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Relative size and Scantling of the tWO brigs.
Remarks on the action.
upwards of “100 men on board; for,” says captain
Hull, “I counted upwards of 90 hammocks.” As the
american public did not know that, in the british
an american vessel had succeeded against a british 1818. vessel nearly equal to her in guns; and, even in o. this case, the american vessel was doubly superior in crew, better found in every respect, nearly a third larger, and constructed, as we have already stated, of much stouter scantling. On the 7th of September the gallant commanders of Burial the two brigs were buried at Portland with military ..."
two and civic honours; and the few surviving officers of com: the Boxer, to testify their regard for their late ..." commander, caused a tombstone, with a suitable inscription, to be placed over his grave. None of the praises lavished upon the “fine brig of war Boxer” could gain her a place among the national vessels of the United States. She was put up to auction, and sold as a merchant brig; for which service only, and that in peaceable times, she was ever calculated. . On the 12th of August, at 6 h. 30 m. A. M., the Peli. british 18-gun brig-sloop, Pelican, captain John ... in Fordyce Maples, anchored in Cork from a cruise. quest Before the sails were furled, captain Maples received ... orders to put to sea again, in quest of an american sloop of war, which had been committing serious depredations in St-George's Channel, and of which the Pelican herself had gained some information on the preceding day. At 8 A. M., having supplied herself with a few necessary stores, the Pelican got under way, and beat out of the harbour against a very strong breeze and heavy sea; a proof of the earnestness of her officers and crew. On the 13th, at 7 h. 30 m. P. M., when standing to ..." the eastward with the wind at north-west, the Pelican her, observed afire ahead, and a brig standing to the south-.” east. The latter was immediately chased under all brigs sail, but was lost sight of in the night. On the 14th, at ... 4 h. 45 m. A. M., latitude 52° 15' north, longitude for the 5° 50' west, the same brig was seen in the north- .
east, separating from a ship which she had just set gage, on fire, and steering towards several merchantmen
mounted by each brig.
in the south-east. This active cruiser was the United
donian. On quitting the United States upon this
cruise, the Argus mustered 157 men and boys; but
At 4 h. 30m. A. M., being unable to get the weather
gage, the Argus shortened sail, to give the Pelican
the opportunity of closing. At 5 h. 55 m. A. M., St.-
the Pelican hoisted her colours. The Argus imme- 1813. diately did the same, and at 6 A. M., having wore `. round, opened her larboard guns within grape-distance; receiving in return the starboard broadside of the Pelican. In about four minutes captain Allen Ameriwas severely wounded, and the main braces, main **i. o gaff, and trysail-mast of the Argus were sound. shot away. At 6 h. 14 m. the Pelican bore up, to “ pass astern of the Argus; but the latter, now commanded by lieutenant William Henry Watson, adroitly threw all aback, and frustrated the attempt, bestowing at the same time a well intended, but ineffective raking fire. At 6 h. 18 m., having shot away her opponent's preventer-brace and main topsail-tie, and thus deprived her of the use of her aftersails, the Pelican passed astern of and raked the Argus, and then ranged up on her starboard quarter, pouring in her fire with destructive effect. In a short time, having by this vigorous attack had her wheelropes and running rigging of every description shot away, the Argus became entirely unmanageable, and again exposed her stern to the broadside of the Pelican; who, shortly afterwards, passing the broadside of the Argus, placed herself on the latter's starboard bow. In this position the british brig, at 6 h. 45 m. A. M., boarded the american brig, and Pelican instantly carried her, although the master's mate of o: the Pelican, Mr. William Young, who led the party, and received his death-wound from the fore top of the ...” Argus, just as he had stepped upon her gunwale. Even this did not encourage the american crew to rally; and two or three, among those who had not run below, hauled down the colours. On board the Pelican, one shot had passed through Dathe boatswain's and another through the carpenter’s ...” cabin. Her sides were filled with grape-shot, and loss * her rigging and sails much injured: her foremast ...a and main topmast were slightly wounded, and so were her royal-masts; but no spar was seriously hurt. Two of her carronades were dismounted. Out of WOL, WI. Y
1818, her 101 men and 12 boys, the Pelican lost, besides ‘...." the master's mate, Mr. Young, slain in the moment of victory, one seaman killed, and five slightly wounded, chiefly by the american musketry and langridge; the latter to the torture of the wounded. Captain Maples had a narrow escape: a spent canister-shot struck, with some degree of force, one of his waistcoat buttons, and then fell on the deck. Same The Argus was tolerably cut up in her hull. ..ara Both her lower masts were wounded, although not Argus. badly, and her fore shrouds on one side were nearly all destroyed; but, like the Chesapeake, the Argus had no spar shot away. Several of her carronades were disabled. Out of her 122 men and three boys, to appearance a remarkably fine ship's company, the Argus had six seamen killed, her commander, two midshipmen, the carpenter, and three seamen mortally, her first lieutenant and five seamen severely, and eight others slightly, wounded; total, six killed and 18 wounded. Broad. We shall not, of course, reckon as a part of the ... Pelican's broadside force the two 6-pounders in guns o each her stern-ports, nor, for the reason formerly stated, * the 12-pounder boat-carronade. Although a trifle shorter on deck than the Pelican, the Argus carried her 10 guns of a side with ease; first, because, being of a smaller caliber, they took up rather less room, and next, because her tiller worked on the ’tween decks, and admitted her aftermost port to be carried nearer to her stern by several feet. The american writers dwelt upon the number of prizes which the Argus had previously made, partly with the view of raising an inference, that she had reduced her ammunition to an inadequate amount. The fact is that, after her action with the Pelican, the Argus had more powder left than was supplied to the Pelican at her first outfit; and the american brig's round, grape, and canister shot, exclusive of bars of iron, old iron, rusty nails, bayonets lashed together with rope-yarn, and other species of american langridge,