Page images
PDF

on that service, under the orders of lieutenants 1813; George Bowen and Michael Quin. The enemy of became so much discouraged at having Murat’s neapolitan colours cut down by the first shot from the Apollo's barge, that the tower was carried without the assistance of the ships or the slightest loss. It contained a telegraph, three carriage-guns, and three swivels, and was blown up. On the 18th of January, 1813, rear-admiral Thomas Apollo Francis Fremantle, the british commander in chief in . the Adriatic, detached the Apollo, accompanied by lands the Esperanza privateer and four gun-boats, hav- * ing on board 250 troops under lieutenant-colonel ind Robertson, to attack the island of Augusta. On the “” 29th the island surrendered; and captain Taylor bestows great praise upon lieutenant Bowen, first, and Mr. Thomas Ullock, purser, of the Apollo, who served on shore; also, for their gallantry in the frigate's barge, launch, and yawl, midshipmen William Henry Brand, William Hutchinson, and William David Folkes. Colonel Robertson having left a garrison in Augusta, the Apollo and small vessels sailed, on the 1st of February, for the neighbouring island of Curzola; and, on the same night, 160 soldiers, 70 seamen, and 50 marines, with a howitzer, landed at Port Bufalo, and surprised and carried a hill that commanded the town. Finding that, notwithstanding the British had got their fieldguns to this spot and that the advance was already in possession of the suburbs, the enemy appeared determined to hold out, captain Taylor took off the Apollo's seamen, and on the morning of the 3d attacked and silenced the sea-batteries. This led to an immediate capitulation. The loss to the British on the occasion amounted to two seamen killed and one slightly wounded, and the Apollo had her mainmast badly wounded and her rigging much cut. On the night of the 11th of April captain Taylor oats sent three boats of the Apollo, and two belonging to polio 1813, the 32-gun frigate Cerberus, captain Thomas Garth, A. cruising in company, to take temporary possession and of the Devil's island near the north entrance of ‘.... Corfu; by which the boats captured a brig and to trabaccolo going into Corfu with grain. On the *... 14th the two frigates chased a vessel, which, on its &c.” falling calm, escaped into Malero. Perceiving that the five boats were proceeding to attack her, and fearing from the natural strength of the island that they would not succeed, captain Taylor sent to desire that the boats would wait until the Apollo came up. The message, however, arrived too late, and lieutenant Edward Hollingworth Delafosse, first of the Cerberus, and Mr. Ullock, purser, of the Apollo, were wounded. On the arrival of the Apollo, captain Taylor landed the marines; who, after some skirmishing, captured the island, and found eight vessels laden with grain, but scuttled. ... . On the 24th of April, at daylight, observing a land felucca run into St.-Cataldo and disembark troops, 3. captain Taylor landed 30 marines under lieutenants french John Tothill and Colin Campbell, who, by a steady #." charge, dislodged them from a strong position, made ; 26 prisoners, and killed one, and wounded several. The boats in the mean time brought out the vessel, and the whole service was executed without loss. Boats . On the 17th of May, while cruising off Otranto, ... the Cerberus discovered an enemy's vessel close to

Same

* the land a little to the southward of Brindisi; and .* which, upon being chased, ran herself on shore ... under a martello tower. Captain Garth immediately * despatched three boats belonging to the Cerberus, under lieutenant John William Montagu, and two belonging to the Apollo, under lieutenant William Henry Nares, to attempt to bring out the vessel. ' This, after receiving her fire, they accomplished without any loss, and drove some of the enemy's troops, who had come down to protect her, a con

siderable way up the country. The vessel was armed

with a 6-pounder in the bow and a swivel. On the
next morning the boats brought off a gun from a
martello tower a little further to the southward.
On the 27th, observing a convoy collected in
Otranto, which it was thought would push for Corfu
the first north-west wind, captain Garth, on the fol.
lowing morning, took a station off Faro, to endeavour
to intercept them, and sent the barge and pinnace
of the Cerberus and the barge and gig of the Apollo,
under lieutenants Montagu and Nares, close in shore.
At about 1 A.M. the vessels came out, protected by
eight gun-boats. Notwithstanding this strong force,
and that they were aided by three more gun-boats
from Faro, and the cliffs covered with french troops,
the four british boats attacked them in the most
determined and gallant manner. Lieutenant Nares,
in the Apollo's barge, boarded and carried one gun-
boat, so midshipman William Hutchinson, in the
Apollo's gig, actually boarded and carried another
before the barge of the Cerberus could get along-
side. In boarding another gun-boat, Mr. Thomas
Richard Suett, master's mate of the Cerberus, was
shot through the heart. This, with one seaman killed,
and one marine dangerously wounded, was the
extent of the british loss. The gun-boats taken had
each a 9-pounder in her bow and two 4-pounders
abaft, and were carrying troops to Corfu. Four of
the convoy were also taken.
On the 17th of June, at 9 P.M., captain John
Harper, of the 18-gun brig-sloop Saracen, accom-
panied by lieutenant William Holmes and lieutenant
of marines Edward Hancock, put off with his boats
containing 40 men, and at 11 P.M. landed upon the
island of Zapano. After a difficult march of three
miles, captain Harper surprised and took prisoners
a corporal’s guard that was in advance. Pushing for
the guard-house and commandant's quarters, he then
carried the whole by the bayonet, without loss, and
took 36 prisoners, including the commanding officer of

1813.

June.

Capt.
Harper
of the
Saracen

and takes Zapano

the two islands of Zapano and Mezzo. The remaining

1813, 16 officers and men of the garrison effected their June. escape. Boats On the 29th of April the boats of the 74-gun ; , ships Elizabeth and Eagle, captains Edward Leveson to Gower and Charles Rowley, under the orders of !... lieutenants Mitchell Roberts and Richard Greenaway, agle - - take assisted, among others, by lieutenant Thomas Hol.* brook, fell in, off Goro, with a convoy of seven Goro, armed merchant vessels, laden with oil. Four of them were captured, and the remaining three ran themselves on shore into a tremendous surf, under the protection of a two-gun battery, two schooners, and three settee gun-boats, that opened a most galling fire. Notwithstanding all these difficulties, one of the vessels was brought off, and another destroyed, without a casualty. * On the 8th of June, observing three vessels, same supposed to contain powder, within the town of ... Qmago on the coast of Istria, captain Gower, after land at the two ships had fired for some time, detached o'...e. the marines, under captain John Hore Graham and lieutenants Thomas Price and Samuel Lloyd, who soon drove the enemy, consisting of .100 french soldiers, out of the town ; while the boats of the Elizabeth and Eagle, under lieutenants Mitchell Roberts, Martin Bennett, Richard Greenaway,

and William Hotham, destroyed a two-gun battery

and brought out four vessels. This service was

executed with no greater loss than one man wounded. ... , Qn the 20th, at daybreak, captain Gower caused ji to be landed at Dignano, opposite to the Prioni ... islands, 50 seamen from the Elizabeth, under the ion of orders of lieutenants Roberts and Bennett, and the .* marines under captain Graham and lieutenant Price; who, assisted by lieutenant Henry Richard Bernard with a division of armed boats, took possession of the town, and made prisoners of the french troops within it, without the slightest loss. On the 3d of July, in the morning, rear-admiral

Fremantle, with the 74-gun ships Milford, (flag.)

captain John Duff Markland, Elizabeth, and Eagle, 1818. Bacchante frigate, and gun-brig Haughty, lieutenant ‘T.’ James Harvey, got under way, with a light breeze Rearat south-west, from an anchorage about four miles; from Fiume; and, leaving a detachment of boats mantle and marines with the Haughty to storm the battery;. at the mole-head as soon as the guns were silenced," proceeded to attack the sea-line batteries of the town, mounting 15 heavy guns. A shift of wind to the south-east, aided by a strong current from the river, broke the ships off, and the Eagle could only fetch the second battery, opposite to which she anchored; and against which she presently opened so well-directed a fire, that the fort soon became silenced. This being communicated by telegraph, rear- Capts. admiral Fremantle made the signal to storm; when.” captain Rowley, leading in his gig the first detach-Hoste ment of marines, took possession of the fort and ... hoisted english colours; while captain Hoste, with french the marines of the Milford, took and spiked the guns of o, the first battery, which had been under the fire of the * Milford and Bacchante, and early evacuated. Leav- town. ing a party of seamen to turn the guns of the second battery against the others, captain Rowley, without losing time, boldly, dashed on through the town, although annoyed by the enemy's musketry from the windows of the houses, and a field-piece placed in the centre of the great street; but the marines, headed by lieutenants Samuel Lloyd and . Edmund Nepean, and the seamen from the boats, proceeded with such firmness, that the french troops retreated before them, drawing the field-piece until they came to the square; where they made a stand, taking post in a large house. At this time the boats, under captain Markland, with their carronades, opened upon the gable end of it with such effect, that the }. gave way at all points, and forsook the town in every direction. Captain Hoste, with his division, followed close to captain Rowley; and, on their junction, the two captains took possession WOL. VI. S

« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »