1801 - Same and Vergen-del-Rosario, Capture of St.-Bartholomew St.-Martin St.-Thomas St.-John Santa-Cruz


 
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Naval History of Great Britain - Vol III
1801 Pasley and Spanish Xebec of War 159

xebec ceased her fire, and, taking advantage of the calm which had followed the heavy firing, pulled away with her sweeps. The Pasley used her sweeps, but the xebec having more sweeps and more men, outpulled the British brig, and before night reached the island of Ivica. In this very creditable affair to the Pasley, the latter had one seaman killed and two wounded.

In a few months afterwards an opportunity occurred in which Lieutenant Wooldridge was more successful. On the 28th of October, Cape de Gata bearing west-north-west distant 20 leagues, the Pasley fell in with and was chased by the Spanish privateer polacre-ship Virgen-del-Rosario, of 10 guns (pierced for 20), eight of them long 12, and two long 24, pounders, with a crew of 94 men. Being to windward, the Rosario soon neared the Pasley, and an animated engagement commenced. After the action had continued about an hour, the Pasley, having had her gaff and most of the stays and main rigging shot away, found her opponent's guns, upon the whole, much too heavy. As the readiest mode to reduce this inequality, the Pasley ran athwart the hawse of the Rosario, and lashed the latter's bowsprit to her own capstan. The British crew, in an instant, were on the Spanish ship's decks ; and, after a sanguinary hand-to-hand struggle of about 15 minutes' duration, carried the Rosario.

The Pasley's loss amounted to her gunner, Mr. James Pooke, and two seamen killed, her commander (shot through the left shoulder), master (Ambrose Lions, mortally), first mate (George Davie), and five seamen wounded. The loss on board the privateer was very severe : it consisted of her first and second captains, second lieutenant, two prize-masters, the gunner, and 15 seamen killed, and 13 officers and seamen wounded. Considering the great disparity of force between the two vessel, this must be pronounced a very gallant affair on the part of the Pasley ; and the judgment, promptitude, and valour, displayed by Lieutenant Wooldridge on the occasion, gained him not only the just applause of his superiors, but, that to which he had an equal claim, the rank of commander.

Colonial Expeditions - West Indies

The rupture between England and Denmark and Sweden was soon followed by the seizure of the colonies of the latter by the former. On the 20th of March the Swedish island of St.-Bartholomew surrendered by capitulation to a British naval and military force, under Rear-admiral John Thomas Duckworth and Lieutenant-general Trigge. On the 24th the Swedish island of St.-Martin ; on the 29th the Danish islands of St.-Thomas, St.-John, and their dependencies; and, on the 31st the Danish island of Santa-Cruz, all accepted the same terms as St.-Bartholomew. On the 16th of April the French garrison

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