was, we believe, among the mortally wounded in the action, and express it as our conviction, that he evinced a laudable caution in not going out to meet the Blanche, until he was certain that the frigate, so recently seen in her company, had retired to a safe distance. On the part of the British officers and crew, consummate intrepidity was displayed, from the beginning to the end of this long and sanguinary battle. Indeed, a spirit of chivalry seems to have animated both parties ; and the action of the Blanche and Pique may be referred to with credit by either.
At 8 a.m. the 64-gun ship Veteran, Captain William Hancock Kelly, joined the Blanche and her prize, and assisted in exchanging the prisoners. The 64 then took the Pique in tow, and carried her, in company with the Blanche, to the Saintes. The approach of the Veteran to perform this service occasioned the French officers to declare, that that ship must have witnessed the combat, and they refused, at first, to sign the usual head-money certificates, unless the Veteran was named as one of their captors. The fact is, the Veteran, at 3 a.m., while beating up from the Saintes, did see the flashes of the guns, bearing from her east-north-east, but did not gain a sight of the combatants themselves until daylight, which was about a quarter of an hour after the action had terminated ; and, even then, the Veteran was upwards of two hours in endeavouring to reach the spot.
The Pique became afterwards added to the British navy as a 12-pounder 36 ; and Lieutenants Watkins and Milne were both deservedly made commanders. The third lieutenant, and who, on the promotion of these two officers, succeeded to be first of the Blanche, was John Prickett, since dead, as a commander.
On the 13th of March, at 7 a.m., Ushant bearing south half-west, distant 13 leagues, the British 18-pounder 32-gun frigate Lively, Captain George Burlton, acting in the absence of Lord Garlies, sick on shore, while standing down Channel on the starboard tack, discovered three strange sail on the same tack, steering for the coast of France. Chase was given by the Lively ; and soon afterwards, the largest of the three strangers, which was the French 28-gun corvette, or frigate, Tourterelle, Captain Guillaume S. A. Montalan, tacked and stood towards the British frigate.
At 10 h. 30 m. a.m. the two ships having approached within gun-shot on opposite tacks, commenced firing at each other. As soon as she had got abaft the Lively's beam, the Tourterelle wore ; and a close action ensued, which continued until 1 h. 30 m. p.m. ; when the French ship, having had her three topmasts shot away, her remaining masts, rigging, and sails entirely disabled, and her hull greatly shattered, hauled down her colours: Shortly afterwards the Tourterelle's mainmast fell over the side.
The damages of the Lively were chiefly confined to her rigging
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