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wlosach's a capletely
1811, have been a little shy, what had the frigate done
when they had every topgallantmast standing. The
Although the account of this action, given by our mands contemporary, partakes largely of the inaccuracies
that pervade all his accounts of proceedings in the and is vicinity of the isles of France and Bourbon, captain
Brenton has, we are assured, stated one fact correctly.
Captain Losack, on his return to England, demanded a court-martial, which the lords commissioners of the admiralty, judging no doubt from the log-books, did not think proper to grant, and informed captain Losack, that they were satisfied with his conduct.”* But in a case like this, in which the courage of a naval officer is publicly impugned, the approbation, if it amounts to that, of the lords commissioners of the admiralty is of very little value: the opinion of the profession at large, that by which alone the character of the officer is to stand or fall, is not moved a jot by it. We think, with submission, that the board of admiralty should not have refused
or not ha in which the
* Brenton, vol. iv. p. 561.
eaptain Losack's application. A court-martial would 1811, have completely settled the point; and, admitting Aug. that the captain, as the director of the movements of the ship, was the responsible party, why did not the first lieutenant, on behalf of the remaining officers and crew of the Galatea, as was done in the instance of the Uranie, * apply to have captain Losack brought to trial? In a case like this, no efforts should be spared to get redress; and, had redress been zealously and pertinaciously sought by captain Losack, we cannot think but that he would have eventually obtained it.
It was not during many months that the captain of the Clorinde was allowed to enjoy the ease and comfort, the good cheer and safe quarters, of a home-port. Capt. On the 13th and five succeeding days of March, Cricq 1812, captain Saint-Cricq was tried' by a court dismiss martial, for not having done all in his power in the french action in which the Renommée had been captured ; for having separated from his commodore in the conheat of the battle, when he ought to have closed him, &c.; and for having omitted to proceed to action. Java, as prescribed by his instructions "dated December 22, 1810, in case of inability to enter the Isle of France. Upon these charges the french captain was found guilty, and sentenced to be dismissed the service, degraded from the legion of honour, and imprisoned for three years.
The Néréide and Renommée, being both new frigates, and the first a particularly fine one, were added to the class of british 38s; the Néréide, under the name of Madagascar, and the Renommée, under that of Java. Lieutenants John Baldwin and George Scott, first of the Astrea and Phoebe, were each deservedly promoted to the rank of commander; but lieutenant Thomas Bevis, the first of the Galatea, and who was wounded in the action, still remains a lieutenant. This, surely, is an extension of the
service for his
duct in this
* Şee vol. iv, p. 491.
1811. blasting effects of the charge against the Galatea April. never contemplated by its author.
12 expectati teligence.
Java sails from Madras,
COLONIAL EXPEDITIONS.-EAST INDIES.
the conquest of the dutch island of Java having, against under the personal directions of captain Christopher
Cole of the 36-gun frigate Caroline, by the express
and on the 1st of June arrived at Malacca, the second Joined rendezvous. Here the expedition was joined by a by
division of troops from Bengal, and by lieutenant
general sir Samuel Auchmuty, and commodore Brough- William Robert Broughton of the Illustrious 74, the
military and naval commanders in chief. The whole
On the 11th of June the fleet, leaving behind the
1200 sick, sailed from Malacca, and in a few days ca and entered the straits of Sincapore. Having cleared
these, and passed Timbalan and a number of other Boom- islands, the expedition arrived on the 3d of July at
the High Islands, which had been appointed the
a Phibbs, a
Sails from Malac
ward to co paling a shar peace
the crew the shore is
of Borneo, the fourth and last point of rendezvous. 1811, Quitting Sambar on the following day, the 21st, the May. feet arrived on the 30th off Boompies island, which lies nearly abreast of Indramayo river on the Java coast. Here the two commanders in chief waited awhile, in expectation of being joined by some frigates with intelligence.
We will take this opportunity of narrating two or three creditable little affairs, that occurred on the Java coast, while the expedition was on its way from Madras and waiting off Boompies island. On the 23d of May, at daylight, the british 12-pounder 32- Frangun frigate Sir-Francis-Drake, captain George Harris, cisbeing about 13 miles to the north-east of the port of Rembang, island of Java, on her way to Sourabaya, afla of discovered, lying at anchor about three miles nearer dutch to the shore, a flotilla of dutch gun-vessels, consist-guning of 14, nine of them felucca, and the remaining and four prow, rigged. On seeing the frigate, the gun- tapes vessels weighed and stood for Rembang, but were so five. closely pressed, that by 7 A. M. three or four broadsides
brought five of the feluccas to an anchor under the Drake's guns, and they were immediately taken possession of. The others, finding themselves cut off from their port, furled sails, and pulled up in the wind's eye directly for the shore.
Shoaling his water considerably, captain Harris Dedespatched lieutenants James Bradley and Edward tract Brown Addis, lieutenant of marines George Roch, boats midshipmen George Greaves, John Horton, and Matthew Phibbs, also lieutenant Knowles, Mr. Gill. tures man, and 12 privates of the 14th regiment of foot, in others. four six-oared cutters and a gig, to board the gunvessels; the Drake keeping under way, and working to-windward, to cover the boats. By 8 A. M., notwithstanding a sharp fire of grape from several pieces of ordnance, lieutenant Bradley and his party, without the loss of aman, made prizes of the remaining nine vessels, the crews of which leaped overboard or fled to the shore in their boats just as the British were
attack upon Port Mar
1811. ready to spring on board. The gun-boats had only
been launched 15 days, and were large vessels mea-
Sourabaya to be fully armed and equipped.
ward Pellew had proved that Batavia and Sourabaya
anchorages, the harbour of Marrack, rack. situated about 74 miles to the westward of Batavia,
was the only spot to which the french frigates, daily
this fort with the boats of the Leda and
tenant Edmund Lyons, of the Minden, who had dutche previously reconnoitred the fort, was, at his particular in the request, to lead the party. A few hours before vicini. the boats were to push off from the Minden, intelcasions ligence reached captain Hoare, of the arrival of a plan to battalion of dutch troops at the barracks situated aban- about half a mile in the rear of the fort. Under these
circumstances, the attack was deemed too hazardous, Hoare and the Leda's boats returned to their ship.
On the 25th of July captain Hoare, by captain Lyons Sayer's direction, detached lieutenant Lyons with the
Minden’s launch and cutter, containing 19 prisoners, boats with orders to land them at Batavia; and, while there
its crew: 0 alurce of 450 e service; bu zacho, about
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