1809 - Destruction of a nest of pirates


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0189 Colonial Expeditions - Coast of Africa 204

Among the services performed by the British navy in this quarter of the globe during the year 1809, were several successful attacks made by the 12-pounder 36-gun frigate Chiffonne, Captain John Wainwright, and 18-pounder 36-gun frigate Caroline, Captain Charles Gordon, in company with the honourable company's cruisers Mornington, Captain Jeakes, and Aurora, Nautilus, Prince-of-Wales, Fury, and Ariel, Lieutenants Conyers, Watkins, Allen, Davidson, and Salter, having on board a body of troops under Lieutenant Colonel Smith, upon a nest of pirates in the Persian Gulf, which had for a long time harassed the trade in that sea. On the 13th of November Ras-al-Khyma, the principal pirate-town, together with all the vessels in the port, upwards of 50 in number, including about 30 very large dows, and a considerable quantity of naval stores of every species, was set on fire and destroyed.

On the 17th twenty large pirate-vessels in the town of Linga shared the same fate, and on the 27th eleven others at the town of Luft ; the sea-defences of both places being also completely destroyed. All this was not effected, however, without a desperate resistance on the part of the pirates ; and, in consequence, the loss on the British side amounted to four men killed, one mortally, 15 severely, and 19 slightly wounded: a loss, nevertheless, of moderate amount, compared with the number of lives which these barbarians, had they been allowed to prosper in their gains, would very soon have sacrificed.

Colonial Expeditions - Coast of Africa

Much injury having been done to the African coasting trade by small French privateers, fitted out at Sénégal, Captain Edward Henry Columbine, of the 12-pounder 32-gun frigate Solebay, the naval commanding officer at the settlement of Gorée, concerted with Major Charles William Maxwell, of the African Corps, the commandant of the garrison, a plan for the reduction of Senegal. Accordingly, on the 4th of July, a detachment from the garrison of Gorée, amounting to 166 officers and men under the major's command, embarked on board the Agincourt transport ; and the squadron, composed of the Solebay the 18-gun brig-sloop Derwent, Captain Frederick Parker, and 12-gun brig Tigris, Lieutenant Robert Bones, the Agincourt, a flotilla of small armed vessels, consisting of the George government-schooner, and six sloops and schooners, collected for the purpose, and, in order to give the appearance of a greater force, one unarmed merchant ship, two brigs, and one schooner, immediately weighed and set sail.

On the 17th in the evening the expedition, amounting to 14 sail of vessels, anchored off the bar of Senegal ; and on the 8th 160 of the African Corps, 120 seamen, and 50 marines, were got over the bar, in 16 boats, through a very heavy surf. But, in

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