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1814. and 30 seamen killed, and 50 officers and men o' wounded, including her gallant commander. The Venerable's loss consisted of two seamen killed and four wounded. During the time that had thus elapsed, and the additional time required to shift the prisoners and repair the trifling injury done to the 74's rigging by ... the frigate's attempt to board, the Cyane and Jason prize had gone in chase of the Alcméne's fugitive consort. ... At 10 P.M. the little Jason, having outrun the Cyane Iphi in the chase, commenced firing at the Iphigénie with * her two guns, both of which lieutenant Moffat had now got on the brig's larboard side. Such was the slow sailing of the Iphigénie, or the unskilfulness of those that manoeuvred her, that at 45 minutes past midnight the Cyane got near enough to open a fire from her bow guns, and received in return a fire from the frigate's stern-chasers, which cut her rigging and sails a good deal. At 4 h. 30 m. A. M. on the 17th the Cyane gallantly fired three broadsides at the french frigate, but soon found the latter too heavy for her and dropped astern. At 5 h. 45 m, A. M. captain Forrest despatched the brig in search of the admiral, and continued his pursuit of the Iphigénie; who shortly afterwards hauled close to the wind on the larboard tack, and fired three broadsides at the Cyane, nearly all the shot of which, fortunately for the latter, either went over her masts or between them. At 9 A. M. the Iphigénie bore up and steered south-west, still followed by the Cyane. yo. The chase thus continued, the latter losing sight join occasionally and again recovering it, during the ... remainder of the 17th, and the whole of the 18th and and 19th. In the evening of the latter day the Cyane ... dropped astern; but the Venerable was now fast Iphi coming up, and, at daylight on the 20th, was within ** two miles of the french frigate. The Venerable, from whose mast-head the Cyane was now not to be
seen, presently opened a fire from her bow guns,
and received in return a fire from the stern and 1814.
convoy to take care of themselves.
At 10 h. 30 m. A. M. the Severn commenced firing." her stern-chasers at the leading enemy's frigate, ; and at noon lost sight of her convoy steering to the * westward. At 4h. 5 m. P. M. the headmost french
frigate, the Etoile, hoisting her colours and broad
1814; pendant, began firing her bow guns. A running J. fight now ensued, which, without doing the slightest injury to the Severn, lasted until 5 h. 30 m. P. M.; when the Etoile, then distant less than two miles, French (the Sultane astern of her about one,) ceased firing. * The chase continued all night, rather to the advango. tage of the Severn. At 8 A.M. on the 19th the two * french frigates gave up the pursuit, and hauled to the wind on the starboard tack. Anchor . The Etoile and Sultane afterwards proceeded to *... the Cape de Verds, and anchored in the port of * English-Harbour, island of Mayo. On the 23d of * January, at about 9.h. 55 m. A. M., the two british disco- 18-pounder 36-gun frigates Creole, captain George 3.cle Charles Mackenzie, and Astrea, captain John Eveand leigh, rounding the south-east end of Mayo on their * way from the neighbouring island of Fort-aventura, with the wind at north-east, blowing fresh, discovered over a point of land the mast-heads of the two french frigates, and of two merchant ships, one brigantine, and one schooner, lying in their company. At 10 h. 15 m. the two british frigates, having cleared the point, wore and hauled to the wind on the larboard tack, under their topsails. On a supposition that the strangers, whose hulls were now plainly visible, were portuguese or spanish frigates, the Creole hoisted the portuguese, and the Astrea, by signal from her, the spanish, private signals. No answer being returned, the strange frigates were considered to be enemies; and at 11 h. 30 m. A. M. the Creole and Astrea wore and made sail for the anchorage in which they lay. Get At noon, when the two british frigates were about .* a mile distant from them, the Etoile and Sultane,
ão having previously hoisted their topsail yards to the i. i. mast-head, cut or slipped, and made sail free on the
oil. larboard tack, with a strong wind still from the igates, north-east. The two former now set topgallantsails
in chase; and the Astrea, owing to a gust of wind
suddenly striking her, had the misfortune to split 1814. all three topsails, the mizen topsail very badly, to Go." replace which a fresh sail was soon got into the top. creole At about 30 minutes past noon the south-west end;" of the island of Mayo bore from the Creole, the ... at leading british frigate, east-north-east distant four Sultane miles. In another quarter of an hour the Creole, both british frigates having previously hoisted their colours, fired a shot ahead of the sternmost french ship, the Sultane, then on the former's lee or starboard bow. The two french frigates immediately hoisted their colours. The Creole continued firing her bow guns occasionally at the Sultane until 1 P. M.; when the former discharged a few of her larboard guns, and then, as she ranged up on the Sultane's lee beam, received the french ship's first broadside. . The Astrea also opened her fire in crossing the Astrea stern of the Sultane, and then gallantly passed}. between the latter and the Creole, just as the two canships had exchanged the fourth broadside. After." giving and receiving two broadsides within pistol-soaks shot, the Astrea, at 2h. 15 m. P. M., stood on to * engage the Etoile, then about half a mile ahead of her consort, with her mizen topsail aback. Having extinguished a fire that had caught in the foretopmast staysail and mizen chains, the Creole, at 2h. 30 m., recommenced the action with the Sultane, and presently shot away her mizenmast. About this time the wadding from the french ship's guns again set the Creole on fire, in the forecastle hammocks and on the booms. The flames were again extinguished, and the action continued for nearly Creole half an hour longer; making about two hours from . its commencement. Having now had every brace the and bowline, tack, and sheet shot away, her main “” stay and several of her shrouds cut through, her three masts, particularly her foremast, badly wounded, the Creole put her helm a-lee, and, steering to the
1814, north-west in the direction of the island of St.-Jago, o, abandoned the contest. Astrea . It took the Astrea, when, at 2h, 15 m., she had inclose quitted the Sultane, until 2 h. 30 m. before she got †" alongside of the Etoile to-leeward. After an ex*ile change of broadsides, the Astrea, having from the great way upon her ranged too far ahead, luffed up and raked the Etoile on her starboard bow. The Astrea, just at this moment losing her wheel, fell round off; and the Etoile, wearing, passed close astern of her, separating her from the boat she was towing, and poured in a most destructive raking fire ; which cut the Astrea's lower rigging to pieces, shot away both deck-transoms and four quarterdeck beams, burst a carronade, and ripped up the quarterdeck in all directions. Backing round, the Astrea soon got her starboard guns to bear; and the two frigates, each with a fresh side opposed to the other, recomDeath, menced the action, yard-arm and yard-arm. In a few #:* minutes captain Eveleigh fell, mortally wounded by a leigh. pistol-shot just below the heart, and was carried below. The command now devolved upon lieutenant John Bulford; and the engagement between the Astrea and Etoile continued in this close position, with mutual animation, although it was no cheering. sight to the Astrea, at about 3 P. M., to observe her consort on the starboard tack, apparently a beaten ship, and the Etoile's consort approaching to double the force against herself. At 3 h. 5 m. P. M. the topsail, which lay in the Astrea’s mizen top * to replace the split one, caught fire, but the flames oach were soon extinguished. Seeing the near approach ... of the Sultane, the Astrea would have boarded the consort Etoile, and endeavoured to decide the contest that *... way; but the motion of the ships was too great, and away the british frigate could only continue to keep her *" antagonist under her guns to-leeward. At 3 h. 30 m. the Sultane, as she passed to-leeward, raked the
Astrea, and did her considerable damage. In five