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An Account of the expedition to Carthagena, with explanatory notes and observations   By: (1704?-1777)

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AN ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITION TO CARTHAGENA, &c.

[Price One Shilling.]

See the Plan of the City and Harbour of Carthagena , published in the LONDON MAGAZINE for April 1740; which will serve to give the Readers of this Pamphlet a clearer Idea of its Contents.

AN

ACCOUNT

OF THE

EXPEDITION

TO

CARTHAGENA,

WITH

EXPLANATORY NOTES

AND

OBSERVATIONS.

THE THIRD EDITION.

Ubi per socordiam vires, tempus, ingenium defluxere, naturæ infirmitas accusatur: suam quique culpam actores ad negotia transferunt. SALLUST.

LONDON: Printed for M. COOPER, at the Globe in Pater noster Row .

MDCCXLIII.

Transcriber's Note: Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Dialect spellings, contractions and discrepancies have been retained. The footnotes are lettered from A to I, K to T and V to Z. Subsequent footnotes repeat the lettering sequence, beginning with an A.

ACCOUNT

OF THE

EXPEDITION

TO

CARTHAGENA, &c.

It having been resolved in a general Council of War, held at Spanish Town, to prevent, if possible, the French Fleet joining the Enemy before any Expedition should be undertaken by Land: the Wolf Sloop, Captain Dandridge , was dispatched up to Port Louis , to observe if the Fleet was in that Port: And on the 22d of January , which was the soonest the Fleet could be got ready for the Sea, Sir Chaloner Ogle and his Division sailed out of Port Royal Harbour; and two Days after Mr. Lestock and his Division; and on the Monday following the Admiral with the rest of the Squadron (leaving behind him the Falmouth and Litchfield to bring up the Transports;) but the Land Breeze failing, and a great Swell rolling down, obliged them to anchor at the Keys (where the Augusta drove ashore, and beat off her Rudder, and great part of her Keel.) On the 28th the Admiral weighed Anchor, and plied up to Windward, and the 31st joined Sir Chaloner Ogle and Mr. Lestock with their Divisions off Port Morant , and the Day following was joined by the Falmouth , Litchfield , and Transports. February the 7th the Fleet made Cape Tiberoon on the Island Hispaniola , and off there was joined by the Cumberland , Captain Stewart , from Lisbon , (who had been separated from the Fleet in the Storm the 1st of November ) and the next Day the Wolf Sloop came into the Fleet[ A ] and brought with her a French Sloop. The 13th the Fleet anchored at the Isle of Vache , about two Leagues to the Westward of Port Louis , where they stayed but four Days, having gained Intelligence the French Fleet was divided, and sailed (the Marquis D'Antin and twelve Sail being gone for Old France , and Mr. Rochefieulle and six Sail for Petit Guavas ) upon which the Fleet went and anchored in Tiberoon , Donna Maria , and Irish Bays, to Wood and Water; and on the 25th sailed from thence, when the Weymouth , Experiment , and Spence Sloop, were dispatched ahead over to Carthagena , to sound Punta Canoa Bay, for the safer anchoring the Fleet, which arrived there the 5th of March in the Evening; and three Days after the same Ships, together with the Dunkirk , were ordered by the Admiral down off Boccachica , to sound and see if the Fleet might safely anchor there, and how near Ships might come to batter the Forts of St. Philip and St. Jago ; and so soon as the Admiral had received the Reports from the Commanders of these Ships, a Council of War was held, wherein it was resolved to send three eighty Gun Ships, the Norfolk , Captain Graves , the Shrewsbury , Captain Townsend , and the Russell , Captain Norris , to batter the Forts abovementioned; the Princess Amelia , Captain Hemmington , to fire against the Fascine Battery, and the Litchfield , Captain Cleveland , against the little Battery of Chamba ; (but these two last the Enemy had abandoned) and accordingly the 9th in the Morning they weighed Anchor from Punta Canoa Bay, together with Sir Chaloner Ogle , and the rest of his Division, (he being to command the Attack) and about two Hours afterwards, the Admiral and the rest of the Fleet got under sail: At Noon the Norfolk , Russell , and Shrewsbury began to cannonade the Forts, and in about three Hours time drove the Enemy from their Guns, and obliged them to abandon their Forts[ B ]: Immediately on this Sir Chaloner Ogle made the Signal for landing the Troops, which was repeated by the Admiral, who was just come to an Anchor, (a little to the Eastward) and about five o'clock in the Evening, a Body of Troops were landed without Opposition; but the General not thinking the Body sufficient, (he landing with them) embarked again in the Boats, and sent for more[ C ]... Continue reading book >>




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