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Virgen del Rosario, 1801
Type: Spanish privateer polacre-ship ; Armament 10 guns (pierced for 20), eight of them long 12, and two long 24, pounders
Launched : Taken 28 Oct 1801 ; Disposal date or year : 1801
Disposal Details : Taken
Propulsion: Complement: 94
28th of October 1801 (Vol iii - page 159)
In a few months afterwards an opportunity occurred in which Lieutenant Wooldridge was more successful. On the 28th of October, Cape de Gata bearing west-north-west distant 20 leagues, the Pasley fell in with and was chased by the Virgen-del-Rosario, of 10 guns (pierced for 20), eight of them long 12, and two long 24, pounders, with a crew of 94 men. Being to windward, the Rosario soon neared the Pasley, and an animated engagement commenced. After the action had continued about an hour, the Pasley, having had her gaff and most of the stays and main rigging shot away, found her opponent's guns, upon the whole, much too heavy. As the readiest mode to reduce this inequality, the Pasley rail athwart the hawse of the Rosario, and lashed the latter's bowsprit to her own capstan. The British crew, in an instant, were on the Spanish ship's decks ; and, after a sanguinary hand-to-hand struggle of about 15 minutes' duration, carried the Rosario.
The Pasley's loss amounted to her gunner, Mr. James Pooke, and two seamen killed, her commander (shot through the left shoulder), master (Ambrose Lions, mortally), first mate (George Davie), and five seamen wounded. The loss on board the privateer was very severe : it consisted of her first and second captains, second lieutenant, two prize-masters, the gunner, and 15 seamen killed, and 13 officers and seamen wounded. Considering the great disparity of force between the two vessel, this must be pronounced a very gallant affair on the part of the Pasley ; and the judgment, promptitude, and valour, displayed by Lieutenant Wooldridge on the occasion, gained him not only the just applause of his superiors, but, that to which he had an equal claim, the rank of commander.