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1813, light breeze and a strong current against her, captain '...' Hoste detached the boats under lieutenant Hood, with discretionary orders, either to attack the convoy or to wait till the Bacchante arrived. Lieutenant Hood took with him lieutenant Frank Gostling, acting lieutenant Edward Webb, lieutenants of marines Charles Holmes and William Haig, master's mate William Lee Rees, and midshipmen James Rowe, Thomas Edward Hoste, Francis George Farewell, the honourable William Waldegrave, Thomas William Langton, James M*Kean, and Samuel Richardson. Lieut. Lieutenant Hood found the enemy much stronger #. than had been expected, consisting of seven large 10 gun-gun-boats, mounting each one long 18-pounder in o, the bow, three smaller gun-vessels, with a 4-pounder in the bow, and 14 sail of merchant vessels, four of which also had guns in the bow; and the shore astern of the vessels was lined with troops intrenched on the beach, having with them two fieldpieces. This, “ says captain Hoste,” was the force opposed to a frigate's boats; but no disparity of numbers could check the spirit of the brave officers and men employed on this service. The attack was determined on instantly, and executed with all the gallantry and spirit which men accustomed to danger and to despise it have so frequently shown; and never was there a finer display of it than on this occasion.” The boats, as they advanced, were exposed to a heavy fire of grape and musketry; and it was not until they were fairly alongside the gunboats, that the crews of the latter slackened their fire: they were then driven from their vessels with great loss. The troops on the beach, stated by the prisoners to amount to 100 men, fled on the first fire, and their two field-pieces were destroyed by the british marines. In performing this very brilliant exploit, the boats of the Bacchante sustained a loss of two seamen and one marine killed, and five seamen and one marine wounded.
On the 22d of April, at daybreak, the brig-sloop
Weasel, cruising about four miles to the east-north-1813. east of the island of Zirana, discovered and chased oil. a convoy, close to the main land, making for the weasel ports of Trau and Spalatro. As the brig. ap-o." proached, the vessels separated in different direc- oucks tions, the greater part, with 10 gun-boats, bearing ..." up for the bay of Boscalina. These the Weasel" continued to chase under all sail; and at 5 h. 30 m. A. M. they anchored in a line about a mile from the shore, hoisted french colours, and commenced firing at her. The wind blowing strong from the southeast, which was directly into the bay, the sails and rigging of the brig were considerably damaged before she could close. At 6. A. M., however, the Weasel anchored with springs, within pistol-shot of the gun-boats; and a furious action commenced. At the end of 20 minutes the latter cut their cables, ran closer in, and again opened their fire. This increased distance not suiting her carronades, the CapWeasel cut her cable, ran within half pistol-shot of..., the gun-boats, and recommenced the action. Three drives large guns, at the distance of 30 yards from each ...
other, and 200 or 300 musketry, on the heights im-o: mediately over the british brig, now united their fire." to that of the gun-boats. The engagement continued in this way until 10 A. M.; when three of the gun-boats struck their colours, two were driven on shore, and one was sunk. The remaining four gun-boats were now reinforced . by four more from the eastward; who anchored out-ingfour side the Weasel, and commenced firing at her. ...a This obliged the brig to engage on both sides, but by four the outer gun-boats afterwards ran in and joined the . others; all of whom now placed themselves behind Weasel, a point of land, so that the Weasel could . See their masts from her deck. Here the gun-boats commenced a most destructive fire, their grape-shot striking the brig over the land in every part. At this time the Weasel's crew, originally short by the absence of several men in prizes, was so reduced,
that she could with difficulty man four guns; the
1818; marines and a few of the seamen firing musketry, her
Aoi grape being all expended. The action lasted in this way until 3 P. M., when the gun-boats discontinued their fire. At the expiration of 40 minutes the engagement recommenced, and continued, without intermission, until 6 h, 30 m, P. M., when the firing entirely ceased on both sides.
Her" The Weasel was now in a very critical situation:
*...* she was but a few yards from a lee-shore, almost
tion, a complete wreck, with the whole of her running,
and the greater part of her standing, rigging cut to pieces, most of her sails shot from the yards, her masts shot through in several places, her anchors all destroyed or rendered unserviceable,her hull pierced with shot, five of which had entered between wind and water, and her two pumps shot away between the decks, so that the crew could with difficulty keep the brig free by constantly bailing at both hatches. In addition to all this, the Weasel had already lost capt. 25 men in killed and wounded. Captain Black, *: nevertheless, after dark, sent his boats, and dei." stroyed, besides the gun-boats that had struck and *:::...gone on shore, eight of the convoy; the boats stroys bringing away some of the enemy's anchors, by * the aid of which, the brig was enabled to warp herself out. wease. On the 23d, at daybreak, having warped herself again, about a mile from the land, the Weasel was again ... attacked by the gun-boats, who, taking a rakingpogun. sition, annoyed the brig much; especially as, her
to last cable being half shot through and the wind
* blowing strong in, she could not venture to bring her shore, broadside to bear upon them. All this day and night the Weasel continued warping out from the shore, but very slowly, her people being reduced in numbers and exhausted with fatigue. On the 24th, at noon, the French opened a battery, which they had erected, on a point of the bay close to which the Weasel was obliged to pass; and at l P. M. the gunboats, pulling out in a line astern, recommenced their fire, The wind was now moderate, and shortly afterwards it fell calm. At 5 P.M. the gun-boats, 1813. having got within range, received the contents of F.C.' the brig's larboard broadside and sheered off; but, Beats owing to the calm, the Weasel was unable to follow on up her advantage, and they effected their escape. " In this very gallant, and, considering the extrica-Her tion of the vessel from such a host of difficulties, ..." admirably conducted enterprise, the Weasel had her boatswain, (James Toby,) three seamen, and one marine killed, and her commander, badly wounded by a musket-ball through the right hand; but, with a modesty that did him honour, captain Black would not suffer the surgeon to insert his name in the official report. The brig's remaining wounded consisted of her first lieutenant, (Thomas Whaley, severely.) one master's mate, (William Simkin, severely,) one midshipman, (James Stewart,) 19 seamen, and two marines wounded. The loss sustained on the part of the french gun-boats, and at the batteries on shore, could not be ascertained, but must have been SeVere. On the 2d of February, at daylight, Faro bearing Two south-south-east distant six miles, the british 18. " gun ship-sloop Kingfisher, captain Ewell Tritton, King: discovered several trabaccolos near Melara steering . to the southward. There being little wind, captain;. Tritton detached the cutter and pinnace, under to: acting lieutenant George H. Palmer and Mr. John..., Waller the gunner, to intercept the vessels. After vessels. a five hours' chase, the two boats succeeded in capturing one trabaccolo, and in running nine on shore near St.-Catharine's in the island of Corfu, five of which were totally destroyed. In executing this service, the two boats were exposed to a heavy fire of musketry from the heights and from a one-gun battery, and sustained a loss, in consequence, of two men killed and seven severely wounded. On the 6th of January, at 2 P.M., a division of the boats of the 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Havannah, captain the honourable George Cadogan, placed
1813, under the orders of lieutenant William Hamley, ‘D.C.' attacked and carried the french gun-boat No. 8, of Boats one long 24-pounder and 35 men, although the ves... sel was prepared in every respect and was supported i." by musketry from the shore to which she had been H. made fast. Lieutenant Hamley had no expectation icy of meeting an armed vessel, until, upon opening the .." creek in which the gun-boat lay, the boats were fired vessel. upon, and desired by the troops drawn up on the beach to surrender. Three merchant vessels were taken at the same time; and the british loss amounted to one master's mate (Edward Percival) killed and two seamen wounded. Take On the 22d of March the boats of the Havannah, :" under the same commanding officer, assisted by under lieutenant of marines William Hockly, captured, * under the town of Vasto, a large trabaccolo, mounting three long french 8-pounders, and destroyed a similar vessel laden with oil. On the 26th, lieutenant Hamley, assisted again by lieutenant Hockly, captured five armed trabaccolos and five feluccas laden with salt, near the town of Fortore. In both instances, the vessels were hauled aground, and were under the protection of a strong body of military and some guns on the beach. No greater loss, notwithstanding, was sustained by the British in either enterprise, than two men slightly wounded. On the 17th of June, in the morning, the boats of the same frigate, still commanded by lieutenant Hamley, landed and brought off, from under the town of Wasto and from the fire of eight guns, 10 sail of merchant vessels; and that with Boat, no greater loss than three men slightly wounded. of On the 21st of December, 1812, the british 38-gun †" frigate Apollo, captain Bridges Watkinson Taylor,
and Weasel accompanied by the brig-sloop Weasel, chased a
H. trabaccolo under the protection of the tower of
... St.-Cataldo. As this tower was reputed to be the ...” strongest between Brindisi and Otranto, captain gos. Taylor resolved to attempt its destruction. The
tido boats of the two vessels were accordingly detached