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Brig Einu, ten guns, twenty-five men, from Portsmouth for Botany Bay, with forty-nine women-convicts, the brig was sent into New York by the Holkar, of that port. The convicts and prisoners were landed on the Island of St. Vincents (one of the Cape de Verds), with a stock of provisions sufficient to last them four months. On this Island there is no want of water.
The brig Ann, 10 guns, from Liverpool for New Providence, richly laden with dry-goods and crates, worth $100,000, sent into Marblehead by the Growler.
The privateer Hunter, of Salem, captured an English transport carrying ten guns, laden with military stores, but unfortunately this vessel was recaptured, and sent into Halifax.
The Paul Jones privateer captured on the 15th of April, the British ship Lord Sidmouth, having on board a valuable cargo, besides $80,000 in specie, which was removed to the privateer.
About the 1st of June the privateer Decatur, Captain Nichols, of Newburyport, was captured by the British frigate Surprise.
A SEVERE COMBAT.
While Captain John Murphy, in the privateer Globe, of Baltimore, was cruising off the coast of Portugal, he fell in with an Algerine sloop-of-war, when a severe engagement ensued between them. Although the action was continued for a period of three hours, at half-ginshot distance, it is strange to relate that the Globe lost not a man, and had but two wounded. The shot of the Algerine almost invariably passed over her adversary, the Globe having received no less than eightytwo shot through her sails. , How much the sloop-of-war
suffered was not ascertained, but from all appearances, she must have been terribly hulled and cut to pieces.
The Globe hauled off to repair damages, and the Algerine seemed unwilling to renew the conflict, so that both parties probably esteemed it a drawn battle, and accordingly separated.
DESPERATE BATTLE BETWEEN THE PRIVATEER GENERAL ARMSTRONG, CAPTAIN CHAMP
LIN, AND A BRITISH FRIGATE-A CRUISE IN THE PRIVATEER-BRIG YANKEE-BRIG AXN, A PRIZE TO THE SNAP. JRAGON—SEVERAL PRIZES BY THE SAUCY JACK, OP CHARLESTON--HOW PRIVATEERS MANAGE TO TAKE MERCHANT VESSELS OUT OF A FLEET-A COUP-DE-MAIN-EXPLOSION OF A PRIVATEER-PRIVATEER WASP CAPTURED, AFTER A RUNNING FIGHT OF NINE HOURS-A VALUABLE PRIZE BY THE PRIVATEER SWAP-DRAGON-BRAVE DEFENCE OF THE SCHOONER LOTTERY-A GALLAXT ACTION BY THE PRIVATEER DOLPHIN, CAPTAIN STAFFORD, OFF CAPE ST. VINCENT, WITH AN ENGLISH SHIP AND A BRIG-HE CAPTURES TIEM BOTH-PATRIOTISM OF THE CITY OF BALTIMORE-INTERESTING CRUISE OF THE FAMOCS CAPTAIN BOYLE, ON THE COAST OF BRAZIL AND AMONG THE WEST INDIA ISLANDS.
FROM A CHARLESTON PAPER OF APRIL 5TH. "UNEQUALLED BRAVERY.- Arrived at this port, yesterday, the privateer-schooner Gen. Armstrong, Guy R. Champlin, Esq., commander, of New York, from a cruise. The following is an extract from her log-book :
“ March 11th, 1813.—These twenty-four hours commence with moderate breezes and cloudy weather. At half-past 5 A.m., tacked to the southward and eastward. At 7 discovered a sail bearing S.S.E. At half-past 7 discovered her to be at anchor under the land. At 8, she got under way, half-past 8, she got sail on her, and stood to the northward ; she fired three guns at us and hoisted English colors. We were then in five fathoms water, and about five leagues to the eastward of the mouth of Surinam river. At ten minutes past I, we fired the centre gun and hoisted American colors. At forty-five minutes after, she tacked and stood as near us as the wind would permit, keeping up a brisk fire on us from her main-deck guns. At a quarter-past 10, we
standing to the northward, and having the advantage of reconnoitering her with our spy-glasses, were of opinion she was a British letter-of-marque, and unanimously agreed to bear down and board. At half-past 10, put our helm up, and bore down on her with intention to give her our starboard broadside, and to wear ship, and give her our larboard broadside, which was all ready for the purpose, and board her. This was all done with the exception of boarding; we found she was a frigate, pierced for fourteen guns on the main-deck, six on the quarter-deck, and four on the forecastle; she had her starboard tacks on board. The wind being light, and keeping up a constant fire, our vessel lay ten minutes like a log; we shot away her foretopsail tie, and her mizzengaff halyards, which brought her colors down, and her inizzen and main-stay. We thought she had struck, and ceased firing, but we soon saw her colors flying again. We recommenced the action. She lay for a few minutes apparently unmanageable, but soon got way on her, and opened a heavy fire on us from her starboard broadside and maintop, no doubt with the intention of sinking us. We lay for the space of forty-five minutes within pistolshot of her ; our captain standing by the centre gun, fired one of his pistols and snapped the other, when he was wounded by a musket ball from the ship's maintop. The ball passed through his left shoulder. He walked aft to the doctor, and had his wound dressed. We luffed to windward, and forereached on her. In this action we had six men killed and sixteen wounded, and all the halyards of the headsails shot away, the foremast and bowsprit one-quarter cut through, and all the fore and main shrouds but one shot away ; both mainstays and running rigging cut to pieces ; a great number of shot through our sails, and several between wind and water,
which caused our vessel to leak. There were also a number of shot in our hull. In this situation we began to make sail from her; got the foresheet aft, and the jib and top-gallant-sail on her, and by the assistance of our sweeps, we soon got out of gunshot. During the time we were getting away from her, she kept up a welldirected fire for our foremast and foregaff, but without effect."
COMPLIMENT TO VALOR.
At a meeting of the stockholders of the private armed schooner Gen. Armstrong, Guy R. Champlin, Esq., commander, convened at Tammany Hall, pursuant to public notice, on Wednesday evening, 14th of April, 1813, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Resolved, That the agents be requested to transmit the thanks of this meeting to Captain G. R. Champlin, his officers, and crew, for their gallant defence in an action sustained between the Gen. Armstrong and a British frigate, off Surinam.
" Resolved, That the agents present Captain G. R. Champlin with a sword, at the expense of the stockholders, for his gallant conduct in the rencontre above mentioned.
“ Resolved That the above resolutions be published.
“ THOMAS FARMER, Chairman.
“THOMAS JENKINS, Secretary.".
REMARKS ON THE ACTION.
The writer was intimately acquainted with Captain Guy R. Champlin for many years. He was a native of New London, Connecticut. A more worthy and brave patriot, it would be difficult to find in any country.