The Naval History of Great Britain; From the Year MDCCLXXXIII to MDCCCXXII. Volume 4

The Naval History of Great Britain; From the Year MDCCLXXXIII to MDCCCXXII. Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...they reached with great difficulty. By this time the Zephyr was so close to the French ship, that she was kept off only by fire-booms, while the enemy cut their cables, and by that means avoided the danger. The batteries and all the ships at the same time kept up a constant and furious fire of shot, shells, grape, and musketry, but without doing any injury to Captain Joyce and his boats. The flood tide, which ran strong, and the wind and sea being all against them, the boat was exposed to this fire; and what considerably increased their danger, was the explosion of another fire-vessel, just without them, which distinctly shewed their position to the enemy. After the officers had performed their duty, and sent the burning convoy into the enemy's anchorage, they had an arduous and difficult task to perform in regaining the Imperieuse, which was the nearest ship, and placed to receive them. Many of the officers and men on getting on board were found to be much wounded, and exhausted with fatigue, having been four hours in the boats. When daylight came, seven sail of the French line lay on shore, and Lord Cochrane made the signal to the Admiral that they might be destroyed. Lord Gambier immediately made the signal to weigh, and the fleet ran up and anchored within three miles of the Isle of Aix: the enemy, as the tide rose, succeeded in removing all but three sail of the line into deep water, towards the entrance of the Charente. Captain John Bligh, of the Valiant, was ordered to take his own ship, with the Revenge, Captain A. Kerr, Indefatigable, Aigle, Emerald, Pallas, Beagle, jEtna bomb, Insolent, Growler, Conflict, Encounter, and Fervent gunbrigs, to effect the destruction of those which remained on the Boyart Shoal. At twenty minutes past two, more

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  • English
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  • 1236607872
  • 9781236607874