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suite, together with a ...}}. of stores, particularly of copper, for the Cornwallis 74, and Chameleon and Icarus 10-gun sloops, building at Bombay. There was no difficulty in commissioning the ship, in calking her sides and decks, in fitting up her accommodations, in putting on board her 46 guns, or her stores for the voyage, or for the new ships building; but there was a difficulty in providing her with a crew. Officers, and a few petty-officers, were soon obtained. The ship's 50 marines also came on
board ; and, although 18 of the number were raw.
recruits, they were upon the whole a good set of
RemonStrance of capt. annberton the subject
1812; Manned in this way, with a total of 397 persons ‘D.C. of every description, the Java, on the 12th of Nosails vember, set sail from Spithead, having in charge two go outward-bound indiamen. On the 12th of Decem# ber the Java captured the american ship William, : and placed on board a master's mate and 19 men, tures a (the latter of some experience, undoubtedly, or they P* would have been of no use there,) with orders to keep company. On the 24th, being rather short of water, and being unable, without much difficulty, to get at what remained in the hold, on account of some articles of stores that laid over the casks, captain Lambert determined to put into St.-Salvador. With this object in view, the Java altered her course; but the two Bombay ships, not wishing to go so far out of their way, parted company, and proceeded alone on their voyage. Hitherto, owing to the necessity, in a newly fitted ship, of setting up the rigging, to the length of time, that a crew so inexperienced as the Java's would expend in the operation, to the number of other extra duties required on board a fighting ship so loaded and lumbered as the Java, and, particularly, to a succession of gales of wind since the day of departure, Crew the men had only been exercised occasionally at ...va training the guns. But, as the ship was now apto proaching a coast, where there was a probability of first falling in with an enemy's frigate, french or american, ... captain Lambert, on the 28th, ordered the crew to guns be exercised at firing the guns. Accordingly, for the first time since she had become a british frigate, the Java, on that evening, discharged six broadsides of blank cartridges. With the majority of the crew, of course, those six broadsides were the first they had ever assisted in firing. What a crew to go into action, not with an american frigate a third superior, but with a french frigate barely their equal Previously to his departure from Portsmouth, captain Lambert had actually declared to some of his friends, that, owing solely
to the ineffective state of his crew, he did not consider himself equal to any french frigate he 1812; might meet. ‘no’
Having no private brass guns, like the Macedo-Guns nian, and no pair of long 18-pounders forward to ..." bring down her head like the Guerrière, the Java ite, mounted no more, including 16 carronades, 32pounders, and two long nines, than her 46 guns and a boat-carronade. Since her action with the Guerrière, either because the ship was beginning to hog, or for some unexplained reason, the Constitution had disarmed herself of two of her 32-pounder carronades, and taken on board one 18-pounder carronade fitted on a travelling carriage; and for which, as has already been shown, she had more than one pair of spare ports.
Casting off the William, with directions to her to . proceed to St.-Salvador, the Java, soon after 8 A.M., on the with the wind blowing moderately from the north- or east, bore up in chase of the Constitution, then in and the south-south-west, standing on the larboard ...” tack. At 10 A. M. the Java made the private Constisignals, english, spanish, and portuguese, in suc-" cession; none of which were answered. At 10 h. 45 m. the Constitution tacked to the northward and westward, and stood for the Java; whom captain Bainbridge took for his expected consort, the Essex. At noon, when about four miles distant, the #. Constitution hoisted the private signal. Having hoists kept it flying 10 minutes, and finding it not answered, ..., the Constitution wore from the Java, as the american and account states, to avoid being raked; and, again;. setting her mainsail and royals, . away, about . two points free, in order, as commodore Bainbridge.” says, to draw the Java from her consort, the William merchantman, then standing in for the land, and supposed probably to be another ship of . War.
Hauling up, the Java steered a course, parallel to that of the Coustitution, and gained upon her considerably; but, the breeze freshening, the Java,who was then
goingloknots,lay over somuch,thatshe was obliged to
1812. take inher royals. At about 1 h. 30 m. P.M. the Consti‘no’ tution, who found no inconvenience from carrying her royals, hoisted a commodore's pendant at the main, one american ensign at the mizen peak and another at the main topgallantmast head, also an american jack at the fore. At 1 h. 40 m., by which time the Java had closed her within two miles, the american frigate shortened sail to top and topgallant sails, jib, and spanker, and luffed up to the wind. The british frigate now hoisted her colours, consisting of an ensign at the mizen peak, one union jack at the mizen topgallantmast-head, and another lashed to the main rigging; and, putting herself under top and topgallant sails, jib, and spanker, the Java stood for the Constitution, then bearing about three points on her lee bow. Consti- At 2 h. 10 m. P. M., when by her lasking course ... the Java had approached within half a mile of the herfire, Constitution, the latter opened a fire from her larin board guns; the shot from which, as a proof of their ... good direction, splashed the water against the Java's starboard side. Not being so close as he wished, captain Lambert stood on until within pistol-shot on the Constitution’s weather or larboard bow; when, at 2h. 20m. P. M., having received a second broadside, which, because the guns were now elevated too much, as before they had been too little, passed over her, the Java discharged a broadside in return. Almost every shot of this broadside took effect. The Constitution had her wheel knocked away, besides receiving other damage, and lost four men killed and several wounded. Consti- Dreading a repetition of this warm salute, the J. american frigate, having fired her third broadside #on without much effect, wore in the smoke to get fur. ...', ther to-leeward. As soon as she discovered that fire her wary antagonist was running before the wind, the Java made sail after her; and at 2 h. 25 m. P. M.,” the Constitution, and then the Java, having
* See diagram at p, 192.
come round on the starboard tack, the two frigates 1812; again exchanged broadsides. Again the Constitu- 5. tion wore to get away. The Java wore also; and at 2 h. 35 m., passing slowly under the latter's stern, with her larboard main yard-arm over the Constitution's taffrail, which, owing to the height of her lower battery from the water and her being fiearly eight feet between decks, was nearly as high as that of the 74-gun ship Plantagenet.* the british frigate; might have raked the american frigate in a most worthdestructive manner. But, either panic-struck at the ..., sight of so large and formidable a ship, or unable, i.e. from sheer ignorance, to appreciate the value of. the opportunity thus afforded them of reducing the strength of their antagonist, the Java's crew did not fire a gun, except the 9-pounder on the forecastle; and that was pointed and discharged by lieutenant James Saunders, one of the supernumerary officers. The Constitution had now the weathergage; but this did not suit her long-shot tactics: the american frigate therefore made sail free on the larboard tack, followed by the british frigate; who, at 2 h. 40 m., luffing up, crossed again, but in an oblique manner, the Constitution's stern, and fired, this time, two or three of her foremost starboard Ull].S.
g At 2 h. 43 m. P. M., feeling ashamed of thus avoid-Constiing an antagonist so much inferior in size and force .
closes to himself, or impelled by his officers, some of whom, he for
perhaps, hinted at the powerless state of the Java's j battery, as recently witnessed,commodore Bainbridge, o, as he tells us in his journal, “ determined to close so. with the enemy notwithstanding his raking.” The Constitution accordingly hauled on board her fore and main tacks, and luffed up for her opponent. On arriving abreast of the Java, who had stood on upon the larboard tack, and now lay close to-windward,
the Constitution shortened sail and engaged her. At
* Built, as well as the Courageux, without a poop. t See diagram.