well-directed fire ; and which from its destructive effects on the sails and rigging of the Unicorn and Santa-Margarita, greatly retarded their progress.
At 4 p.m. the Tamise bore round up, both to avoid the fire of the Unicorn, and to pour a broadside into the bow of the Santa-Margarita ; but the latter judiciously evaded the salute, by laying herself close alongside her opponent. This pair of combatants now went off by themselves, engaging with great spirit during 20 minutes ; at the end of which the Tamise, having sustained considerable damage in hull, sails, and rigging, struck her colours.
The Santa-Margarita, whose force was 40 guns, including four 32-pounder carronades, with a complement of 237 men and boys, had only two seamen killed, and her boatswain and two seamen wounded. The Tamise was armed precisely as No. 5 in the table at p. 54, with two additional brass 36-pounder carronades for her maindeck bow-ports, and is represented to have lost, out of a complement of 306 men and boys, 32 killed and 19 wounded, several of them mortally, and the rest badly.
Were it not for the preponderance in the size of the two ships, an undisturbed meeting between the Santa-Margarita and Tamise would have fallen within the line of well-matched cases. Nothing appears that can in any way reflect on the professional character of Captain Fradin and the officers and crew of the French frigate.
As a proof of the modesty with which the captain of the Santa-Margarita communicated the account of his action, the prize is described as "mounting 36 guns," Captain Martin, apparently, deeming it unfair to enumerate the Tamise's carronades, and omit those of the Santa-Margarita. In every prize-list of the time the mounted force of the Tamise is stated at "36 guns." We are therefore happy in having it in our power to correct a mistake, that must, in every way, enhance the merit of the officer by whose skill and gallantry the Tamise was captured. In addition to the assistance which he derived from his first lieutenant, Mr. George Hanson, Captain Martin speaks highly of the services of Captain Joseph Bullen, a volunteer on board the frigate ; and who, shortly afterwards, was promoted to post-rank, as was Lieutenant Harison to the rank of commander.
During the 20 months she had belonged to the French, the Tamise had been a very active cruiser. The Moniteur of the
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