disadvantages to which his majesty's them to action. The signal was ships were subjected in consequence made to the Cruizer and Rattler of of the shallowness of the water, and an enemy in the E. S. E. to call the effect of the enemy's field-artil- their attention from Ostend ; the lery and their batteries on shore; squadron weighed the moment the for the commodore appears to have flood made, and allowed of the used every practicable exertion to heavier ships following them over defeat the design, and to have been the banks: the signals to chase and very gallantly seconded by all the to engage were obeyed with alacriofficers serving under his orders. ty, spirit, and judgment, by the ac

I also enclose a list of the kiiled tive and experienced officers your and wounded on this occasion ; and lordship has done me the honour have the honour to be, &c.

to place under my orders. CapKeith. tains Hancock and Mason attacked

this formidable line with the greatest Antelope, at anchor of Ostend, May 17. gallantry and address, attaching My lord,

themselves particularly to the two Information from all quarters, praams, both of them of greater force and the evident state of readiness in than themselves, independent of the which the enemy's armaments were cross-fire from the schooners and in Helvoet, Flushing, and Ostend, schuyts; I sent the Aimable, by indicating the probability of a ge- signal, to support them. The Pe. neral movement from those ports, nelope (having an able pilot, Mr. I reinforced captain Manby, off Thornton),on signal being made to Helvoet, with one ship, and directed engage, captain Broughton worked captain Hancock, of the Cruizer, up to the centre of the enemy's stationed in shore, to combine his line, as near as the shoal water operations and the Rattler's with would allow, while the Antelope the squadron of gun-boats stationed went round the Stroom Sand to cut off Ostend.

the van off from Ostend : unfortuThe Antelope, Penelope, and nately our gun-boats were not in Aimable, occupied a centrical po- sight, having, as I have understood sition in sight both of Flushing and since, devoted their attention to Ostend, in anxious expectation of preventing the Ostend division the enemy's appearance. Yester- from moving westward. day at half-past five a. m. I receiv The enemy attempted to get ed information from captain Han- back to Flushing ; but being hacock, then off Ostend, that the ene- rassed by the Cruizer and the Ratmy's fouilla was hauling out of tler, and the wind coming more that pier, and had already 21 one. easterly against them, they were masted vessels, and one schooner, obliged to run the gauntlet to westoutside in the roads; and at half. ward, keeping close to the beach, past seven the same morning, I had under protection of the batteries. the satisfaction to see the Flushing Having found a passage for the flotilla of 59 sail, viz. two ship-rig- Antelope within the Stroom Sand, ged praams, 19 schooners, and 38 she was enabled to bring her broadschuyts, steering along shore from side to bear on the headmost that port towards Ostend, under schooners before they got the length circumstances which allowed me of Ostend. The leader struck im. to hope I should be able to bring mediately, and her crew deserted




her. She was, however, recovered by if they move into deeper water.

. I the followers; the artillery from the have to regret, that, from the depth town and camp, and the rowing of the water in which these vessels gun-boats from the pier, kept up move, gun-boats alone a constant and well directed fire against them with effect. Four for their support: our shot, how- have joined me, and I have sent ever, which went over the schooners, them in to see what they can do going on shore among the horse ar- with the praim that is on shore. I tillery, interrupted it in a degree: have great satisfaction in bearing still however it was from the shore testimony to your lordship of the we received the greatest annoyance; gallant and steady conduct of the for the schooners and schuyts captains, commanders, officers, seacrowding along could not bring men and marines under my orders. their prow guns to bear without al. Captains Hancock and Mason bore tering their course towards us, the brunt of the attack, and contiwhich they could not venture ; and nued it for six hours, against a their side guns, though numerous great superiority of fire, particularand well served, were very light. ly from the army on shore, the hoIn this manner the Penelope and witzer-shells annoying them much. Antelope engaged every part of These officers deserve the highest their long line from four till eight, praise I can give them.

They while the Aimable, Cruizer, and speak of the conduct of their lieuRattler continued to press their rear. tenants, officers, and crews, in terms Since two o'clock the sternmost of warm panegyric. Messrs. Budd praam struck her colours and ran and Dalzell, from the Antelope, on shore; but the artillery-men acted in the absence of two lieutefrom the army got on board, and nants of those ships. Lieutenants she renewed her fire on the Ai. Garrery and Patful, commanding mable with the precision of a land the Favourite and Stag cutters, did battery, from which that ship suf- their best with their small guns, fered much : captain Bolton speaks against greater numbers of greater much in praise of lieutenant Mą. calibre. Lieutenant Hillier, of the ther, who is wounded.

Antelope, gave me all the assurance Several of the schooners and and support on her quarter-deck schuyts immediately under the fire his ill state of health would permit. of the ships were driven on shore Lieutenant Stokes, and Mr. Sleaser in like manner, and recovered by acting lieutenant, directed the fire the army. At eight, the tide fall- on the lower and main decks with ing, and leaving us in little more coolness and precision. It would water than we drew, we were re- be the highest injustice if I omitted luctantly obliged to haul off into to mention the intrepid conduct of deeper water, to keep afloat, and Mr. Lewis, the master, Mr. Nunn the enemy's vessels that were not and Mr. Webb, pilots, to whose on shore, or too much shattered, steadiness, skill, and attention, par. were thus able to reach Ostend: ticularly the former, I shall ever these and the Ostend divisions have feel myself indebted, for having hauled into the bason. I have an- brought the Antelope into action chored in such a position as to within the sands, where, certainly, keep an eye on them; and I shall the enemy could not expect to be endeayour to close with them again, met by a ship of her size; and for


having allowed her to continue en- Antelope—Two seamen and one gaged with commodore Verheul to private marine wounded. the last minute it was possible to Penelope Three seamen killed, remain in such shoal water, with a and four seamen wounded. fæling tide. It is but justice to Aimable-Mr. Christie, mastersay the enemy's commodore pur mate, Mr. Johnson, midshipman, sued a steady course, notwithstand four seamen, and one boy killed ; ing our fire, and returned it with lieutenant W. Mather, Mr. Shaspirit to the last. I could not de well, purser, Mr. Conner, mid. tach open boats into the enemy's shipman, and eleven seamen, line to pick up those vessels which wounded. had struck, and were deserted, Cruizer-One seaman killed; Mr. mixed as they were with those George Ellis, clerk, and three still firing. Captain Hancock sent seamen, wounded. me one schuyt that had hauled out Rattler-Two seamen killed, and of the line and surrendered. She five seamen wounded. had a lieutenant and twenty-three Total-Two petty officers, ten soldiers of the 48th regiment, with seamen, and one boy killed ; five Dutch seamen on board. She

one lieutenant, one purser,

four is so useful here I cannot part with perty officers, twenty-five seaher yet. Enclosed is a list of cur men, and one private marine loss, which, though great, is less wounded than might be expected, owing to (Signed) W. SIDNEY SMITH. the enemy's directing their fire at

JUNE. our masts. The Rattler and the Cruizer have of course suffered Admiralty-office, June 2. most in the latter respect, but are

Copy of a letter from sir John Thos. nearly ready for service again.

Duckworth, K. B. vice-admiral The smoke would not allow us to

of the blue, &c. to William Mars. see the effect of our shot on the

den, esq. dated Port Royal, Jaenemy; but their loss, considering

maica, the 2d of April, 1804. the number of them under our guns

Sir, for so long, must be great in pro For the information of the lords portion. We see the mast-heads commissioners of the admiralty, I above water, of three of the send you herewith a letter recently schooners and one of the schuyts received from captain Roberts, of which were sunk.

the Snake, commanding a small I have the honour to be, &c.

force stationed at New Providence, (Signed) W. SIDNEY SMITH.

I have the honour to be, &c. The right hon. lord Keith, K. B.

J. T. DUCKWORTH, commander in chief, &c. &c.

His majesty's sloop Snake, Salt Key, Return of killed and wounded on

March 18. board his majesty's ships and Sir, · vessels under the orders of com This moment has arrived his modore sir William Sidney Smith, majesty's sloop Lilly, capt. Lyall, knt. &c. in action with the ene- from Bermuda, who has brought my's flotilla on its passage from with him the Batavian republic Flushing to Ostend, May 16, schooner Draak, commanded by a 1804.

lieutenant of frigate, captured on


am, &c.

the 1st instant. She mounts four 4- His majesty's sloop Racoon, off New and one 3-pounders and 50 men ; Providence, March 19. seven weeks from Curacoa, and Sir, had taken nothing.

I have the honour to inform you, I have the honour to be, &c. that on Friday, 16th, in lat. 36

W. Roberts. deg. 51 min. W. long. 80 deg. 21 Copy of another letter from rear- tional transport L'Argo, mounting

min. N. I captured the French naadmiral Duckworth, dated Port six guns, commanded by Thomas Royal, April 7, 1804.

Dussniel, enseigne de vaisseau, with Sis,

50 troops and 20 officers and seaI transmit for the information of the lords commissioners of the ad

men, 22 days from New Orleans,

bound to France. miralty, an account of French ves

I have the honour to be, &c. sels captured and destroyed by his

H. Gordox. majesty's squadron under my command since the return of the 10th

His majesty's sloop Racoon, Port ult. I

Royal, April 5.

List of ships and vessels captured

I have the honour to inform you, and destroyed by the squadron that on Tuesday, April 3, I cap. under the command of rear-ad- tured off the Great Heneaga, after miral sir J. T. Duckworth, K.B.

a few hours chase, the French feJamaica.

lucca privateer L'Aventure, comFrench national transport L'Argo, manded by Jean Baptiste Gay, of 6 guns and 50 men, com.

manned with 28 men, mounting manded by a lieutenant de vais. one gun and two swivels, seven seau, in ballast; captured by days out of St. Jago, her first the Racoon, captain Gordon, cruise, and had not taken any thing. March 16, 1804.-B. Water. And on Wednesday, the 4th, re house and Co. agents.

captured the American schooner French felucca privateer L'Hiron. Elizabeth, laden with coffee. deile, of 3 guns and 44 men ;

I have, &c. H. GORDON captured by the Stork, captain.

Admiralty-office, June 12.
Le Geyt, off Cape Nicola Mole,
March 30, 1804: same agents.

Copy of a letter from capt. CampFrench felucca privateer L'Aven.

bell, to the hon. William Corn

wallis, admiral of the white, &c. ture, of 1 gun and 28 men; captured by the Racoon off Great His majesty's sloop Doris, off Point Henage, April 5, 1804: same

du Raze, 10th Marcb. agents.

Sir, Felucca privateer Le Cazar, of 1 I beg leave to inform you of my

gun, 46 men, and 18 tons, from having taken and destroyed the St. Jago de Cuba; captured by French gun-boat No. 351, of the the Fortunée: same date, and the second class, carrying one eighteen same agents.

pounder and 30 men, being one of A French privateer, of 2

a small convoy from Quimper to 17 men, destroyed by his majes. Brest, ultimately to Boulogne, laty's ship Blanche.

den with ammunition, provisions, (Signed) }. T. DUCKWORTH. &c.; the rest escaped into Hodi:


guns and

erne, owing to my having sprung ly requested an interview. To the main top-mast, and split the which Mrs. S. replied, she must sail, in chase.

decline a private interview with a I have the honour to be, &c. gentleman she had not any know

Pat. CAMPBELL. ledge of; and if he had any thing Tbe bon, admiral Cornwallis, o'c. to communicate, she begged he

would do it to either of her bro. His majesty's sbip Doris, off Point thers, or her son. But this had no

du Raze, April 30. effect upon him, and he continued Sir,

his troublesome applications, both Having observed, on the clear- by letters as well as personal obing up of a fog, a number of gun. trusions, till his behaviour becarie bigs, boats, and chasse-marées, an- unbearable; as, when the street-door chored at the entrance of Hodierne was opened to him, he would not harbour; I stood in at night, and take a denial, and insisted upon anchored as near as I could ta pro- 'waiting to see Mrs. S., and the sertect the boats which were dispatch- vants had great difficulty in forcing ed under the orders of lieutenant him away. Anderson, who succeeded in bring

Mr. Kemble, in consequence, aping out the gun-boat No. 360, of plied to Mr. Graham, the magisthe second class, carrying one eigh- trate at the Public-office, Bow. teen pounder and 30 men; But street, to know how to act. Mr. G. owing to a rapid and heavy surf, advised, that when he called again which broke at the harbour's the servant should behave kindly, mouth, as well as their being pro- and say, Mrs. Siddons had agreed tected by strong batteries, prevent to see him, and fix upon a time for ed his being more successful. him to call and see her, which was I am, &c.

agreed to. On Monday evening Par. CAMPBELL. he called, when the servant inform. The hon. admiral Cornwallis, &c. ed him Mrs. S. had agreed to see

him, and appointed ten

o'clock yes. 13. Mrs. Siddons has for nearly terday morning for the interview ; these two months past been extreme. which Mr. Graham being informed ly annoyed by the innumerablcappli- of, he sent Adkins, one of the offications by letters, as well as personal cers belonging to Bow-street, to be addresses, of a young gentleman. in waiting, to take him into cusHe began with writing letters to tody; Mr. Kemble likewise ather, informing her of the strong tended with the other. At the affection and love he had for her appointed time the gentleman arperson, to which, of course, she rived; and on his insisting upon paid no attention. In consequence seeing Mrs. Siddons, the officer of which he paid daily visits at her took him into custody, and they, house in Marlborough-street, to see accompanied by Mr. Kemble, went her; but the servants had instruc- to the Public-office, Bow-street, tions not to admit him. He conti- where he underwent a long private nued, however, to write letters to examination before Mr. Bond and her ; but Mrs. S. did not answer sir W. Parsons. The result of them till he informed her he had which was, after the magistrates, s mething of the utmost import as well as Mr. Kemble, had pointed ance to communicate, and earnest- out to him the folly of his conduct


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