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1823 Light Squadrons and Single Ships 394

when a favourable opportunity occurred, three hearty. cheers were given, the boats dashed alongside, and the panic-stricken pirates endeavoured to save themselves by flight. Twenty-eight men, however, were secured, amongst whom was their commander. Every word of information given by the pilot was now proved correct : her description, size, armament, &c. and the hand of retributive justice rid the world of Arogonez and his men, for they were all hanged at Jamaica, and received more mercy in their expeditious death, than they had accorded to the poor cook.

It now becomes our cheerful duty to bestow on Captain Walcott and the officers under his command the praise they deserve. This attack took place in daylight, against a vessel advantageously moored, manned by a crew resolved to perish or to conquer ; the boats were advanced in a calm, and for three quarters of an hour they were under a heavy fire. Every mate must have done his duty, and it has been well designated by a contemporary historian, as one of the most brilliant actions in boat-service he ever remembered. * Captain Walcott, in his official letter, mentions the excellent conduct of Lieutenants Amos Plymsell, and James Campbell, of Messrs. Robinson, Dawson, Shapland, Gettings, and Dalyell, midshipmen ; likewise of Mr. West the surgeon, and Mr. Graham assistant-surgeon, who volunteered their services. Of Captain Roberts he speaks in the highest terms, and Mr. Bull the acting master of the Tyne, receives his warmest thanks for the manner in which he piloted the ships through the constant intricate and dangerous navigation, and finally got them within gun-shot of the captured pirate ; the loss sustained by the English was one man killed. and five wounded, the Spaniards lost 10 killed and 15 wounded.

In giving our account of this action we consulted Captain Brenton's history, but were discouraged from gleaning any information from him, in consequence of two mistakes in the first line : he calls Captain Walcott a commander and a C.B. ; he had been post more than a year, and to this day, although he merits a higher distinction, is not a C. B. He calls the Tyne a sloop ; she is a frigate. He says, " both the British commanders were made post, " whereas one was posted a year previously to the action, and the other succeeded to an invaliding vacancy. He finishes by calling Mr. Thomas Bull, Mr. Ball.

On the 31st of January, Captain James Ryder Burton, in command of his majesty's sloop Cameleon, of twelve 32-pounder carronades and 45 men, when in company with his majesty's

* Brenton.

Mr. Shapland being the senior midshipman in this affair was promoted, and Mr. Bull was confirmed as master of the Tyne.

These inaccuracies would not have been pointed out or noticed but for Captain Brenton's diligent search of our pages, out of 2000 of which he has discovered two typographical errors : unfortunately, the editor being more diligent, has found several more, which shall be rectified.

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