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the two enemy's vessels, a schooner, was considerably 1813; in the rear of her consort, captain Rattray despatched Jos. in pursuit of her the cutter of each brig, under the into orders of lieutenant Roger Carley Curry, assisted ..., by lieutenant William Hutchinson, and by midship-Ho. men George Morey, Bradford, and Caleb Evans Tozer. Lieutenant Curry pushed up the narrow inlet of Boats Yeocomico, and, when about four miles from the . entrance, found the american schooner, which was curry the Asp, of one long 18-pounder, two 18-pounder.” carronades and swivels, hauled up close to the capture beach, under the protection of a large body of” militia. The british boats, however, persevered in their attack, and after a smart struggle, in which they had two men killed and lieutenant Curry and five men wounded, carried the vessel. The american commanding officer, lieutenant Segourney was killed, and nine out of his 25 in crew were either killed or wounded. The British set fire to the Asp, but not effectually, as the Americans afterwards extinguished the flames and preserved the vessel. In the month of July captain Sanders, with his Martin frigate the Junon, and the ship-sloop Martin, cap-à."
shore tain Humphrey Fleming Senhouse, of 16 carronades, in the
24-pounders, and two long nines, was stationed in o: Delaware bay. On the 29th, about 8 A. M., the Martin grounded on the outer ridge of . Crow's shoal, within two and a half miles from the beach; and, it being a falling tide, could not be floated again before the return of flood. The water ran so shoal, that it became necessary to shore the ship up; and the same cause prevented, the Junon from afterwards anchoring nearer to the Martin than a mile and three quarters. This afforded to the flotilla of american gun-boats and block-vessels then in the Delaware, a fine opportunity to destroy the british sloop. They accordingly, 10 in number, advanced, and deliberately took up an anchorage about a mile and three quarters distant, directly on
1813. the Martin's beam, on the opposite side to the Junon, ‘.... and so as to bring the latter in a line with the sloop. Thus, by anchoring at the distance of three miles from the frigate, which, it was well known, could not approach nearer on account of the shoals, the american gun-boats had no force but the Martin's to contend with. Is at All this while, crowds of citizens, on foot, on to: horseback, and in carriages, were hastening to the ameri- beach, in the hope to see verified, in the speedy ... destruction of the Martin, the wonderful accounts boats, they had heard of american prowess on the ocean. The Martin got her topgallantmasts struck, and her sails furled; and, although he despaired of saving his ship from so formidable a force, captain Senhouse resolved to defend her to the last extremity. The gun-boats commenced the fire, and the Martin returned it, at first with her carronades; but, finding they could not reach, captain Senhouse had the two 9-pounders transported from their ports, one to the topgallant forecastle, the other to the poop. Between these two guns, and all the guns of the american flotilla, was the fire maintained for nearly two hours, without the slightest injury to the Martin. At about 2 P. M. the sternmost gun-boat in the line having separated a little from the rest, captain Sanders made the signal for the boats manned ** and armed. Accordingly, three boats were dejunon spatched from the Martin, containing 40 officers and join men, and four from the Junon, containing 100 capture officers and men, the whole under the orders of the ... " Junon's first lieutenant Philip Westphal. On the gun; approach of the boats, the gun-vessels turned their * fire from the Martin against them, but at too great a distance to be effective. The single gun-boat, which was the principal object of attack, kept up a spirited fire, but was quickly boarded and overpowered. The british boats, in this affair, lost three killed and mortally wounded, and four slightly wounded; the
gun-boat, seven wounded. The last discharge from
the gun, mounted on board the gun-boat, broke its 1813; carriage. That prevented the British from return- i. ing the fire of the remaining gun-boats, which had dropped down in line, hoping to retake the prize ; but which the captors towed off in triumph. As, in their attempt to save their companion, the gun-boats passed the bow of the Martin, the sloop fired upon them with effect; and the Junon opened her fire, but her shot scarcely fell beyond the Martin. Some of the gun-boats having grounded, the re-. mainder anchored for their mutual protection. The is of tide had drifted the ship's boats, as well as the captured." vessel, to a considerable distance. The gun-boats flotilla that had grounded got off, and the whole, as if to . renew the attack upon the change of tide, anchored the within two miles and a half of the Martin, now weak-" ened by the absence of 40 of her best hands. However, at 5 P.M., to the surprise of the Martin's officers and crew; and, as it afterwards appeared, to the extreme mortification of the spectators on shore, this formidable flotilla weighed and beat up, between the Martin and the shore, without further molesting her, and arrived in safety, soon afterwards, at their station near the mouth of the river. The force, that attacked the Martin, consisted of . eight gun-boats and two block-vessels. The latter tacked were sloops of 100 tons each,which had been coasters...an Their sides had been raised, heavy beams laid across, and the whole planked in, on the top, on each side, and at the ends; leaving only loopholes for musketry, (through which pikes might be used in repelling boarders,) and three ports of a side : in these were mounted six long 18-pounders. The covering extended the whole length of the vessel, and was large enough to contain 60 men, the number stated as the complement of each. The gunboats were sloop-rigged vessels, averaging * 95 tons, and mounted each a long 32, and a 4 pounder on traversing carriages, with a complement of 35 men, the exact number found on board the prize,
U83, Each gun-boat and block-vessel was commanded by
ComInodore Decatur sails from NewYork.
an experienced merchant-master; and the whole
flotilla by master-commandant Samuel Angus, of
*** man was hurt on the occasion. Commodore Decatur
soon afterwards anchored under Fisher's island, near
the entrance of New-London river, to be ready for 1813, - \--" a start the first opportunity. June. On the 1st of June, very early in the morning, the weighs american squadron got under way and stood out to . sea; but at 9 A.M., just as they were clearing the backby Sound, the ships were discovered by the british ..." 74-gun ship Valiant, captain Robert Dudley Oliver, Acasts. and 18-pounder 40-gun frigate Acasta, captain Alexander Robert Kerr. The two british ships gave chase, and the three american ships put back; both parties hauling to the wind under all sail. At about 1 h. 30 m. P. M. the american squadron bore up for New-London; and the United-States and Hornet, being too deep for their trim, started their water and threw o a part of their provisions. At 2 h. 15 m. P. M., being far ahead of the Valiant, and just within gun-shot of the UnitedStates, the Acasta fired a bow-chaser at the latter, just as the Macedonian was rounding New-London Amerilighthouse. The United-States returned the shot. with one from her stern. Instead, however, of bringing ..." to and trying to cut off the british frigate from her hors consort, as many of the spectators on shore expected ..." to see done, commodore Decatur stood on, and an-don, chored with his squadron in the river. Having out. shortened sail, the Acasta hauled to the wind, and Oliver tacked, and soon afterwards, along with the Valiant, dia. anchored off Gardner's island, distant about 12 miles * from New-London. 1Sland. Having no persons on board acquainted with the Practinavigation of the Sound, the british ships, particu-.” larly the 74, chased with much less effect than they stroyotherwise would. It was not, of course, known to ...ricaptain Oliver, that he might even have followed on the american squadron into New-London; and that, ". had the United-States and her companions ascended river. the river beyond his reach, he might, with very little risk, there being no battery of any consequence,
have placed the Valiant and Acasta against the