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GOODWIN KEATS, Esq.
REAR-ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE SQUADRON,
THIS NINETEENTH VOLUME OF THE
IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED
BY THE PROPRIETOR AND EDITORS.
PLATES IN VOLUME XIX,
From Original Designs.
FRONTISPIECE.. Vonument of Captain RICHARD Rrudne Bur
GESS, late of his majesty's slip the Ardent. Engraved by
the late Captain G. Duff, in the battle of Trafalgar, where
1 CCXLVIII. Portrait of Captain Joseph Ellison. Engraved by
Couk, from a Miniature in the possession of Mrs. Ellison ib. CCXLIX. View of LA GUAYRA, on the Spanish Main. Engraved by Rickards, from a Drawing by G.T.
49 CCL. Portrait of Sir Charles Handy, kint. Adiniral of the White
Squadron. Engraved by II. R. Cook, from a Painting by
89 CCLI. View of Lisbon Rock. Drawu and engraved by BENNET.. 138 CCLII. Portrait of Captain Edward BULLER. Engraved by II. R. Cook, from a Painting by M. KEELING..
177 CCLIII, View of Captain Ellison's Action, off Guernsey, with an
Enemy's Squadron, Engraved by RICKARDS, from a Draw.
... 217 CCLIV. Portrait of the late Joux Mackride, Esq. Admiral of the
Blue Squadron. Lygraved by Cook, from a Painting by
263 CCLV. View of the Islands of Redonda and Nevis, in the West
Indies. Engraved by Hall, from a Drawing by G. T..... 308 CCLVI. Portrait of John lloLLOWAY, Esq. Vice-admiral of the Red Squadron, &c. Drawn and engraved by Cook
$58 CCLVII. View near BERGEN, on the coast of Norway. Engraved by Hall, from a Drawing by G.T....,
405 CCLVIII. Portrait of Captain CHARLES LYDIAND. Engraved by Coox, from a Paiting by LIVESAY
441 CCLIX. View of the harbour of Rro DE JANEIRO, Engraved by BENVLi, from a Drawing by Pococa
481 CCLY, FRONTISPIICE :o this l'olume.
THE Nineteenth Volume of the Naval CHRONICLE CONtains various interesting documents relative to the present eventful crisis; and, by its biographical memoirs, has rendered the ser vices of some of our naval officers more generally known,
If it should be objected, that we do not always select the most renowned and distinguished of our naval heroes, it may be replied, that such officers do not so much require the adventitious assistance of the biographer, as men of equal merit though nog of equal celebrity. At the present awful crisis of civilized Eur rope, amidst the general wreck and degradation of the continent, whilst the storm is still raging, and the gloom of military tyranny is deepening on all sides, it is devoutly to be wished, that our endless factions and parties would think only of employing men of the most high and established professional merit. There is a dreadful stagnation in the service, a dead calm, hitherto unprecedented in the long and desperate contest in which we have been engaged. The country, and its natural bulwark, the BRITISH NAVY, wants men who will dare to act and think, without that eternal wavering, and looking to others for an opinion, which paralyses all national exertions. A greater portion of talent ought to be afloat; and we know that we deliver the general sentiments of our countrymen when we express a wish, that the venerable Lord Barham were again stationed at the helm, and the experience and determined spirit of Earl St. Vincent again seen and felt on his old station off Cadiz. Beloved as that ve:teran admiral is by the Spaniards, and intimately connected as he has long been with their Admiral, Mazaredo, he would long ere this have placed the French and Spanish fleets out of the reach of Corsican perfidy and usurpation. The moment, we fear, has been lost, and the subjugation of Spain, notwithstanding its rising patriotism, will probably be the consequence.
Amidst the BIOGRAPHY of the present volume, the Memoirs of Captain Ellison, of Admiral Holloway, and of Captain Lydiard, are fully detailed, and from sources of no common authority. In our CORRESPONDENCE, the reader will have noticed many interesting and valuable communications. Our friend, BonnyPheasant, page 38, favoured us with much additional information respecting Sir Edward Pellew; and we have also to thank him for his extracts from the scarce and valuable Naval SpecuJations, by Henry Maydman (page 42), continued from our preceding volume. With other acceptable communications, unecessary here to detail, we have particularly to notice the excellent correspondence of A. F. Y. which commenced at page 196; the letter of Mercator (page 202); the report of Rear-Admiral Sir Sydney Smith, at the Dardanelles, to Sir John Duckworth, (page 292); and the letter (page 287), containing Remarks on the Parliamentary Duties of Naval Officers.
In the selection of NAVAL POETRY, we have to thank a friend for his extract from Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, The Winning of Cales (page 140); and most sincerely do we wish, what that excellent old ballad
says“ That Cales was taken, and our brave general
Marched to the market.place, where he did stand." At page 241, in the extracts from the Lay of the last Minstrel, canto 6, the author's name, Mr. Walter Scott, was inadvertently omitted.
The Letters on SERVICE in the present volume detail some extraordinary instances of that daring spirit and gallantry which continue to appear throughout our navy. The judgment and bravery of Lieutenant Tracey, commander of the Linnet brig, are acknowledged by Admiral Montagu (page 82), in the capture of la Courier French lugger privateer.—The courage with which Lieutenant Walter Foreman, of the Herald, Capt. Hony, cut out an armed Trabaccolo, under cover of the night, whilst at anchor under the fortress of Otranto, notwithstanding a heavy fire from the shore and the vessel, is acknowledged by Lord Collingwood (page 155).-The capture of the Danish islands, St. Thomas, St. John, and their dependencies, by Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane and General Bowyer, is detailed (page 156-169).---The testimony of Vice-Admiral Dacres to the activity of Captain Douglas, of the Reindeer sloop, who