officer: a second gun-boat was blown into the air; but, very providentially, all the crew were picked up alive.
The business at the arsenal completed, Sir Sidney and his brave followers proceeded towards the basin, in front of the town, in order to effect what the Spaniards had reported impracticable; but, in the mean time, the bottom had been laid across the narrow entrance, and the British were received with such repeated vollies of musketry, as compelled them to abandon the enterprise. They then proceeded to destroy two 74s lying in the inner road, filled with French prisoners. These had hitherto evinced a disposition to resist ; but the conflagration around them, and particularly the late awful explosion, induced them to accept, with thanks, Sir Sidney's offer to land them in a place of safety. This was rather a hazardous undertaking, as the prisoners were by far more numerous than the British: it was, however, effected; and the Héros and Thémistocle contributed their share to illumine the magnificent scene.
Having now effected as much as they were able, and more than, considering how ill they had been seconded, and how obstinately opposed, could possibly have been expected from them, Sir Sidney and his little party were preparing to rejoin their friends outside, when, a second powder-vessel, the frigate Montréal, exploded close to them, with a concussion greater even than the first. The tender and the three boats, although within the sphere of the falling timber, which made the water foam around them, received, extraordinary as it must appear, not the slightest injury.
Exhausted in strength, so much so, indeed, that the men fell upon their oars, the British stood slowly out towards the fleet ; heeding little, after their last narrow escape, the few ill-directed shot that were fired at them from forts Balaguier and Aiguilette.
As well as we can collect from the official accounts published on the subject, the following were the British naval officers, who accompanied Sir Sidney Smith in his perilous undertaking: Captains Charles Hare and William Edge; Lieutenants Charles Tupper, John Gore, John Melhuish, Richard Holloway, Matthew Wrench, Thomas F. Richmond, Ralph Willett Miller, John Stiles, Charles Dudly Pater, Robert Gpmbier Middleton, Henry Hill, Joseph Priest, James Morgan, and Francis Cox ; master, George Andrews; surgeon, William Jones; midshipmen, John Eales, Richard Hawkins, Thomas Cowan, William Knight, Henry Matson, Paul H. Valliant, and Mr. Young, who was killed. Among the officers wounded in Fort Mulgrave on the 17th, we find the name of Lieutenant Thomas Goddard and Midshipman John Wentworth Loring.
The commencement of the conflagration of the shipping had been the signal for evacuating the town ; and, under the able management of Captains Elphinstone, of the Robust, late governor of Fort Lamalgue, Hallowell, of the Leviathan, and
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