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1810 Light Squadrons and Single Ships 246

Spartan, Captain Jahleel Brenton, accompanied by the frigate Success, and brig-sloop Espoir, being off Monte Circello, discovered one ship, three barks, and several feluccas, at anchor under the castle of Terrecino. The two frigates and brig immediately made all sail ; and, on arriving off the town, Captain Brenton detached the boats of the squadron, under the orders of Lieutenant William Augustus Baumgardt of the Spartan, assisted by Lieutenant George Rose Sartorius of the Success, to endeavour to bring the vessels out.

At about 30 minutes past noon the boats pulled for the shore, covered by the ships ; and Captain Mitford, with great energy and judgment, ran in with the Espoir and sounded under the batteries. Shortly afterwards the two British frigates and brig came to an anchor, and began cannonading the shore and the batteries. In the mean time Lieutenant Baumgardt, with the boats, pulled into the road, and, in the face of a heavy fire, gallantly boarded the ship ; which mounted six guns, and has defended for some time by her crew. At length the latter abandoned her to the British ; who also took possession of the three barks, and brought off their four prizes with no greater loss than one seaman killed and two wounded,

On the 1st of May, having detached the Espoir, Captain Brenton was cruising with the Spartan and Success ; when, at 5 h 40 m. p.m., the south-west point of the island of Ischia bearing south-east distant three miles, two ships, a brig, and a cutter were discovered in the bay of Naples. These were the French frigate Cérès and corvette Fama, the Cyane's old opponents, * with the armed brig Sparvière and cutter Achille. The two British frigates immediately bore up and crowded sail in pursuit, with the wind from the south-west ; and at 7 p.m. the French squadron put about and made all sail for Naples, chased nearly into the mole by the Spartan and Success.

On the 2d, at daylight, the Cérès and her consorts were seen at anchor. The two British frigates then stood out towards the entrance of the bay ; and Captain Brenton, feeling satisfied that the French commodore would not put to sea while two British frigates were cruising off the port, detached the Success, that evening to the Spartan's rendezvous, from five to ten leagues south-west of the island of Capri. The Spartan then stood back into the bay, with the intention, by daylight the next morning, of showing herself off the mole of Naples, in the hope to induce the French squadron to sail out and attack her. But Prince Murat had formed a bolder design than Captain Brenton gave him credit for. Having caused to be embarked in the frigate and corvette, 400 Swiss troops, and directed seven large gun-boats, with one long French 18-pounder each, to accompany the squadron,, the prince ordered the commodore to

* See p. 174.

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