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tONDON GJZETT& WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29. Admiralty-Oiffce, JS ovember 29, The Honourable Lieutenant William Wal- deprave, of the Ville de Paris, arrived here thismortMng with dispatches from Vice-A d- roiral lord Col I ins wood, C o in m a a de v -1 n-C hief of his Majesty's ships and vessels in the Medi- terranean, addressed to the Hon. William Wellesley Pole, of which the following are copies t— Ville de Paris, off St. Sebastian; October 20, 1809. SIR—By my fetter of the 16th of Sept. their lordships would be informed of the intelli- gence 1 had received relative to the intended movements of the French squadron, and of my reasons for changing my station to St-Se- bastian. While on this station, an the night of the 22d instant, the Ppmonejoined, and Captain Barrie (who, with indefatigable perseverance, had, with the Akeste, watched the port of Toulon) informed me, that the day before, several of the enemy's squadron had put to sea, and others were coming out whtn he left them, and that there was every appearance of the whole fleet being on the move from the harbour. They had a numerous convoy with them, and, as this movement was made with the first of an easterly wind, there was little doubt of their being hound to the westward. I immediately made the necessary signals for the squadron to be prepared for their recep- tion, and placed the three frigates and sloop, fomone, Hydra, Volon tai re, and Minstrel, to windward, to give Notice of the enemy's ap- proach. On the rviornitiff i Cote 23d, soon after eight o'clock, tbe: Volontnire ifiiade the signal tor a fleet to the eastward white thej continued to-comedown' before the wind, no alteration was made in the squadron, except hy advancing two fast-sailing ships, the Tigrc and Bulwark. At len, the Porarone made the signal, that the enemy had hauled'to the wind and the convoy separating from (he ships a war (which were now discovered to consist or three ithips of the line cniv, two two smaller frigates, of store ships, and a cnnvoy of about twenty sail of vessels) I ordered Rear Admiral Mart).: to chase them, and eight of the best-sailing ships, which, standing on con trarv tacks, might take advantage of the changes of the wiud, which v ns titen variable. Ar two p. m. the Pomone having got far In .indward, was directed hy signal to destroy such, or the convov as cOliJdhè come up with; in the e er- g she burnt two brigs, two bombards, and a ketch The enemy before dark was out of sight, and the sh'ps J chasing 110 i h advanced were standing to the north- ■» i while the squadron with me stretched t. southward* The next morning neither t French nor our- cliaoii g ships were in t:! t. sius morning Rear-Admiral Martin joined •w:h hi* division, as named in the margin, having again fallen in with the enemy on the off the entrance of the Rhone, and on F, • 25th they chased them on shore the Ro- 1of 84 bearing the-flag of n,ep,r~ Aimiral Boudain, and the leon, ol 74, off trout,iguan, were the day following set fire. to by themseves. The lioree, of 74 guns, and a frigate, ran on shore at the entrance of lhe pott of Celte, where there is little pro- bability of either of them being saved. I cannot sufficiency express the high satis- fy rtion I have felt at the intrepid perseverance ci Hear-Admiral Martin, and of the Captains of ships who were with him in the pursuit. Nothing less ardent, or less skilful, would have produced a result so fortunate, where the coast near the Rhone is exceedingly shoal and dangerous, so that some of the ships were, in five and six fathoms water, the weather, thick, and the south-east wind lowing strong. I inclose to you, Sir, Rear-Admirat Mar- tin's letter; and beg to congratulate their t.ordships on three great ships of the enemy heín thus destroyed, without the smallest resistance on their part, or a shot being fired bv the British ships, excepta few by the Tigrc at the Boree, when she was pushing ashore at Cettc of their two frigates, the Ppmone and Pauline, one hauled her wind sometime hi the night, and fetched into Marseilles road. Tbe other part of the Trench squadron are found to rsKiain in Toulon by the ships which have since examined tlnHpört. I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed) 6LLIIVGWOOV. Canopus, at Sea, Oct. 27, 1809. MY LORD-In obedience to the signal for the Ca:'onus40 chase E.-N. B» T stood that way the winite of lie nigh:, of the 23d, and the following day, in company with the Renown, Tigre, Sultan, Leviathan, andCumberiand iu the evening, four jaii wee seen, to which we immediately: save I cha.e, and pursued theiit t'l sifter xark; be,, floin stiois; ater, -,sid the win:i be ins; direci on the shore, wear'(he enh ance of Sthe Rtione, it be- ta \v.e necessary (0 fc« "p ic. wttid dur rig night-, i'ne f <Iln«ii.g morning, the 2,Hh, the shijis. weie a^ani seen, and chased between Cc tie and Fronts .-i>, whc*e tbe'y r«n on shore two of them (all eigtify gnii siiiji, bearing a Rcar- .Admiral's flag, and a se;veim-i&ur) at the. iatter place, and one ship (,rf i,lle line and a frigate at Ijie former. Froa: the shoal wafer ami intricacy of ii>e navigation, it was impossible to get cloge euotic1' to the fw,-) line of bajtle ships nc.tr t e iguan, to attack ihfin when on shore fc", in inpti-hg to do so, one of H5 Majesty's sh ps NL7, under five fathoms water, and another j, ¡'e-As six. On the SG u, I sent the boats to sound, mean- ins if possible to buoy the Channel if any had bedl to mid). by which the. enemy's shipscould- be a acked hut at mght we had the sa-tisfactioti to see he us set on nre. From the circumstance! under which the ship and frigate, ran on shore at the entrance of the port of'Oettc,. 1 have little itoubi the former will be lost; and tiie frigate must certainly have re- ceived considerable damage but they cannot be got at on account of the batteries. Ywiir Lordship Diust be well ,¡ware that nothing nil'l :»c great press of sail carried by His Majei- t- s ships aud 'he good look on' kept, could have e-iiilileu* :bem to close with-jjhose of the eheuiy, r,i't"pus. Renown,Tigre, Sultan, Leviathao, an.1 Cumberland. f j fresn the distance fltey at the time they commenced the chase. I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed) G. MARTIN. Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood, Commander in Chief, &c. &c. &c. Ville de Pzris off Rosas, November, 1. IS09. SIn. When the eiiemy'sr.cotlvoY- -was chased on the 23d ult. their transports separated from the ships of war, and, under the protection of an armed store-ship, two bombards, and a zebeck, made for the Bay of Rosas. When the ships of war were disposed of, as related in my letter of yesterday, the convoy became the object of my attention, and on the 20th; the Apollo" was sent off Rosalv, to examine what vessels were there, and how far they were in a situation assailable. The next day I appointed the ships, as per margin t, for this service, under the orders of Captain Hallowell, to bring them out if the wind was favourabte, or otherwise to destroy them. The state of (he wind and sea. would not permit this operation until last night, lvlici)4 after dark, the ships bore up for the Bay, and anchored about five miles from the castle of Rosa.s, under the protection of which castle, of Trinity-fort, and of several other newly-erected batteries, the convoy, consisting of eleven vessels, five of theIn, armed, as per accompanying were moored. The boats beingarranged in separate divisions, the whole were put under the orders of Lieut. Tailour, First Lieutenant of the Tigre, and pro- ceeded to the attack of the enemy, who, although-, be cauid have had no previous intimation of such an euterprixe against him, was found vigilant and completely oa his guard. The ship, whicly was a smaller sort of trieate, was inclosed in-, boarding nettings, and a gun boat advanced a head of her for the look-out; on being hailed, and the alarm guii fired, our boats stretched' out; the crews, at the highest-pitch of animation, fill- ingtheair -.ithiheir cheers Leac division took the par,t pr^viovsly allotted to it.; the armed ship was boarded at all points, aud carried in a few minutes, notwithstanding a spirited and sturdy resistance -which the enemy made; all their armed vessels, v/ere well defended, but the Bri- tisii seamen and marines, determined to subdue themi were not to he repelled, even by a force found to be doable that which was expected; and besides the opposition mailc, by the vessels, the guns from the castle, the forts in the Bay, the gUll boats, and musketry from the beach, jsept-a constant fire on them." On the Opening of day, every ship or vessel was either burnt, or brought aided by the light winds, which then came (lie tiinit, and the whole of the convoy that, came from Toulon for the supply of the French army in Spain has been destroyed, with the ex- ception of the, frigate, which escaped to Mai scities, and one store-ship, not since heard of. I cannot conclude this narrative, without an expression of the sentiment which the execution of this bold enterprise has inspired me with, and the respect and admiration I feel for those who performed it. 4 In the first place; success greatly depended upon the previous arrangement which was made by Captain Hallowejl, with a judgment Mid fore- sight that distingiiidies that-officer, in every ser- vice he is employetf on; the division of the boats the preparations of tire (11aterial, and providing them with every implement that contingency re- quire, established confidence throughout the whole and in this lie was ably assisted by the experience per en(, and zeal of Captains Wodehouse, Bullen, Taylor and Hope. The brigs were under sail, as near the vessels attacked as the liffhr winds would al- low, and Captain Hall^wel) speaks in high terms tf praise of the conduct of their commanders, Crawley, Taitt, and Vv.ilson, the First Lieute- nant, Taitour, led to the assault in a most gallant manner, and was followed by the other officers, as if each was ambitious of his place, anddesire.d to be first; the whole party bravely maintained the character which Britishseameti have estab- lished for themselves. I am sorry I have to add, that the loss has been considerable, of which Hnclose a list. Lieute- nant Taitt, of the Voiontairt;, an excelIent and brave young officer, and Mr. Caldwell, Master's- mate of the Tigre, a youth of great promise, were the.onJyomcersslaiC!. V, Many -officers of the fleet were desirous of being volunteers in this service. I could not resist the earnest request of Liéuténaüts :tófd Yiscount=Bal- gotiic, the rlofl J. A" Maudc, and the Hon. "W. Waldegrave, of the Ville de Paris, to have the command of boats., in which they, displayed that spirit which is,inherent injthem.^ I transmit also fJaptain Ha-Howetrs le^er, re- lating his proceedings,, with lists of the officers who commanded boats, and had appointments in this service, and of the vessels burnt and captured. I have the honour to be; &c. (Signed) COLLi-NGWOOD. P. S. I have charged Lieutenant Waldegrave, of the Ville de Paris, with the delivery of my dispatches; an efficer of great merit, and who commanded-one of the boats employed on this service. His Majesty's ship Tigre, off Cape St. Sebastian, Nov, I, 1S09. My D- In obedience to your Lordship's order of the 30th ultimo, I proceeded to the Bay of Rosas, with the ships and sloops named in the margin, where, finding it impracticable to attack the enemy's convoy while under Weigh, (the wind being at-Si-EV and a heavy swell) I anchored the ships of the squadron, yesterday evening after dark, about five miles of the town of Rosas, and detached all the boats, under the command of Lieutenant Tailour, First of the Tigre, to de- stroy them; the spirited manner iii which he led them on to the attack, commanded the admiration of every Olle preseut; and the gallant manner in which he was Supported^ reflects the highest ho- nour c-n every .pcfa^p. pn tfris j|»rv»ce. I have the honour to enciose a list of vessels captnred and destroyed on this occasion; and when your Lordship is IntWmed that the enemy was awar& of Our intention to attack him,, and had taken the precaution of fixing boarding net- tings, and placing a launch with a gun in it in advance, to k-ille him notice of our approach, and that the vessels were also-defended by the very strong batteries on shore, I trustyonr Lord- ship will consider it equal in gallantry and judg- ment to any exploit that has occurred under your Lordship's command. Our loss has been severe, and among the list of killed I have to lament, the loss of Lieutenant Taitt, of the Votontaire, of whom Captain But- len speaks in high terms, as an officer who has distinguished himself upon many occasions and Mr. Caklwell, Masters-mate of the Tipre the latter has a widowed mother, in distressed circumstances, who looked to him for comfort and support. Among the wounded are Lieute- nant Tailour, of the Tigre, and Lieutenant For- ster, of the Apollo, severely. The brigs were directed to keep ufuler weigh, and were in an admirable sjiuat,ion, at day-ligbt, to have given assistance, had it been necessary. 1 have the honour also to inclose a list of the I have the honour also to inclose a list of the officers employed on the service, and I have only to state that their conduct, and that of the sea- I r- + Tigre, Cumberland, Volontalre, Apol,loo J Topaac, Philoiuei, Sc<JUt, and Tiiscaa. ). ( men an3 matfaes under their command, was stich as to exceed any encomium from my p i, and entitles them to my warmest thanks and appro-, batiou. I have the honour to be, No. (Signed) B Grand total of killed and wounded.—15 killed 55 wouuded. r ■« -i..i .in' '-rg


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