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same gallantry, and be attended with the same success.
Head-quarters, H. M. ship, La Chiffonne, off Rus ul Khima, November 14, 1809.
HoNou RABLE SIR,
I have great pleasure in acquainting you, that the troops landed and took possession of the pirate town and fort of Rus ul Khima, on the 13th instant, and re-embarked this morning; the dows, boats, and stores, were all destroyed, and his town ransacked; from seventy to eighty of these vagabonds were killed, and many must have fallen in the previous bombardment. I enclose a list (No. 1,) of the killed and wounded, and have to lament the loss of capt. Dancy, of H. M. 65th regiment, who was killed by a spear. For my sentiments on the conduct of the troops, I beg leave to refer you to the enclosed copy (No. 2.) of orders issued on the occasion ; and I request permission to recommend captain Tucker, of the marine battalion, to your notice, as a most deserving officer. I am under the greatest obligations to captain Wainwright, commanding the squadron, for his able assistance and co-operation in every arrangement relating to the troops, particularly for the rapid manner in which he enabled us to land, in which the guns were landed, and sent forward, and the orderly manner in which the re-embarkation was effected this morning; and my acknowledgments are particularly due for the assistance of the royal marines of the Chiffoune and Caroline
rates at this port have received a handsome chastisement. I have the honour to be, Honourable Sir, Your most obedient, humble servant, Lion El SMITH, lieut.-col. The hon. the governor of Bombay. No. I. Return of the killed and wounded. Honourable company's artillery, wounded 2 matrosses, and 1 lascar. His Majesty's 65th, 1 captain killed, 1 captain wounded, 1 serjeant do, and 2 rank and file. His Majesty's 84th regiment, attached to the 65th, 1 lieutenant wounded. Marine battalion, wounded 2 sepoys. Total killed, 1 officer. Total wounded, 2 officers, 1 serjeant, and 7 privates. Names of officers killed and wounded. Killed, 65th regiment, captain W. M. Dancy. Wounded, 65th regiment, captain D. Digby; 84th regiment, J. S. Jones. N.WARReN, brig.-maj.
No. II.” Head-quarters, H. M. ship La Chiffonne, Rus ul Khima, Nov. 14, 1800. GENERAL ORDERS BY LIEUTENANTcolonel SMITH.
Parole, Chiffonne, C. S. Wainwright. Lieutenant-col. Smith returns his sincere thanks to all the forces, for their gallantry in the attack on Rus ul Khima; the coolness and good order in which they debarked, shoulder-high in water, and charged the enemy in a heavy sand, was beautiful and truly
soldierlike. The commanding officer of the force is unable to particularize the merit of individuals. All were actuated with the same ardour to punish the ferocious wretches, who have committed such unexampled cruelties, and insulted the British flag. But it is distinctly due to captain Tucker, of the honorable company's marine battalion, (who had important duties imposed upon him, out of his own line of service) to notice, with the most grateful acknowledgments, the exertions of that officer, in command of the field pieces and howitzers, which were served with the most masterly effect. The commanding officer requests, that the officers in command of corps and detachments, will communicate to the men his entire satisfaction of their conduct of yesterday; and they will not lose a moment in giving the strictest attention to the state of their arms and appointments, and to keep them in constant readiness for the further execution of our duties in this quarter. (Signed) N. WARREN, Brigadier major. His majesty's ship, La Chiffonne, Muscat, 1st November. Honourable Sir, We beg leave to notify to your honour in council, the proceedings of the armament under our orders up to this day. Early in the morning of the 15th of September, the honourable company's bomb ketch, Strombolo, foundered; by which melancholy accident two officers and fourteen men perished. The result of a court of enquiry on this unfortunate occurrence has been forwarded to the superintendant of the marine, for the information of goWernment. On the 3d of October, in latitude 20. 29. north longitude 68.04. east, the honourable company's cruizers, named in the margin, “were detached partly to Muscat, and partly to Cape Mucksa, for the purpose of completing their water; and directions were sent to captain Gordon, of his majesty's ship the Caroline, to join the armament off the Bombareck Rock with all the force he could collect ; as well as boats belonging to the Imaum for the purpose of landing troops and pilots for the several ships. On the 20th of October, being fifty leagues eastward of Muscat, from an Arab ship the unpleasant intelligence was gained, that the Caroline was not in that port five days before, neither had any of the cruizers been seen on the Arab's rout from thence. It therefore became absolutelv necessarv. that
the original plan of proceeding against the pirates should be departed from, and that we should proceed to Muscat for information. We were strengthened in that determination from the great reduction of water on board the transports, arising from the defectiveness of many of the casks, and because their commanders had not complied with orders to procure water at Bombay for their respective ships' companies, proportionate to the quantity which had been put on board for the troops. Accordingly the transports anchored at Muscat on the 23d instant, the detached cruizers arriving only at the same time. His majesty's ship the Carolinejoined from Burka two days after, and we found, that captain Gordon had sent the Ternate cruizer to Bombay to refit; and, on application to the resident at Bussora, he had ordered the Vestal to proceed off the Euphrases, and convoy two or three of the ships from thence, and from Bushire to Muscat. By this arrangement the armament has been unfortunately deprived of the services of a very useful vessel, and of twenty-two artillery men, who were embarked on board her, being the whole of the detachment of that corps, except eight. On the 24th instant, in company with Mr. Bunce, the resident, we had a conference with the Imaum, whereat his highness made general professions of good will and cordiality; but we fear we must not reckon upon receiving from him any essential assistance towards destroying the pirates, except trankees and pilots. He, in fact, was very much averse to the armament attacking Rus ul Khima, on the presumption, that the force we had would be insufficient for the purpose. He said, that none but small vessels could approach the town, and that not less than ten thousand men could assail it by land; because the pirates would be assisted by the Bedouin Arabs, to the number of twenty thousand men. This opinion, although given with apparent sincerity, vour honour in council will concludocould not alter our resolution to attack the port, unless insurmountable obstacles should prevent it. The great difficulty of procuring water has detained the ships in port till this time, but we have every hope, that on to-morrow we shall be able to put to sea, accompanied by twenty trankees, in execution of our orders. We have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obdt. humble servants, - J. WAIN w Right, Capt. of H. M. S. La Chiffonne. Lion EL SMITH, - Lieut.-Colonel. To the honourable Jonathan Duncan, Esq. governor in council, &c. Bombay. Extract of a letter, dated Rus ul Khima, 15th November, 1809. I am happy to inform you, that we arrived here safe on the 11th instant. The Minerva was then observed to be lying in much farther than we can approach ; but on our anchoring, she got under weigh, and ran on the beach, when people from the shore were immediately sent to reinforce her; which, at this time, made us think we had no contemptible enemy to cope with. She was flanked by a town full of men, with matchlocks, and a ninepounder; however, after seceiving two or three broad-sides from the Prince of Wales and gun-boats, sent in to the attack, the Arabs deserted her, aud, in the course of an hour from the time the boats left the fleet, this unfortunate vessel was in flames, and coinpletely destroyed by sunset. It is, however, to be regretted, that the Prince of Wales, in performing this essential service, got aground and received the enemy's fire till 10 P.M. when she got off with the loss of two lascars, and her foremast slightly wounded. The next day was passed in making arrangements to ind the troops, and throwing a few shot and shells into the town from the gua boats; the enemy returned the fire with great coolness, but very little effect.
On the 13th, at day break, the attack commenced by the marine battalion, at one end of the town, to attract the fire of the enemy, whilst colonel Smith, with the Europeans, landed at the other; a very stuart fire was kept up from trenches along the beach; but as soon as the troops got footing, the enemy flew in all directions before them into the strong parts of the town, where they were completely concealed from us, and fired their musquetry from the houses, which considerably retarded the progress of our men. I shall not go on detailing what occurred on this most fortunate day; therefore you must be satisfied to hear, that the enemy were driven into the country, all their guns spiked, and the Union Jack flying in the town by noon; about seventy dows (large and small) destroyed by fire, their magazines blown up, and every injury completed by 4 P. M. This was all done with the loss of one captain of the 65th, and three or four men wounded. The troops found considerable plunder in the town; and great quantities of dates and coffee were left there from the laudable anxiety colonel Smith felt to get his men embarked off the burning shore, after the great point was settled. The troops are now all embarked, and we expect to sail to day for Kishme, where there is another nest of pirates. The miserable inhabitants of this place are now collected on the beach, deploring their situation, and ilurying their dead, which we suppose to a mount to 150 or 200 men. The Sultan made his escape on the only horse in the place. Several charts, quadrants, and books, have been found with poor Hopwood's name in them. Mrs. Taylor had sailed for Bushire some days before our arrival here. It is supposed, by the military gentle. men, that there is an European here, who has instructed the inhabitants to throw up batteries, and dig trencies, as they are all done in our style. It is said, in private lett rs from the expedition under the command of lieut. colonel Smith, that several privates of the detachments, both native and Europeans, had been fortunate in securi's considerable sums of money during the ransacking of the town of Rus ul Khima; one soldier, of his Majesty's 65th regiment, is said to have found 1,400 gold Mohurs.
The following are some of the circumstances which attended the loss of the Diamond and Futteh Aliebhoy. The vessels left Bussora, in company with the Bussora packet, on the 29th October last ; and, after touching at Bushire, proceeded on their voyage to this place. On the 5th November, it began to blow a hard gaie ; the weather was at the same time hazy and the sea very high. At four o'clock the next morning, the Diamond found herself amongst breakers, and the next moment struck on the reef that ifies at the N. W. end of the island of Nobflower. An attempt was made to wear the ship, but the rudder going away, the ship was driven on shore and laid on her beam ends. In about a quarter of hour the Futteh Al'ebhoy also struck and shared the fate of the Diamond. Both vessels succeeded in getting all the crew and passengers on shore, with the exception of the serang and one lascar, belonging to the Diamond, who were drowned. In the afternoon, she waters having fallen, and the sea abated a good deal, captain Benson, of the Diamond, went on board, with a few of the best lascars and the second officer, to try if they could save any of the treasure, provisions, and clothes. They found the captain's trunks broken open, and a great many things missing, which they suspected to have been done by the Arab horse-keepers, whose conduct, in other respects, dur
i ing the time of danger and calamity, is represented as having been very mutinous. A considerable part of the treasure, the packet, and a few clothes, with some bags of rice, and about 20 gallons of water, were brought on shore. Some of the horses were found alive; but it was impossible to get them out without cutting a hole in the ship's side; besides which, any attempt to have thus saved them, would only have exposed them to perish on shore for the want of fresh water. A few horses, indeed, did escape from the ship, and swam ashore; but, in consequence of the total want of fresh water, they either died before the people quitted the island, or were left there to perish. The sufferers had but a melancholy prospect before them; the whole number amounted to about 200 souls; the island on which they were cast was completely desolate, not a shrub nor a drop of water to be found. They made large fires, and slept around thern during the night. To their great satisfaction, a ship appeared in sight the next morning, which turned out to be the Bussora packet, that, at the commencement of the gale, had parted company. By the humane exertions of capt. Clement, who immediately went on shore to their assistance, they were all safely embarked on board the Bussora packet before night, except a few, which remained with capt. Clement and capt. Benson till the next morning. Before they finally embarked, they visited both ships, but found it was impossible to do any thing effectual towards saving them.
PRIN cF, of WA LEs’s Is LAND.
Occurrences for JANUARY,
Shipwreck. JAN. 14.—The following is an authentic account of the loss of the ship Dundee, belonging to this port.
The Dundee sailed from Port Jackson on the 12th of August last, and on the 13th, at 8 P. M. it came on to blow a very heavy gale from the S. E. the ship at that time being about twentyfive miles off the land. On the morning of the 14th, found the ship to be on a lee-shore; the gale still blowing with unabated violence, all possible sail was therefore made to endeavour to get off from the land, but without effect; as, notwithstanding every exertion, on the morning of the 15th, she was only about three miles to windward of Coal Island, and utterly unable to clear the island, upon any tack. Under these circumstances, it was found absolutely necessary to bear up, in the hopes of getting fafe anchorage in the entrance of Hunter's river, as the only possible means of saving the ship, and preserving the lives of the people; being, however, unable to carry such sail as was necessary to keep the ship to windward, from the violence of the gale, and a strong fresh running out of the river, it was impossible to weather the breakers on the lee sand shoals: and, at about 8 A. M. the ship struck aft, the sea at the same time making a breach completely over her, where she lay until between 1 and 2 P.M., when she went to pieces. Notwithstanding every possible assistance was rendered from the settlement at Newcastle, after the ship had struck, two of the people's lives were unfortunately lost; and a number of them severely bruised. The brig, Elizabeth, from Otaheite and Goro, which touched at Norfolk Island, on the 8th of Oct. last, brought accounts of a large ship, supposed to be the Port au Prince, from the coast of Peru, having been cut off by the natives of Goro, and the crew, consisting of nearly one hundred men, killed and devoured by the natives. The same accounts mention, that the American brig, Eliza, captain Corrie, had been wrecked on a reef near the same island, and totally lost; and that one of her boats, with six men, had been cut off by the natives, while attempting to save some of the crew. The Eliza is said to have had on board sixty thousand dollars in speClC.
PRINCE of WALEs's Is LAND, Occurrences for February.
February 4.— On Tuesday last, the 31st ultimo, an inquest was held on the body of Elizabeth Bennet, at her dwelling house in George Town.
A jury having been summoned and collected, they proceeded with a coroner, to make an inquiry into the cause of the death. The state of the corpse, as it then appeared, might be more easily imagined than described. The deceased lay stretched on the floor of the bed-room, at the foot of her couch, with her skull shot through, and completely shattered; a pistol, apparently just before discharged, (and with which it was supposed the death was occasioned) was seen hanging on the curtain. \
A long and serious investigation ensued, and among the several witnesses who were examined, were Anthony Baptist, the servant of the deceased, and George Williams, a mariner.— The first of them deposed, that, in the morning he was desired, by his mistress, to go to the house of a friend of her's, and to request that she would spare her some gun-powder and pistolballs, for the purpose of shooting some mad dogs; that the deceased often used to shoot with a pistol, at birds, for amusement. He accordingly conveyed the message, and returned with six small cartridges, which he delivered to his mistress. He stated, that he had reason to believe, that the deceased was not in her right senses; that she frequently got into temporary phrenzies, and used to held this witness, and suddenly grow angry with him without cause; and, also, that she frequently attempted to bite him. That, after having attended the deceased, and the said George Williams at breakfast, he was sent out, by his mistress, to call a tailor, (George Williams having left the house, and she at this time being alone therein); upon his return, he found several of the neighbours in, and near, the house, who had repaired thither in consequence of the report of the pistol. —That this witness then pro