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Lieutenant Hawkins detached one of the cutters, 1812. under master’s mate James Crisp, to disperse some ‘no’ small-arm men collected on the shore, and, with the remaining three boats, proceeded for the creek in which the danish cutter lay. On the 2d, at 8 A. M., lieutenant Hawkins dis-Lieut. covered the vessel, which was the danish cutter of No. 97, of four 6-pounders, and 22 men, lying at ..." anchor in compony with the danish schooner No. 114, ories of six 6-pounders and 30 men, commanded by lieu-, in tenant Buderhors of the danish navy, the commodore, or and an american ship of 400 tons their prize. On ... the approach of the o boats, the danish vessels ner. presented their broadsides with springs on their cables, and were moored in a capital defensive position. The British, nevertheless, advanced to the attack, and at 9 A.M. received the fire of the Danes; whom, however, lieutenant Hawkins and his party, assisted towards the end by Mr. Crisp's boat, completely subdued, after a most sanguinary combat. The British lost in this affair lieutenant Syder, seven Losson seamen, and one marine killed, lieutenants Hawkins i. and Masters, assistant surgeon James Larans, (mor- tally,) the boatswain, (William Hughes,) one midshipman (Thomas Fowler, severely,) nine seamen, (one mortally,) and two marines wounded; total, nine killed and 16 wounded. The loss on the danish side was also very severe; amounting to 10 killed and 13 wounded, including the commanders of the schooner and the cutter severely, and some other officers. Both the British and the Danes fought in the bravest manner, and between them sustained a loss, for which the prizes were a poor compensation. As a reward for his gallantry, lieutenant Hawkins was made a commander in the ensuing December. On the 4th of July, at 6 P.M., Calais cliff bearing lieut. south by east distant four miles, the british gun-brig . Attack, lieutenant Richard William Simmonds, deton. observed a transport-galliot, a sloop, and a privateer ...; come out of Calais harbour and endeavour to run the WOL, WI. G

1812.

July.

Attack after a privateer.

Mr. Couney boards a galliot in tow of privateer and brings her off.

Attack is attacked b inish gunboats.

alongshore. Knowing that the least manifestation
of a pursuit would induce the vessels to put back
or run themselves on shore, lieutenant Simmonds
made sail to-windward, in the hope to decoy the
vessels far enough from the french coast to enable
him to cut them off. Having proceeded to a suffi-
cient distance, the Attack detached the gig, with
six men, commanded by Mr. Couney, the second
master.
At midnight, when within half gun-shot of the
french shore, the gig discovered the galliot in tow
of the privateer. Undaunted by the inequality of
force, and regardless of a galling fire of musketry,
Mr. Couney boarded the transport on one side, as a
detachment from the privateer did on the other;
but, as soon as Mr. Couney had killed one of their
men, the Frenchmen retreated to their vessel and
sheered off, leaving the seven British in possession
of the prize. The situation of Mr. Couney and his
six men was extremely critical even after he had
recaptured the galliot; for, independent of the
fire of the privateer's musketry, the vessel was
exposed to a continued fire of round and grape from
the french batteries; nor could the Attack, on
account of the calm state of the weather, approach
to cooperate with her gig's crew in this very gallant
little exploit. Fortunately neither Mr. Couney,
nor one of his six men, was hurt on the occasion.
On the 16th of August, at 11 P.M., Foreness in
the Cattegat bearing west-north-west distant six
or seven miles, the Attack observed two vessels
approaching supposed to be gun-vessels. The brig
immediately cleared for action, and in about 20
minutes, when nearly becalmed, was attacked by a
division of danish gun-boats, supposed, in the dark-
ness that prevailed, to be 10 or 12 in number. The
engagement continued until 1 h. 40 m. A. M. on the
19th, when the gun-boats ceased firing. A light
breeze springing up, the Attack set all sail and got
out her sweeps, in the hope to be able to join

the Wrangler gun-brig, lieutenant John Campbell 813. Crawford, whom another division of gun-boats had To: also been attacking. But, owing to a strong southeast current and a total cessation of the breeze, lieutenant Simmonds could not succeed. Shortly afterwards the Wrangler entirely disappeared. The Attack had already had her main boom shot. away, her foremast and bowsprit badly wounded, so two guns dismounted, a great number of shot-B” holes between wind and water, and her sails and rigging cut to pieces. At 2 h. 10 m. A. M., while E. the british gun-brig, with only 49 men on board, * was employed in refitting herself, 14 danish gun; tı. vessels, each armed with two long 24-pounders and . two howitzers, and with from 65 to 70 men, besides on four large row-boats carrying swivels and howitzers, i. surformed in a crescent, within pistol-shot, upon her * larboard beam, bow, and quarter, and commenced a heavy fire of round, grape, and grenades. The Attack immediately returned the fire, and continued defending herself until 3 h. 20 m. A. M.; when, being a complete wreck and in a sinking state, the british brig hauled down her colours, with two seamen killed, and 12 wounded. The Danes were honourable enough to pay a high compliment to lieutenant Simmonds for his gallant defence of the Attack; and, at the court-martial subsequently held upon him and his officers for the loss of their brig, the most honourable acquittal was pronounced. On the 4th of June, in the night, captain the solo honourable Duncombe Pleydell Bouverie, of the ot 18-pounder 32-gun frigate Medusa, sent the boats. of the frigate, under the orders of lieutenant Josiah ... ." Thompson, to cut out the french store-ship, Dorade, ... of 14 guns and 86 men, commanded by a lieutenant son. de vaisseau, lying at an anchor in the harbour of Arcasson. In spite of the rapidity of the tide and the intricacy of the navigation, and although discovered and hailed before they arrived within musket-shot, the boats succeeded in getting along

1812. side the ship. The Frenchmen were found at their
... quarters, and perfectly prepared to defend their
Ion vessel; but nothing could resist the impetuosity of
To lieutenant Thompson and his men, who rushed on
i.i. board and carried the Dorade after a desperate
* struggle in which the whole of her crew, except
Jories 23 men, were either killed or compelled to jump
}...m. overboard: among the latter was the french com-
mander, severely wounded. * |
The ship had on board a full cargo of ship-timber,
and had been since April, 1811, watching an oppor-
The tunity to escape. At daylight on the 5th the prize.
:..d was got under way; but, after proceeding about a
;: league down the harbour, the ship grounded on a
jo sandbank. As the tide was then running out with
.." great violence, lieutenant Thompson was obliged,
after taking out the wounded of her crew, to set
the Dorade on fire; and the ship soon afterwards
blew up. This done, the boats returned to the
Medusa, having sustained, in performing their gal-
lant exploit, no greater loss than five men wounded.
Re- Here is another of the abstracted cases. How
marks • - - e 3.
... justly proud might every lieutenant, master's mate,
case, and midshipman have been who assisted in capturing
the Dorade; and yet not one is named except
the officer who commanded the party. “Captain
Bouverie,” says the abstract, “highly commends the
conduct of lieutenant Thompson and the other
officers and men employed on this occasion.” To
“ the other officers,” this recommendation could be
of no avail, as they were not named; not at least in
the Gazette, the only record preserved. And, even
had they been named, what could they expect, when
their commanding officer, he who so gallantly led
them up the side of the enemy's ship, bears still
the same rank he bore then 2
The manner in which the british 74-gun ship
Magnificent, captain John Hayes, on the night of the
16th of December in the present year, was saved in

a gale of wind on the coast of France is so extra

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ordinary, and at the same time so creditable to the 1813.
nautical skill and presence of mind of her captain, -
and to the expertness, alacrity, and good discipline
of british seamen, that we shall be doing, not merely
an act of justice to the officers and crew of the
Magnificent, but a service to the whole profession, *
by giving all the publicity in our power to an account joi

of the circumstance, which has already appeared in o eing

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“The ship was anchored in the evening between
the reef of Chasseron, and the reef of Isle de Ré,
nearly mid-channel, in 16 fathoms' water, in the
entrance to Basque road; the courses reefed, top-
sails close reefed, and top-gallant-yards got down.
At 8 o’clock, the weather appearing suspicious, and
the wind beginning to blow, the top-gallant-masts
were got down on deck: at half-past, it came on
squally, and the cable was veered to a cable and a
half. At 9, the ship was found to be driving, and in
Only 11 fathoms' water; the small bower was instantly
let go, which brought her up in 10 fathoms. Yards
and topmasts were immediately struck, as close
down as they could be got. The moon was not to
be seen, yet it was not a dark night: it just gave
sufficient light to show us our dangerous situation;
the sea breaking on the reef, with great violence,
about a quarter of a mile astern, and on the star-
board quarter. As soon as the topmasts were down,
Orders were given to heave in upon the best bower,
which appeared to be slack, as though the anchor
had broken. Three quarters of a cable were got
in, when the stock appearing to catch a rock, it held
fast: service of course was put in the wake of the
hawse, and the cable secured. The inner cable of
the best bower was unspliced, and bent to the spare
anchor ; and a lead-man was kept in the chains to
heave the lead, the same as though the ship had
been under way, in addition to the deep-sea lead,
attended at the gangway by a quarter master, when
it was discovered by the man in the chains, that

ed by captain Hayes.

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