Notes on the minutes of a court martial holden on board His Majesty's ship Gladiator, in Portsmouth Harbour, on Wednesday, the 26th day of July, 1809 ... on the trial of ... James, Lord Gambier ...

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Seite 18 - These serious impediments induced me to delay the attack until the latter part of the flood, in order to give any ships, which might be disabled on their approach, a chance of returning by means of the receding tide. Had the wind been favourable for sailing both in and out, or even the latter only, there could have been no doubt that the sooner the enemy's ships were attacked the better.
Seite 102 - I had flattered myself that I should have received some signification of an approbation of my conduct, and have had the gratifying task of conveying to the officers and men under my...
Seite 103 - Lord Cochrane has expressed an opinion, that two or three sail of the line sent in on the morning of the 12th, might, by running up on the verge of the Boyart Shoal, have passed to leeward of the two French ships remaining at anchor. This I declare to have been absolutely impracticable, as well from the raking fire of the two ships afloat, of the upright ones on shore, in our approach, and the fire of the batteries, as from the shoal water close under their lee. The testimony of...
Seite 56 - And whereas, by the log-books and minutes of signals of the Caledonia, Imperieuse, and other ships employed on that service, it appears to us that the said Admiral Lord Gambier, on the 12th day of the said month of April, the enemy's ships being then on shore, and the signal having been made that they could be destroyed, did, for a considerable time, neglect or delay taking effectual measures for destroying them...
Seite 98 - If you throw blame upon what has been done, it will appear like arrogantly claiming all the merit to yourself." Since it was clear that Gambier proposed to remove him from the vicinity of the battle, Cochrane lodged a last but futile protest : "I have no wish to carry the despatches, or to go to London with Sir Harry Neale on the occasion. My object is alone that which has been entrusted to me by the Admiralty - to destroy the vessels of the enemy!
Seite 236 - Palles, were from their first being on shore, totally out of the reach of the guns of any ships of the fleet that might have been sent in ; and that at no time whatever, either sooner or later, could they have been attacked.
Seite 205 - BD 3 the enemy and preserve his own ship ; which could not be exceeded by any feat of valour hitherto achieved by the British navy.
Seite 17 - Most, .if .not all these five ships, now ran aground at the mouth of the Charente, and were never assailable. These Movements of the enemy's ships were not; as I submit to the Court, to be prevented by any means that I could adopt, with the smallest chance of success, and without his Majesty's ships being put to the most unwarrantable peril, and when, as Rear Admiral Stopford has, in his evidence on the part of the prosecution, most emphatically described, " Ours would have been all the loss, and...
Seite 14 - Then he apologized for the freedom which he used in advising the commander inchief, saying, he took that liberty as a friend, for it would be impossible, things remaining as they were, to prevent murmurs in England. My lord, he concluded, you have desired me to speak candidly to you, and I have used that freedom. I have no wish or desire but for the service of our country.
Seite 17 - Between nine and ten he made signal to weigh, and ordered the Etna, which was the only bomb present, to proceed as soon as the tide would permit her to approach near enough, and bombard the enemy's ships. The fleet stood in, and came to anchor about half past eleven, some three miles distant from the fortress of Aix. The ships...

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