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Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I   By: (1777-1856)

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Transcriber's note: Minor spelling inconsistencies, mainly hyphenated words, have been harmonised. Obvious printer errors have been repaired. The Latin number (i) in the text refers to a transcriber's note at the end of this e book.

MEMOIRS AND CORRESPONDENCE

OF

ADMIRAL LORD DE SAUMAREZ.

FROM ORIGINAL PAPERS IN POSSESSION OF THE FAMILY.

BY SIR JOHN ROSS, CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON: RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET, Publisher in Ordinary to her Majesty. 1838.

LONDON: PRINTED BY SAMUEL, BENTLEY, Dorset Street, Fleet Street.

Transcriber's note: Minor spelling inconsistencies mainly hyphenated words have been harmonised. Obvious printer errors have been corrected, but the original spelling has been retained.

The Latin number (i) behind a word refers to the transcriber's notes at the end of this e book.

CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

CHAPTER I.

Genealogy of the family of Saumarez. Curious Record. Branches of the late family. Marriage of the late Lord de Saumarez. Page 7

CHAPTER II.

Commencement of his Career. His Education. Visit of the Duke of Gloucester to Guernsey. Decides for the Navy. Is put on the Solebay's books. School at London. Embarks in the Montreal. Winchelsea, Pembroke, Levant. Smyrna. Returns home. Passes for Lieutenant. Embarks in the Bristol. Proposal to leave the Navy. Attack on Fort Sullivan. Gallant Conduct. Is made Lieutenant. Bristol, Chatham, Lady Parker. Commands the Spitfire. Rhode Island. Many Engagements. War with France. Appearance of the French Fleet under D'Estaing. Spitfire burnt. Appearance of Lord Howe. Page 14

CHAPTER III.

Serves ashore. Returns to England in the Leviathan. Providential escape from shipwreck. Visits Guernsey. Joins the Victory. A journey to London. Joins the Fortitude. Battle off the Dogger Bank. Anecdotes of Admiral Parker. Lieut. Saumarez promoted to the rank of Master and Commander. Appointed to the Tisiphone. Sails for the West Indies with Admiral Kempenfelt. Action with Comte de Guichen. Captures a French ship of thirty six guns. Is despatched to Sir Samuel Hood. Arrives at Barbadoes. Escapes from two French men of war. Passes through an intricate channel. Joins Sir Samuel Hood. Gallant conduct in cutting out a vessel. Tisiphone ordered home. Fortunate exchange with Captain Stanhope. Takes command of the Russel. Page 41

CHAPTER IV.

Situation of the Hostile Fleets. Surrender of Brimstone Hill. Junction of the Fleets. Antigua. St. Lucia. Sailing of the French Fleet under Comte de Grasse. Action of the 9th of April. 12th of April. Gallant conduct of the Russel. Captain Saumarez returns to Jamaica. Comes to England with Convoy. Is paid off at Chatham, and confirmed a Post captain. Page 65

CHAPTER V.

Captain Saumarez returns to Guernsey. His exemplary Conduct. Visits Cherbourg. Is introduced to the French King. Returns. Changes at Guernsey. Prince William Henry visits the Island twice. His Reception. Appearance of Hostilities in 1787. Captain Saumarez is appointed to the Ambuscade, and pays her off. His Letter on his Marriage. Remarks thereon. Armament of 1790. Saumarez commissions and pays off the Raisonable. War of 1793. Appointed to command the Crescent. First Cruise; takes a prize and saves Alderney. Second Cruise; captures a cutter. Third Cruise. Return. Crescent docked and refitted. Page 84

CHAPTER VI.

Crescent refitted. Sails for the Channel Islands. Falls in with the French frigate La RĂ©union. Particular account of the action. Letters from Captain Saumarez to his brother. Brings his prize to Portsmouth... Continue reading book >>


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