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THE

NAVAL HISTORY

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GREAT BRITAIN,

FROM THE YEAR

MDCCLXXXIII. TO MDCCCXXXVI.

BY

EDWARD PELHAM BRENTON,

CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY.

A NEW AND GREATLY IMPROVED EDITION,
ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS, PLANS, ETC.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,
13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1837.

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ILLUSTRATIONS.
VOL. II.

1. Portrait of the Author to face title-page.

2. Nelson . .

3. Collingwood . '«

4. View of the British Fleet at Trafalgar

5. Portrait of Sir John Duckworth
6. Sir Alexander Cochrane

7. Chart of the Scheldt

8. Portrait of Sir George Cockburn

9. —' ' ■ Lord Exmouth

10. ;Sir David Milne

11. Plan ef Algiers

12. Portrait of Sir Edward Codrington

13. Plan of Navarin • . .

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NAVAL HISTORY

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GREAT BRITAIN.

CHAPTER I.

Captain Collier's action with La FWche—Vice-admiral Rainier occupies the Portuguese settlements—Accounts reach Bombay of the probable renewal of the war—British naval force in India—Arrival of Rearadmiral Linois—Admiral Rainier refuses to deliver up Pondicherry—■ —Linois sails in the night—News of the war reaches India—Linois attacks Bencoolen—Meets with the China fleet off Pulo A'or, and, after a short action, quits them—Munificence of the East India Company— Action of Captain Henry Lambert—Action between Centurion and Marengo—Fiorenzo and Psyche—Admiral Rainier returns from India with a rich fleet—Affairs of Ceylon and India—Sir Thomas Trowbridge, in the Blenheim, falls in with Linois, in the Marengo—Short action, undecided. .

Captain G. R. Collier, in the Victor sloop of war, fell in, off the island Diego Garcia, in September, 1801, with a French corvette. The enemy sailed better than the Victor*on a wind, but not so well large, and, having disabled the rigging of the Victor, obtained a favourable position and escaped. Captain Collier determined not to quit his foe. Judging that she must be bound to the Mahee islands, he steered for them, and there got sight of her as she lay in a secure and intricate anchorage. The officers of the Victor sounded the channel, under the fire of the French corvette; and Captain Collier, having ascertained the depth of water, warped his ship in under a raking fire, until he got so near as to anchor with springs on his cable, when he brought his broadside to bear, and in two hours and a half sank her at her anchors, without having one of his own men killed Yol. n. B

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