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N. B. No 'return has yet been received from the commissary sent to Gaspar Grande, to take an account of the engineer stores deposited in that island, but it is understood there are, amongst other articles, intrenching tools sufficient for 500 men.
(Signed) CHARLES SHIPLEY, major and commandant
royal engineers, Windward and Leeward
Islands, Return of ordnance, ammunition and stores, captured on the island of
Trioidad, Feb. 18, 1797.
ders, 6 twelve pounders, on travelling carriages.
4. Twelve pounders, on travelling carriages.
Loose round shot.
200 Eighteen pounders. 4,240 Sixteen pounders. 1,240 Twelve pounders.
450 Ten pounders.
220 Eight pounders.
200 Three pounders.
54 Six pounders, in tin cases.
Canvas cartridges, filled with powder.
85 Whole barrels of powder, H. H. of 100lbs. cach.
6 Half barrels of ditto.
Spare travelling carriages.
30 Cwt. slow match. 108 Cartouch boxes, with slings. 400 Spades, with helves. 400 Hoes, with ditto. 200 Felling axes, with ditto. 100 Pikes, with ditto. 100 Pickaxes, with ditto. 400 Hand-bills.
62 Covers of leather for musquet locks.. 9,436 lbs. of lead, in pigs. . With a suitable proportion of side-arms and small articles in the ordnance department.
N. B. 2 iron six-pounders; 138 cartouch boxes, with slings; 295 scabe bards, with bayonets; 118 thirteen-inch fuzees; 1420 tubes ; and 227 portfires, unserviceable, and not included.
Note. The sixteen-pounder brass guns are the exact dimensions of English eighteen-pounders. .
(Signed) John Smith, major, coinmanding royal artillery,
Windward and Leeward Islands. Return of provisions found in the stores in the island of Trinidad, de
livered over to me by the commissary (or contador) in the service of the king of Spain. 632 Whole barrels of American flour.
99 Half ditto. 154 Tierces of rice.
John GLASTORD, Dep. Com. Gen. Port of Spain, Trinidad,
Feb. 20, 1797. Admiralty-office, March 27, 1797. February 21, 1797, to Mr. Nepean,
Captain Harvey, of his majesty's secretary of the Admiralty, of which ship Prince of Wales, arrived at the the following is a copy : Admiralty this morning with a dis SIR, patch from rear-admiral Henry Har. I have the honour to acquaint vey, commander in chief of his ma- you, for the information of their jesty's ships and vessels at Barbadoes lordships, that it having been deand the Leeward Islands, dated off termined an attack should be made Port d'Espagne, in the Gulf of Paria, on the island of Trinidad, both
with a view to that colony, and to proceed a little farther up the gulf, the Spanish squadron which had and anchor with all the transports, been there for some time past, the The Alarm, Favourite, and Victotroops intended for this expedition rieuse were ordered to keep under from Martinique were accordingly sail above the transports during the cnibarked in the ships of war, and night, and prevent any vessel sailing transports, and I sailed from Fort from Port Espagne. Royal Bay, the 12th instant, with In the evening, just before dark, the ships and vessels of his majesty's I anchored with the ships of the line squadron under my command, as in order of batile, opposite the per margin*. Lieutenant-gencral enemy's squadron, within random. sir Ralph Abercromby embarked shot of their ships and batteries, and with me in the Prince of Wales. in constant readiness to prevent their
The Invincible had previously escape during the night, wbich I sailed for Barbadoes, with two suspected they might attempt, as transports to embark a part of the all their ‘sails were beut, and they 141h regiment, and the Thorn and appeared perfectly ready for sailing. Zebra were ordered to receive the At two o'clock in the morning detachment from Tobago. The of the 17th we discovered one of Favourite was sent to St. Vincent to their ships on fire, and soon after collect some troops from that island, three others, all of which burnt and the whole were ordered to ren with great fury until near day-light, dezvous at the island of Cariacou, when they were entirely consumed. one of the Grenadines, on or be. One of them having escaped the fore the 13th; and on my arrival conflagration, the boats were sent at that island, the 14th, I found all from the squadron, and she was the ships and transports were as- brought out without having received sembled.
any damage. On the 15th in the morning, I I have great satisfaction in ac• sailed wiib the squadron and tran- quainting their lordships, that this sports, passing between Cariacou squadron of the enemy, commandand Grenada ; and on the 16th ar- ed by rear-admiral Don Sebastian rived off Trinidad, and stood toward Ruiz de Apodaca, were destroyed the Gulf of Paria,' when having or captured according to the list I passed through the great Bocas herewith enclose; and although channel, at half past three in the this service was effected without afternoon, the Spanish squadron were any other act on the part of his discovered at anchor in Shagaramus majesty's squadron under my coinBay, consisting of four sail of the mand, than being placed in such a Jine, under the flag of a rear-admiral, situation as to prevent their escape, and one frigate.
I am fully convinced that had they As the day was well advanced remained at their anchorage unul before I approached the bay, and next day, the officers and men the enemy appeared in strength on whom I have the honour to com. Gasparaux island, which command. mand, would have completed, by ed the anchorage, by batteries erect. their exertion and zeal, the capture ed for that purpose, I ordered the of the whole, notwithstanding the Arethusa, Thorn, and Zebra, to advantage of their situation, under
• Prince of Wales, Bellona, Vengeance, Scipio, Favourite, Zephyr, Terror bomb.
the the cover of about twenty pieces of position: the general took possession cannon and three mortars, which of the town the same evening, and were mounted on Gasparaux island, the 18th, the governor desired to and had been placed there for the capitulate for the whole island, and sole purpose of defending the ships the articles were agreed to, and in the bay: that island, which, like signed the same day; a copy of the ships, had been abandoned dur- which I herewith transmit* ing the night, was taken possession Captain Harvey, of bis majesty's of 3000 after day-light by a party of ship Prince of Wales, will have the the queen's regunent.
honour to deliver this dispatch, from General Abercromby, early in whom I have always experienced the morning, joined the Arethusa, the greatest zeal and attention to and the troops were all landed in his majesty's service. the course of the day, under the I have the honour to be, direction of captain Woolley, covered
Sir, by the Favourite sloop, about three Your most obedient humble servant, miles from the town, without op
List of ships of war burnt and captured in Shagaramus Bay, in the Gulf
of Paria, February 17, 1797, by the squadron under the command of rear-adıniral Harvey. San Vincenté, 84
SR. A. Don Sebastian Ruiz de Apodaca, )
* Captain Don Geronimo Mendoza,
HENRY HARVEY 28. On Sunday afternoon, about evening announces the following four o'clock, a most dreadful fire captures by the vessels employed at broke out at the old family mansion Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands : of the duke of St. Alban's, at Han-' The French corvette Le Cerf Voworth-park, near Hampton, which, lant, by captain Ricketts, of La in the course of three hours, de- Magicienne; the L'Africaine, of stroyed every part of the building, 18 guns, by captain Cook, of the and all the beautiful gallery of Quebec; the General Leveau, 16 paintings, which were an heir-loom guns and 80 men, and a Dutch with the bouse. Yery little of the brig and Spanish schooner by the furniture was saved. The fire broke Resource and Mermaid; the Maria out at the back of the house, near Topaze, of 10 guns and 64 men, by the library, and was occasioned by the Lapwing, captain Burton ; the å girl belonging to the farm-yard Galzo, 18 guns, 124 men, by the lighting her fire too near the win- Alarm, captain Fellows; La Legere, dows; owing to the high wind, the of 6 guns and 48 men, by the Bello. flames caught the shutters, and the na; La Buonaparte, 14 guns, by condagration spread through the La Suffisante, captain Wittman; mansion before any assistance could the L'Espoir, 4 guns and 48 men, be obtained.
by the Lapwing; and a French The ordinary gazette of this schooner of 2 six-pounders and some
• Vide sir Ralph Abercromby's letter.
swivels, swivels, by the Matilda. This ga- Brig Lady Mary Fitzmaurice, zette also contains the following laden with merchandise, sent in by accounts :
the Lapwing recaptured, having Au account of Spanish vessels, de- been taken by a French privateer.
tained (by Admiralty order, being Sloop Ferdinand, laden with merSpanish property) by his majesty's chandise, sent in by the Lapwing, ships and vessels under the com- recaptured, having been taken by a mand of Henry Harvey, Esq. French privateer. rear-admiral of the red, com- Schooner Syren, laden with sugar mander in chief, &c. &c. &c. and cotton, sent in by the Ariadne, Leeward Islands.
part of the cargo condemned as a Schooner Pastora, laden with lawful prize. oxen, hides and cocoa, sent in by Schooner L'Alexandre, laden with the Bull Dog.
warlike stores, sent in by the AriSloop Maria Manuel, laden with adne, condemned as a lawful prize. cattle, sent ip by the George armed Guinea ship, Helen, laden with sloop.
slaves, &c. sent in by the Vene Launch Delbarmen, laden with geance's tender, captured the 7th mules, sent in by the Alarm. of December, 1796, by the Scipion,
Schooner Flora, laden with sun- French corvette. dries, sent in by the Alarm.
Ship Aspinall, laden with slaves, Sloop Prince of Asturias, in bal-' sent in by. L'Aimable, recaptured. last, sent in by the Alarm.
Ship Thomas, Jaden with sugar, - Launch Rosaria, laden with 900 cotfee, and mahogany, sent in by dollars and some hogs, sent in by the Invincible, recaptured. the Alarm.
HENRY HARVEY. Launch San Joseph de Arminas, 29. The earls of Suffolk and laden with corn, sent in by the Oxford were at the levee at St. Alarm.
James's; the former nobleman, who Launch del Carmen, laden with made a motion in the house of lords mules, sent in by the Alarm. . on Monday for the dismissal of Ms.
Sloop San Nicholas, in ballast, Pitt, had a private conference with sent in by the Alarm.'
his majesty before the council comLaunch Rosario, laden with mules, menced, for near twenty minutes, sent in by the Alarm.
in which the noble ear! laid before Launch del Carmen, laden with his majesty a picture of the distressči corn, sent in by the Alarm.
which his ministers had brought on Ship Anna Maria, laden with dry their country. goods, sent in by the Fury. (Signed)
APRIL. Henry HARVEY. An account of vessels recaptured by 1. The London Gazette an
his majesty's ships and vessels nounces the capture of the Spanish under the command of rear briy the Megallanes, of 4 guns, bet admiral Harvey, commander in pierced for 18, and 36 men, by chief, &c. &c. &c. Leeward lieutenant Kent, of the Dover armed Island station.
transport. Ship Britannia, in ballast, sent in
Common-Hall. by the Bull Dog, recap ured, having The lord, mayor, aldermen, and been taken by a French privateer. livery of the city of London assem.