Service Afloat; Comprising the Personal Narrative of a British Naval Officer, During the Late War

Service Afloat; Comprising the Personal Narrative of a British Naval Officer, During the Late War

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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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: Old Man's Bay.--Crews wounded and made prisoners. Narrow Escape. Flag of Truce. Villaret Joyeuse. Interview with captives. General Joyeuse. Perilous situation and providential escape of a watering parly. Join the W sloop of war. Ludicrous scene. On the 28th of April, being well in-shore a few leagues to the eastward of the Peart, observing a small coasting vessel running down before the wind for St. Pierre's, the cuttpr and jolly-boat were dispatched under my command to attempt to cut her off from the land. We started about two p. M., and, in spite of the fire of a battery on the cliffs, sue: ceeded--though she hugged the shore within pistol-shot--in intercepting her. The enemy, perceiving that the only alternative left them was running on shore or falling into our hands, rounded to, just as we had got within musket-shot, and striking on a ledge of rocks over which a heavy swell was setting, she went to pieces in a few minutes, the crew escaping to the shore. So instantaneous had been her destruction that, when we reached the spot, we found the whole vessel broken up into small fragments, planks, beams, and timbers, floating in every direction, --eo that the only part of her left uninjured was the rudder, which we towed on board as a trophy. On the night of the 23rd of June, we were rather more fortunate; the boats being sent in-shore, to leeward, between St. Pierre's and Martinico, and succeeding in capturing a schooner and two gabar?, laden with colonial produce. But even here our success was alloyed by a disaster which befell one of our own boats, the crew of which, under the command of a petty officer, having imprudently landed, fell into an ambush, and in an ineffectual endeavour to escape, two or three of them were wounded. The more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603702
  • 9781236603708