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these hauled so very close round the poiht, following 1812. the direction of the coast to the eastward of it, that M.' captain Hotham, being ignorant of the depth of water Northso near the shore, did not think it practicable, con- or. sistent with the safety of the Northumberland, whose. draught of water was nearly 25 feet,to lay the leading.” frigate aboard, as had been his intention. The on Northumberland therefore bore up, and, steering. parallel to the french squadron, at the distance of about 400 yards, opened her broadside; receiving in return, as well from the two frigates, as from three batteries on the coast, a very animated and well-directed fire. Captain Hotham's object now being to prevent the Northfrench frigates from hauling outside the dry rock ...” Graul, the Northumberland had not only to steer drives sufficiently near to that rock, to leave her opponents ... no room to pass between it and her, but to avoid and running on it herself: a most difficult and anxious." duty, the clouds of smoke, as they drifted ahead of the ship, totally obscuring the rock from view. However, by the care and attention of Mr. Hugh Stewart, the master, the Northumberland passed the rock, within the distance of her own length, on the south-west side, in a quarter less than seven fathoms' water; and the two french frigates and brig, as their only alternative, were obliged to steer inside of it. Here there was not water enough to float them; and at 3 h. 45 m. P. M. the two frigates, and in five minutes afterwards the brig, grounded, under every sail, upon the ridge of rocks extending from the Graul to the shore. The Arienne lay nearest to the main land; the o, Mamelouck in a tranverse direction upon that fri-ji. gate's starboard bow, and the Andromaque ahead of, ol and considerably without, both her consorts. Having, `" in the course of a 21 minutes' cannonade, had her sails and rigging considerably damaged, the Northumberland now left the two frigates and brig to the effects of the falling tide, it being then one quarter ebb, and

1812, hauled off to repair her rigging and shift her fore
‘No’ topsail, which had been rendered entirely useless.
At 4 h. 22 m. P. M., having repaired her principal
damages, the Northumberland tacked, and began
working up, against a fresh west-north-west wind,
to engage the enemy again, and avoid falling to-
leeward of the Graul. At 4 h. 48 m. the Mamelouck
cut away her mainmast by the board; and just then
Grow. the Growler was seen rounding the south-east end of
o, Groix under a press of sail. At 5 P.M. the Growler
j, joined, and opened an occasional fire upon the
herfire grounded vessels, all of which had by this time
fallen over upon the larboard side, or that nearest
the shore. At 5 h. 23 m. P. M. the mainmast of the
... Arienne went by the board. At 5 h. 28 m. P. M. the
ind Northumberland anchored in six and a half fathoms’
... water, Pointe de Pierre-Laye bearing north-west
half-north, the citadel of Port-Louis north-west three-
quarters, north, and the Graul rock north half-east
400 yards distant; having, by means of a spring,
brought her broadside to bear, at point-blank range,
upon the two french frigates and brig, lying in the
position already described, with their copper exposed
to view.
. . At 5 h. 34 m. P.M. the Northumberland opened her
mences starboard broadside, receiving in return a fire from
* three or four guns of the Andromaque, and a heavy
fire from three batteries on the main; but of which
batteries one only, in the judicious station captain
Hotham had chosen, was able to reach the ship. At
5 h. 55 m. the Andromaque caught fire in the fore
top. At 6 P.M. the flames were spreading fast: her
fore topmast then fell, and several boats began pulling
from the ship to the shore. At 6 h, 45 m. the main
and mizen masts of the Andromaque went by the
board. Having kept up a deliberate and careful fire
until 6 h. 49 m. P. M., which was near the time of
weighs low water, and observing the visible effects of it to
i. be, that the crews had quitted their vessels, that

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shot so low down as to ensure their filling on the 1812. rising tide, and that the hull of the Andromaque was o already in flames, the Northumberland got under way, and stood out of gun-shot of the nearest battery. The fire from this single battery had done the DaNorthumberland as much injury in the hull, as all .

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the ships and batteries, she had previously been ..." exposed. Her loss, in consequence, amounted to four seamen and one marine killed, one lieutenant, (William Fletcher,) three petty officers, 19 seamen, and five marines wounded; of whom four were wounded dangerously and 10 severely. The Growler, who, when the Northumberland ceased firing, had stood in and opened her fire upon the Arienne and Mamelouck, to prevent their crews from returning on board, suffered neither damage nor loss. At about 8 P.M. the Andromaque blew up, with an The awful explosion, leaving no remains of her visible. ...a At 8 h. 10 m. P. M. the Northumberland anchored out frigates of reach of the batteries on both sides, although a . battery on the isle of Groix continued throwing blow shells. At about 9 P.M. a seaman belonging to a " portuguese vessel, which had been taken by the french squadron, having jumped overboard from the Andromaque just before she blew up, swam on board the Northumberland. At 10 P.M. the Arienne was seen to be on fire; and at 11 h. 30 m. P. M. the flames burst forth from the ports and other parts of the hull, with unextinguishable fury. The Mamelouck was at this time on her beam ends, with her bottom completely riddled. Nothing further remaining to be done, the Northumberland, at about 30 minutes past midnight, got under way, with a light air from the northward, and, accompanied by the Growler, stood out to sea. Being retarded in her progress by the calm state of the weather, the Northumberland, at 2h. 30 m.A.M. on the 23d, witnessed the explosion of

the Arienne; and, before the day was over, a third

1812, fire and explosion announced, that the Mamelouck
‘o had ended her career in a similar manner.
Their A mortified spectator of this gallant achievement,
... by which two french 40-gun frigates and a 16-gun
to brig were driven on shore and destroyed, under the
... fire of at least one heavy french battery, by a british
from 74 and gun-brig, lay a fine french two-decker, with
*sails bent and topgallant yards across, in the har-
bour of Lorient. Mortified, indeed ; for, in the state
of the wind, the commanding officer of the port
could do no more than send boats to assist in remov-
ing the crews of the wrecks. With upwards of 900
men including soldiers on board, what was to hinder
these two frigates and brig, when all hopes of escape
by running had vanished, from boarding a ship having
a crew of about 600 men? Even had the attempt failed,
itis not probable that more than one frigate would have
been captured: the other, in the confusion, along
with the brig, might have reached Lorient; and cer-
tainly the loss of men would not have been by any
means so great as, although we cannot enumerate it,
was sustained by the grounded vessels, both from
the fire of the Northumberland and Growler, and
from the hurried endeavours of the panic-struck to
reach the shore.
* . The two french frigates and brig, thus effectually
count, destroyed, had themselves destroyed 36 vessels of
:* different nations, and had taken the most valuable part
vious of their cargoes on board. The frigates, in conse-
*... quence, were very deep; but, had they drawn no
ings, more than their usual water, they still could not have
passed clear, as is evident from the brig groundin
so close to them. We are happy to be able to state,
that lieutenant Weeks of the Growler, and lieutenant
John Banks, first of the Northumberland, were each
promoted to the rank of commander, for the part he
had performed in captain Hotham's exploit.
On the 3d of July, in the afternoon, the british
16-gun brig-sloop Raven, captain George Gustavus
Lennock, while hauling over the Droograan, observed

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14 brigs, of the french flotilla out of the Scheldt, 1812; exercising to-leeward of the Weiling. Thinking it jo. practicable to cut off some of them, captain Lennock Raven stood into the Weiling, and at 6 h. 15 m. P.M. began * firing occasionally at the flotilla in passing. The french wind blowing strong on the shore, the superior ; sailing and working of the Raven enabled her to and overtake seven of the brigs; four of which she . compelled to anchor close to the surf under the on batteries. The remaining three the Raven drove” on shore; and at daylight the next morning they were still lying on the beach, apparently bilged, with the sea beating over them. Only one shot struck the Raven, and that did not hurt any one. This dashing little service was performed in sight of the french fleet lying at Flushing; and it must have greatly mortified the french admiral and his captains to see 14 of his brigs, armed each with three or four long 24-pounders, unable, or rather unwilling, to prevent three of their number from being driven on shore by a single british brig, mounting fourteen 24-pounder carronades. On the 21st of July, as the british schooner; Sealark, of ten 12-pounder carronades and 60 menoes and boys, lieutenant Thomas Warrand, was cruising ..., off the Start, a signal was made from the shore of an o: enemy in the south-east quarter. The Sealark im- * mediately made all sail in the direction pointed out, and after a three, hours' run discovered a large lugger, under english colours, chasing and firing at two ships, apparently west-indiamen, standing up Channel. As soon as the lugger, which was the Wille-de-Caen, of St.-Maloes, mounting 16 long 4 or 6 pounders, with a crew of 75 men, commanded by M. Cochet, discovered that the schooner approach. ing her was a cruiser, she quitted the merchantmen and altered her course to starboard, under all possible sail. Finding the Sealark gaining on her, the lugger shortened sail, and wore repeatedly to get to-windward of the schooner.

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