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76 LIGHT SQUADRONS AND SINGLE SHIPS.

1812. Fearing the lugger might succeed and thereby
‘....' effect her escape, lieutenant Warrand gallantly ran
nois the Wille-de-Caen on board, between her fore and
and main chains. A close and furious engagement now
i.” commenced, both with great guns and musketry, the
Ville- privateer's men using a profusion of hand grenades
3.n to set the schooner on fire: instead of which, how-
ever, the lugger set herself on fire. Seeing this,
Mr. James Beaver, the Sealark's acting master, at
the head of a few men, sprang on board, and almost
instantly carried, the Ville-de-Caen, after an action,
nearly the whole time sides touching, of one hour
and 30 minutes. -
... on The Sealark had her captain's clerk, (John Purnel,)

each - e
side, five seamen, and one marine killed, her commander,
one midshipman, (Alexander Gunn,) 17 seamen, and
three marines wounded: a very serious loss, it must
be owned, especially as several of the wounds were
dangerous. #. loss on the part of the Ville-de-
Caen amounted to her captain and 14 men found dead
on her deck, and 16 wounded, most of them severely.
The gallantry of this little action obtained for the
Sealark’s commander that reward, the prospect of
which is a never-failing stimulant to deeds of valour,
promotion. The case of captain Palmer of the
Alacrity* may seem to militate against this prin-
ciple; but, if we are rightly informed, and we see
no reason to doubt our authority, he had his post-
captain's appointment in his pocket when he began-
the action with the Abeille. -
$on On the 6th of July, in the evening, as the british
ão 64-gun ship Dictator, captain James Patteson Stewart,
.." accompanied by the brig-sloops Calypso, 18, captain
... Henry Weir, and Podargus, 14, captain William
.*Robilliard, and gun-brig Flamer, lieutenant Thomas
of England, was off Mardoe on the Norway coast, the
* mast-heads of several vessels were seen over the

rocks, known to be a danish squadron, consisting of

* See vol. v. p. 535.

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the new 40-gun frigate Nayaden, carrying 24-pounders 813.
on the main deck, and 48 guns in all, and the 18-gun ‘T.’
brigs Laaland, Samsoe, and Kiel. Having a man on
board the Podargus acquainted with the place, captain
Robilliard volunteered to lead in after the enemy;
but the Podargus unfortunately took the ground,
just as she had entered the passage. Leaving the
Flamer to attend her, captain Stewart stood on with
the 64 and the remaining brig. By 7 h. 30 m. P.M.
the two vessels, the Calypso leading, had arrived
within a mile of the danish frigate and her consorts,
then running, under a press of sail, inside the rocks.
Shortly afterwards the engagement began between
the danish squadron and several gun-boats on one
side, and the Dictator and Calypso, which latter,
having grounded for a short time, was now astern of
her consort, on the other. At 9 h. 30 m. P.M., after
having run 12 miles through a passage, in some
places scarcely wide enough to admit the Dictator's
studding-sail booms to be out, Captain Stewart had
the satisfaction to run his ship with her bow upon
the shore, and her broadside bearing, within hailing
distance, upon the danish frigate and three brigs, all .
of whom had anchored close together, with springs
on their cables, in the small creek of Lyngoe.
The Calypso closely followed the Dictator; and such A.
was the well-directed fire opened from the two british §.
vessels, especially from the 64, that the Nayaden, and
according to the british official account, was “lite-ju,
rally battered to atoms,” the three brigs compelled .
to haul down their colours, and such of the gun-boats, them
as were not sunk, to seek their safety in flight. ...
Scarcely had the action ended, and the Dictator got &c.”
afloat, than the gun-boats rallied; but the latter were
so warmly attacked by the Calypso, that they soon
ceased their annoyance. Meanwhile the Podargus
and Flamer, which latter had also grounded, were
warmly engaged with the shore-batteries and another
division of gun-boats. At length, by the indefati-
gable exertions of their respective officers and crews,

1812, both the Podargus and Flamer got afloat, very much cut
‘no- up. At 3 A.M. on the 7th the Dictator, Calypso, and
the two prize-brigs, the Laaland, commanded by lieu-
tenant James Wilkie of the Dictator, and the Kiel, by
lieutenant Benjamin Hooper of the Calypso, in at-
tempting to get through the passages, were assailed
by a division of gun-boats from behind the rocks, so
situated that not a gun could be brought to bear upon
them from either vessel. In this attack, both prize-brigs,
already complete wrecks, grounded; and, notwith-
standing every exertion on the part of the lieutenants
and men placed in them, they were obliged to be
abandoned: that, too, without being set on fire, owing
to the wounded men of their crews remaining on board.
...” In this very bold and well-conducted enterprise,
side, the British sustained a loss as follows: Dictator,
three seamen, one marine, and one boy killed, one mid-
shipman, (John Sackett Hooper,) one captain's clerk,
(Thomas Farmer,) 16 seamen, two boys, and four
marines wounded; Podargus, her purser, (George
Garratt,) one first-class volunteer,(Thomas Robilliard,)
and six seamen and one marine wounded; Calypso,
, one seaman and two marines killed, one seaman
wounded, and two missing; and Flamer, one seaman
killed, and one midshipman (James Powell) wounded;
total, nine killed, 35 wounded, and two missing.
The Danes acknowledged a loss, in killed and
wounded together, of 300 officers and men. For
their gallant conduct on this occasion, captain Weir
was immediately, and captain Robilliard in the
ensuing December, promoted to post-rank, and the
Dictator’s first lieutenant, William Buchanan, was
made a commander.
... ... On the 19th of June the british 10-gun brig-sloop
vers a Briseis, captain John Ross, by the orders of rear-
... admiral Thomas Byam Martin, stood into Pillau
ship in roads in the Baltic, to communicate with the british
... merchant ship Urania, and found that she was in pos-
session of the french troops, and that they intended

to destroy her if the Briseis approached. Captain

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Ross accordingly tacked and stood off, and at mid-1812. night detached the pinnace, under the command of so lieutenant Thomas Jones, the 2d, with midshipman William Palmer and 18 men, to endeavour to recapture the ship. ... The instant she got within gun-shot of the ship, Her the pinnace was fired at by the French on board, . who had six carriage-guns and four swivels mounted...: But every oboacle was overcome by the gallantry i. of lieutenant Jones and his small party; who gave oil three cheers, boarded over the small-craft that were o, alongside, and drove the french troops off the decks * into their boats which were on the opposite side. herout. The cable was them cut, and the Urania was brought out, together with a french scout that had been employed in unlading her. In executing this dashing service, the British had one seaman killed, and Mr. Palmer and one seaman slightly wounded. On the 16th of July captain Timothy Clinch, of the capt. 18-gun ship-sloop Osprey, cruising in company with "." the 10-gun brig-sloops Britomart and Leveret, cap- o tains William Buckly Hunt and George Wickens . Willes, detached a boat from each, under the respec- * tive commands of lieutenants William Henry Dixon." of the Britomart, William Malone (2) of the Osprey “r. and Francis Darby Romney of the Leveret, in chase of a french lugger privateer about nine leagues to the north-west of the island of Heligoland. At 1 h. 30 m. P.M., when the three boats were about Leadfive leagues off, the lugger came to an anchor; but, i. shortly afterwards, on perceiving the boats, she got out under way and made sail. Lieutenant Dixon then oth cheered the boats, and sallied on until 3h. 30 m. P.M.; lugger. when the Britomart's boat, being ahead, opened her fire, at about musket-shot distance, and received from the lugger, after she had hoisted french colours, a fire in return, which wounded one man. The Osprey’s boat then closed; but lieutenant Dixon considered the lugger too powerful to be attempted without the

aid of the Leveret's boat, then about half a mile

1812. distant. As soon as the latter came abreast of
‘.... the two remaining boats, it was arranged that the
Britomart's boat should attack the larboard, the
Leveret's the starboard side, and the Osprey's the
stern, of the french lugger.
H. . The British then cheered and prepared for board.
...” ing. At this moment the oars of the Leveret's boat
one got foul of the Britomart's boat, and occasioned
fouy the former to drop astern. Lieutei.outs Dixon and
." Malone now grappled the lugger's stern, and, after

to, a 10 minutes’ obstinate struggle, made good their

* boarding. But it was not until after a i0 minutes'

further resistance on the lugger's deck, that her
colours were hauled down. Even then the french
crew continued firing pistols up the hatchway, and
wounded one or two of the British. These at length

silenced the enemy's fire, and hoisted the english

ensign. The lugger proved to be the Eole, of Dunkerque, pierced for 14 guns, but having only six mounted, with a crew on board of 31 officers and Their men. In this very spirited enterprise, the British ;... sustained a loss, in the two boats that made the casion. attack, of two set men killed, lieutenant Dixon (slightly) and 11 men wounded. Horatio On the 1st of August, as the british 38-gun frigate ... Horatio, captain lord George Stuart, was in latiboats tude 70° 40′ north, running down the coast of : Norway, a small sail was seen from the mast-head cutter, close in with the land; and which, just before she disappeared among the rocks, was discovered to be an armed cutter. Considering it an object of some importance to attempt the destruction of the enemy's cruisers in this quarter, lord George despatched the barge and three cutters of the Horatio, with about 80 officers and men, commanded by lieutenant Abraham Mills Hawkins, assisted by lieutenant Thomas James Poole Masters, and lieutenant of marines George Syder, to execute the service. Gaining information on shore, that the cutter had gone to a village on an

arm of the sea about 35 miles distant over land,

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