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Mate George Johnson, Alert.
I have the honour to be, &c.
C. HAWTAYNE, Captain.
Admiral Young, in the Island of Nordeney, the 3d August, 1811. No. 22, Guillanme Woutersz, Lieutenant de Vaissean, Commandant de Division,
of 1 long twelve-pounder and 2 six-pounders, Dutch metal, and twenty-five men. No. 21, Christian Smith, Lientenant de Vaissean, 1 long twelve-pounder and 2
eight-pounders, Dutch metal, and twenty-four men. No.31, Jan Dirk Schewe, Lieutenant de Vaisseau, 1 long twelve-pounder and 2
six-pounders, Dutch metal, and twenty-five men. No. 71, San Pieter Seiverda Munter, Enscigue de Vaissean, of 1 long twelvepounder and 2 six-pounders, Dutch metal, and twenty-four men. (Simped)
CHARLES HAWTAYNE. To William Young, Esq. Admiral of the White,
Commander in Chief.
P. S. The Dutch metal is much greater than the Euglish. A list of men killed and counded belonging to a squadron of his majesty's ships and vessels at Heligoland, in capturing four of the enemy's gun-boats, at Nordeney, the 3d August, 1811. Killed Quebec 1, Raven 1, Redbreast 1, Princess Augusta 1.-Total 4. Wounded.Quebec 5, Raven 8, Princess Augusta 1. Total 14.
Names of Officers and men killed and wounded.
Wounded.- Quebec.-George Newport, ordinary seaman; Jolin Fuller, ditto ; Benjamin Hawkins, ditto; Thomas Thompson, able seaman; Jolin Sparks, prirate marine.
Raven. --Samnel Slont, lieutenant; Richard Millett, midshipman; Dennis Mahany, landman ; Charles Furzey, boatswain's-mate ; William Wheatley, private marine ; Joli Bailey, volunteer ist class ; Charles Fenner, gunner's-mate ; Samuel Raynard, ordinary seaman. Princess Augusta.-Mr. Muggridge, mate. (Signed).
C. HAWTAYNE, Senior Officer, To William Young, Esq. Admiral of the White,
Commander in Chief.
Admiralty-Ofice, September 10, 1811. Copy of a letter from Captain Ferris, of his Majesty's slip Diana,
addressed to Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Williams, and transmitted by Sir Charles Cotton to John Wilson Croker, Esq.
SIR,- I have the honour to inform you, that while standing towards the Cordovan Light-house, in company with his Majesty's ship Semiramis, in the afternoon of the 24th instant, I discerned four sail inside of the shoals at the mouth of the river Gironde, under escort of a national brig of war. I meditated either their capture or destruction, which could only be accomplished by artifice and promptitude, without the sacrifice of many lives. Stratagem was used, which bad the desired effect, as they sent a vessel with pilots to our assistance, and I anchored after dark the two ships midway between the Cordovan
and Royan, under whose guns the brig had taken refuge, and close to the brig stationed for the protection of the several convoys-passing either way. I dispatched three boats, under the orders of Lieutenant Sparrow (Second), Lieutenant Roper (Third), and Mr. Holmes, Master'smate, from this ship, seconded by four boats, under the orders of Lieutenants Gardner, Grace, and Nicholson, and Mr. Reneau, Master's-mate, from the Semiramis, to capture or destroy the convoy then anchored up the river, about four miles distant, but the tide prevented their accomplishing it until late in the night, and at day-light, finding the captured vessels with the boats far up the river, beyond the two brigs, I determined to attack them with the ship, but not without using the same artifice as the preceding night, to prevent suspicion ; and so convinced were they of our being friends, that the Captain of the port, Monsieur Michel Auguste Dubourg, Capitaine de frégate, and commanding the in-shore brig, came on board to offer his services, and was not undeceived until he had ascended the quarterdeck. The Diana laid the outer brig on board, and Lieutenant Robert W. Parsons (First Lieutenant), Lieutenant Madden, First of the Royal Marines, and Mr. Mark G. Noble, Boatswain, headed about thirty seamen and marines (as many as could be spared by the absence of the boats), and succeeded in gaining possession of his Majesty's late gun-brig Teazer, mounting twelve eighteen-pound carronades, and two long eighteen-pounder guns, commanded by Monsieur Alex. Papineau, Lieutenant de vaisseau, with a complement of eighty-five men, and without loss on either side. It adds to the lustre these officers and men achieved, the humanity they displayed to the overpowered captives, in putting them below without the force of arms, and an unnecessary effusion of blood. It was at this time that an alarm was given, and the batteries opened their fire upon the ships, when Captain Richardson, in the Semiramis, in a manner which characterises the officer and seaman, pursued, drove on shore, and burnt, under the guns of the batteries, the French national brig le Pluvier, mounting 16 guns, and 136 men, whose Captain, I have before spoken of, was decoyed on board.
Having obtained to the utmost the object in view, I anchored in the Gironde, out of gun-shot, to repair the damages sustained by the different vessels, when I was rejoined by the boats and the captured convoy, a list of which I have the honour to inclose. The services I received from Captain Richardson, the officers, and ship's company of the Semiramis, merit my warmest acknowledgments, and I should be committing a great injustice to the officers and ship's company I command, were I not to speak in terms of the highest admiration for their steadiness and zeal throughout the whole affair. And could I add stronger encomiums to one more than another, it would be from the great assistance I received from Lieutenant R. W. Parsons, and Mr. David Bevans, the master, whose unremitted attention in piloting the ship in the most intricate navigation, greatly tended to insure the object of pursuit. I also inclose you a letter I received from Captain Charles Richardson, narrating his attack upon the brig, and inclosing
a list of wounded in the affray; and I regret to add, that I lost one man overboard, after the brig was in our full possession,
I have the honour to be, &c.
W. FERRIS, Captain. To Rear-Admiral, Sir Thomas Williams.
His Majesty's ship Semiramis, Royan Roads, Aug. 25, 1811. SIR,-I have the honour to report to you, that as soon as the Diana ran on board the enemy's outside brig, her consort, at anchor in-shore of her, immediately cut her cable, and made sail for the beach near the battery of Royan, where she grounded. I followed into five fathoms, anchoring with a spring—the broadside was brought to bear on the enemy's brig, and bow guns on the battery, within grape-shot of both.
After engaging some time, I found the guns of the enemy's vessel almost silenced, aud perceived the boats haul up to quit her.
At this time the barge, pinnace, and cutter rejoined me: I ordered Lieutenant Gardner with these boats immediately to board the enemy, which was gallantly effected, after receiving his broadside. She proved to be the French national brig Pluvier, of 16 guns, and 136 men, commanded, pro tempore, by Lieutenant Page de St. Waast.
The prize being fast on shore, the ebb tide running most rapidly, and my own ship in only 20 feet water, I found it necessary to take the remainder of her people out and burn her, which, when completely effected, I made all sail to join you.
I have but to add, in this little affair, my officers and ship's company behaved entirely to my satisfaction; and I feel much indebted to my First Lieutenant Gardner, Second Lieutenant Grace, and Mr. Reneau, Master's-mate, commanding the boats, for the handsome manner in which they ran alongside the enemy.
Lieutenant Taylor, of the Marines, and Mr. Brickwood, Purser, being the only officers on board, were of the greatest use; the former commanding the main-deck, the latter the quarter-deck guns.
I have the honour to be, &c.
C. RICHARDSON, Captain. To Captain William Ferris, of his Majesty's ship Diana.
P. S. Inclosed is the Surgeon's list of the wounded. List of wounded on board his Majesty's ship Semiramis, on the 25th of August 1811, in
action with the French national brig Pluvier, and batteries of Royan. • Mr. Thomas Gardner, Lieutenant. . Robert Annesley, Captain's-coxswain. Archibald M'Erving, ordinary seaman.
Alexander COCKBURN, Surgeon. A list of vessels captured and destroyed by his Majesty's ships Diana and Semiramis,
William Ferris and Charles Richardson, Esqrs. Captains, 25th Aug. 1811. French national brig Le Pluvier, of 16 guns, and 136 men, from Bourdeaux, burnt. French national brig Le Teaser, of 14 guns, and 85 men, from Rochfort with con
voy; taken. French galliot transport Le Mutet, of 8 swivels, and 42 men, from Rochfort bound
to Bourdeaux, laden with ship-timber; taken. French-Chasse-marée La Jeune Emelie, of 3 men, from Blygh, bound to L'Orient, laden with rosin; taken.
French sloop Fille Unique, of 3 men, from Bourdeaux bound to Rocbelle, lariep ..
with wood and tiles ; taken. French vessel La Générosité, of 5 men, from Rochfort bound to Bourdeaux, laden
with wine and soap; taken. French sloop Marie Anne, of 4 men, from Le Bourne bound to Oleron, in ballast;
taken. N. B. The Marie Anne has on board the cargoes of La Jeune Emelie and La Generosité.
Wm. Ferris, Captain.
Admiralty-Office, September 14, 1811. Copy of a letter from the Honourable Captain Perry, of his Majesty's
ship Hotspur, addressed to Captain Malcolm, of the Royal Oak, and transmitted by Admiral Sir Roger Curtis, to John Wilson Croker, Esq.
His Majesty's ship Hotspur, off Cherburgh, Sept. 9, 1811. Sir,-In obedience to your order of yesterday, I joined the Barbadoes and Goshawk, off Calvados, and deeming the destruction of the enemy's force (consisting of seven brigs, mounting three 24-pounders and a mortar each, and manned with seventy-five men) practicable, particularly as my pilot assured me that he could take the ship within pistol shot without any risk, I immediately proceeded to attack them at six p. m. when, within less than half gun-shot, the ship unfortunately grounded, which prevented their complete destruction: I however succeeded in sinking one and driving two on shore; the Barbadoes had driven one on shore the day before, but having her broadside to us, she kept up as heavy a fire as the others.
From the Hotspur being aground for four hours, and the whole of the enemy's fire from the brigs, battery, and field-pieces being directed upon her, I am sorry to say that we have lost, in the performance of this service, two midshipmen and three seamen killed, and twenty-two seamen and marines wounded, and have also received considerable damage in our hull, masts, and rigging.
Captains Rushworth and Lilburn rendered me every service in their power with boats, hawsers, &c. but from our situation, they could not succeed in drawing the enemy's fire from the Hotspur.
I cannot find words sufficiently strong to express my approbation of the conduct of every officer and man in his Majesty's ship under my command ; their steady and active conduct, under a heavy and raking fire for three hours, is deserving the highest praise.
I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed)
Josceline Percy. Captain Malcolm, of his Majesty's ship Royal
Oak, senior Officer, &c.
night of the 8th of September, 1811.
A list of men who were wounded on board his Majesty's ship Hotspur, Captain the
Honourable Josceline Percy, on the evening of the 8th of September, 1811. Robert Milk, private marine ; Thomas Kirby, private marine“; William Riley, ordinary seaman; Jamies Acari, able seaman; Johu Adamson, landman; Richard Braithwaite, yeoman of the powder room ; Thomas May, able seaman; Jolin Fernandez, ordinary seaman; Thomas Fordham, rope-maker; William Larre, land. man; Alexander Baxter, ordinary seaman; James Payne, able seaman; Gabriel Tooke, landman; Edward Lennox, yeoman of the shects; William Stapleton, land. man; John King, boatswain's mate; William Maunders, ordinary seaman ; James Powers, landman; William Thompson, able seaman; Isaac Webster, private ma. rine; Thomas Tyrrell, quarter-gunner; Michael Burch, ordinary seaman.
J. EVANS, Surgeon.
Downing-street, September 17, 1811. A despatch of which the following is an extract, was yesterday received
at the Office of the Earl of Liverpool, addressed to his Lordship by General Lord Viscount Wellington, dated Fuente Guinaldo, 31st August, 1811.
The enemy have made no movement of any importance since I addressed your Lordship on the 14th. On that evening a detachment, consisting of about one thousand two hundred infantry and cavalry, arrived at Gata, which is on the south side of the mountains which separate Castile from Estremadura; and on the following morning they surprised a small picquet in St. Martin de Trebejo, under Lieutenant Wood, of the 11th light dragoons, whom they made prisoner with ten men, and went off that evening to Moralego, and on the next morning to Monte Hermoso."
Admiralty-Office, September 21, 1811. Copy of a letter from the Honourable Captain Cadogan, of his Ma
jesty's ship the Havannah, addressed to Rear-Admiral Sir Harry B. Neale, and transmitted by Admiral Sir Charles Cotton, to John William Croker, Esq.
. His Majesty's ship Havannah, at Sea, 7th September, 1811. SIR, -Some of the enemy's coasting vessels having taken shelter under a battery of three twelve-pounders, on the south-west side of the Penmarks, 1 yesterday morning sent my First Lieutenant (William Hamley), with the boats of this ship, to spike the guns, and bring them out or destroy them, which service he performed, according to the subjoined list, without the loss of a man, in a manner that does great credit to himself as well as all the officers and men employed upon the occasion.
I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed)
GEORGE CADOGAN. Rear-Admiral Sir Harry B. Neale, Bart. &c. &c. &c.
L'Aimable Fanny, schooner, laden with wine and brandy, taken.