The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Year MDCCLXXXIII. to MDCCCXXXVI

The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Year MDCCLXXXIII. to MDCCCXXXVI

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...with his crew to the Iphigenia, who now had on board nearly 1,000 men, and was completely blocked up in an enemy's port, without water or provisions. The French squadron which he had engaged was refitting and getting afloat in his rear, while in his van three frigates, released from Port Louis, appeared in the ofling, under the command of Commodore Hameln. These were the Venus, La Manche, and Astr e. Captain Lambert having, on the 27th, by excessive exertion, succeeded in warping his ship up to the He de la Passe, found himself under the necessity of capitulating to Monsieur Hameln, under a promise that himself and the people should be sent to the Cape of Good Hope within one month; but this was not executed. The first object of Captain Pym, after the failure of his attack, was to apprize Commodore Rowley of what had happened; he therefore, before the surrender of the Iphigenia, despatched a boat with a letter to the commodore. To conclude this painful part of our labour, I must observe that the officers and crews of the four frigates were honourably acquitted by the sentences of the courts-martial before which their conduct was investigated. On Captain Willoughby they passed the highest culogiums for the " noble" defence of the Nereide; but censured him for having made the signal to Captain Pym, when the Sirius only was in company, " that the enemy was of inferior force." The firing of the enemy appears to have been particularly directed against the Nereide, probably in revenge for the disgrace they had suffered in passing her on the 20th of August. The first lieutenant, Mr. John Burns, was killed; as were also Lieutenant Morlett, 33d regiment; Lieutenant Aldwinkle, Madras artillery; and Mr. George Timmins, midshipman....show more

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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 581g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595610
  • 9781236595614