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Phoebe appears to have mounted two more nines, 1811;
the Clorinde, when the Renommée was attacked by
1811; the Astrea and Phoebe, given to the former the 'o. support that was in her power, the french commodore's ship, in all probability, would have effected her escape; and that without the slightest disparagement to the Astrea. The resolute conduct of the Néréide, in not surrendering to the Phoebe after having sustained so heavy a loss in killed and
wounded, redeems, in some degree, the previous
shyness, on two occasions, of captain Lemaresquier;* unless we are to consider that, as he fell in the action, the credit of not striking the colours is due to the next officer in command, lieutenant François Ponée. With respect to the Clorinde, the behaviour of her captain on the present, perfectly agrees with his behaviour on a former occasion. M. Saint-Cricq abandoned his commodore in March, 1806; he does the same in May, 1811: then his heels could not save him; now they do save him. Upon the whole, if some glory was lost to the french navy by the misconduct of the Clorinde, more was gained to it by the acknowledged good conduct of the Renommée and Néréide. On the 21st, at daylight, the Astrea, Phoebe, and Racehorse discovered the Renommée and Galatea to-windward; and their bearings, as taken on board Alleged the Racehorse, were, Galatea south-west by south,
Örö. Renommée south-west by west. A very singular : circumstance appears to have prevented the Galatea in her from joining her three consorts to-leeward. It will ... be remembered, that only two officers and five men were sent to take possession of the Renommée, who had then a crew of nearly 400 effective officers and men. In this state of things, the surprise is, that the French did not retake their ship. It appears that the crew wished to do so; but that colonel Barrois, who, according to the etiquette of the french service, was now the commanding officer, acting upon a principle of honour which some of the french naval captains would do well to imitate, refused to give
his sanction to the proceeding. Hence lieutenant 1811. Royer and his few hands remained throughout the `. night in quiet possession of the prize; but were not permitted, when daylight came, to hoist the english over the french flag, nor to make any signal, either to the Galatea who was to-windward, or to the Astrea and her consorts, who were at a great distance to-leeward of them. Not knowing, of course, that the Renommée had been captured, and getting no answer to his signals, from this ship for the reason already stated, nor from the Astrea and Phoebe because of their great distance off, captain Losack doubted if it was not the french squadron of which he was in sight; and, while the Renommée bore up to join the Astrea and Phoebe, the Galatea made the best of her way to Port-Louis. Having taken out the prisoners from the Renom-Capt. mée, and placed on board a proper prize-crew, i." captain Schomberg now first learnt the situation of detachTamatave. The damaged state of the Phoebe notics. admitting her to beat up quickly against the wind of. and current, captain Schomberg despatched the mauve Racehorse in advance, to summon the french garrison to surrender. On the evening of the 24th the brig rejoined the Astrea, with the intelligence of the arrival of the Néréide at Tamatave. As this was the nearest port in which he could i. his ship repaired, lieutenant Ponée had proceeded straight thither, and immediately moored the Néréide in the most advantageous manner for resisting the attack which he hourly expected to be made. The Astrea, Phoebe, and Racehorse immediately . made sail for Tamatave, but were prevented by a himself strong gale from getting a sight of the french frigate, ...on until the afternoon of the 25th; when, no one in the of Né. british squadron possessing any local . of réide. the spot, and it being considered impracticable to sound the passage between the reefs without being exposed to the fire of the frigate and a battery of 10 or 12 guns, captain Schomberg sent captain WOL, WI. T)
Jo De Rippe, with a flag of truce at his brig's mast.
with several english and american provision-laden Joll; merchant vessels, and from among them supplied Aug. the principal part of his wants.
On the oil. when close to the port of her des-..." tination, the Clorinde was very near sharing the and is fate of her late consorts. At daylight she was ." discovered and chased by the british 80-gun ship used Tonnant, captain sir John Gore; who ineffectually." endeavoured to cut her off from entering the passage du Raz. At noon the Tonnant fired a shot at the Clorinde; and at about 1 h. 30 m. P. M., when the Saintes islands bore north-east by north four miles, discharged her broadside. The british 80 continued the chase, in a fresh gale at north-west and heavy sea, and passed through the Raz. At 2 P.M., when running, under a press of sail, between the Vieille rock and Pointe Carnarvan and coming up fast with the frigate, the Tonnant lost her main topmast and fore and mizen topgallantmasts by the violence of the wind. The latter, nevertheless, opened a smart fire upon the Clorinde, then within little more than pistol-shot distance; but the frigate, having judiciously reduced her sails when the squall came on, now possessed them all in a perfect state, and soon outran her pursuer. After receiving a few harmless Anshot from the battery on Pointe Trépassée, the or. Tonnant gave over the chase; and at 5 P.M. the Breit Clorinde anchored in the road of Brest. road.
It unfortunately happened, that the action off. Madagascar was not allowed to pass without as homcharge, an implied charge, at all events, of miscon-j duct on the british side. Having previously stated, in his official letter, captain Losack's report of the disabled state of his ship, captain Schomberg says: “I am, however, called upon by my feelings, and a sense of my duty, to bear testimony to the meritorious conduct of the officers and ships' companies of his majesty's ships Phoebe and Astrea.” Not a maravedi, in the way of praise, is bestowed upon the Galatea or Racehorse. Admitting the brig to