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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
out" the bottoms of the latter were pierced through with
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
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.