew, observed 10 spanish gun-boats row-
ing towards her from the shore. At 10 A.M. the
headmost vessel fired a shot, and hoisted a red flag.
Finding that, owing to the calm state of the weather,
it was impossible to escape, lieutenant M'Kenzie
shortened sail to receive his opponents.
At 10 h. 15 m. A. M. the three headmost gun-boats
closed, and commenced the action. At 10 h. 30 m.,
the remaining seven closing, the lugger, after havin
previously hailed the Anne to say she had had three

men killed, struck her colours. At 11 A. M. the Anne Her

succeeded in dismasting one of the gun-boats. Find-jo

ing that two others had struck, she now discontinued the action; but lieutenant M*Kenzie did not think it prudent to attempt to take possession, the Anne having on board 42 prisoners, with only 30 men to guard them, and being, moreover, charged with despatches.

At 11 h. 10 m. A. M., having got round by the assistance of her sweeps, the Anne reopened her fire upon five gun-boats, that had taken possession of the

Vansigo, and were again closing on the Anne's star- Gun-board quarter, as if with an intention to board. .

Meeting with awarmer salute than they expected, and of
observing that the British were prepared to repel
any attempt at boarding, the Spaniards, at about
1 P.M., swept out of gun-shot, carrying with them
the Anne's prize.
Notwithstanding that six of the largest of these
10 gun-boats were, for nearly an hour and a half,
within pistol-shot of the Anne, their fire did not
injure a man on board. The official account contains
no statement, nor even supposition, relative to the
force, in guns or men, of these spanish gum-boats.
By a little research, however, it is discovered, that
several spanish vessels of this class, captured nearly
in the same quarter, and about the same time,

1897, mounted four guns each, generally two long 24 and No two long 8 pounders, with a complement of from 40 to 60 men. Hence lieutenant M'Kenzie's performance, in repulsing 10 such opponents, did him and the 29 officers and men of the Anne very great credit. On the night of the 6th of November the boats of the british 12-pounder 36-gun frigate Renommée, captain sir Thomas Livingstone, bart., and 18-gun brig-sloop Grasshopper, captain Thomas Searle, cruising in company in the neighbourhood of Carthagena, were sent under the orders of lieuIjo, tenant William Webster, of the former ship, to Web- ster endeavour to cut out some enemy’s vessels lying :... at anchor under the torre de Estacio. By 4 A. M. two on the 7th a spanish brig and a french tartar, each ... mounting six guns, with a proportionate num

under - - - - guns of ber of men, were in the possession of the british

#. boats; but the wind was so light and the current so strong, that both vessels ran aground without the possibility of getting them off. While the boats and captured vessels were in this state, a constant fire of grape and canister was maintained upon them from the guns on the tower; whereby several of the prisoners were wounded, as well as two of the British, Mr. Thomas Bastin, purser of the Grasshopper, who was a volunteer and commanded a boat upon the occasion, and Henry Garrett, cockswain of the Renommée's pinnace, both very badly. Under these circumstances, especially as there were several women and children in the prizes, some of whom were badly wounded, lieutenant Webster was induced to abandon the vessels without setting them on fire. Grass. On the 11th of December, at 11 A. M., as the : Renommée and Grasshopper were cruising on the ... same station, the latter, being on the look-out, jo descried a brig under way, and two settees at anchor, off Cape Palos, and immediately made sail

to cut off the former. On observing the Grass

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