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The Audacious, and the El Corso Brig to take Charge of this Prize.
At Half past One P M. the Frigates and Cor: vette tacked to the Westward, but the Line of Battle Ship not being able to tack without coming to Action with the Alexander, bore up.
The Succefs being to Leeward, Captain Peard, with great Judgment and Gallantry, lay across his Hawfe, and raked him with several Broadsides : in pafsing the French Ship's Broadside, several Shot struck the Succefs, by which One Man was killed, and the Matter and Eight Men wounded.
At Half past Four, the Foudroyant and Nora thumberland coming up, the former fired Two Shot, wisen the French Ship fired her Broadlide and struck her Colours. She proved to be the Genereux, of Seventy-four Guns, bearing the Flag of RearAdmiral Perrée, Commander in Chief of the French Naval Force in the Mediterranean, having a Num: ber of Troops on board from Toulon, bound for the Relief of Malta. I attribute our Success this Day to be principally owing to the extreme good Management of Lieutenant William Harrington, who commands the Alexander in the Abfence of Captain Ball; and I am much pleased with the gallant Behaviour of Captain Peard, of the Success, as also with the Alacrity and good Conduct of Captain Martin and Sir Edward Berry.
I have sent Lieutenant Andrew Thompfon, First Lieutenant of the Foudroyant, to take Charge of the Genereux, whom I beg Leave to recommend to your Lordship for Promotion; aad have sent her under Care of the Northumberland and Alexander to Syracuse, to wait your Lordship’s Orders. I have the Honor to be, My Lord, &c. &c. &c.
Downin - Street, April 28, 1800.
Extract, has been received from the Right
Vienna, April 17, 1800.
that the Campaign has opened in Italy by an jinportant Success on the side of the Auftrians. On the 6th Instant General Melas attacked the several Posts occupied by the French to the Northward and Westward of Savona and Vado, and drove them from the Positions of Torre la de Buona,. Monte Notte, and several others : Some of these Posts were strongly entrenched, and one of them defended by Three Thousand Men; but they were carried by the Courage and Conduct of the Auftrain Troops, who appear to have acquired much Honor on this Day.
The Enemy retired with Precipitation on Vado and Savona, leaving their Cannon and about Three Hundred Prisoners, among whom is a Chef de Brigade and several Officers of Distinction. In the Night between the 6th and 7th the 'Troops evacuatcd Vado, having dettroved the Stores and spiked the Cannon, and retired by Sea, towards Nice. Their Number is supposed to have been between Seven and Eight Hundred.
The Austrians took Poffeflion of the Fort of Vado in the Morning, and found Seventeen Pieces of heavy Artillery. General Melas immediately invested Savona.
LONDON GAZETTE 01 MAY 3, 1800.
Admiralty-Office, May 3, 1800.
Esq; Rear- idmiral of the White, to Evan Nepcar
ed Twelve Sail from the Mait Head, but at the Close of the Day could ascertain no more than that Three or Four were Men of War; I therefore attempted to anticipate their Manceuvres, that I might fall in with them the next Morning, and at Three o’Clock we crossed on one, which the Emerald boarded; from her I learnt that she had failed the 3d Instant, with Thirteen Sail under Convoy of Three Frigates.-At Daybreak we could only see a Brig, wich was so nigh and the Weather inclined to be calm, that I sent the Boats of the Leviathan and Emerald under my Second Lieutenant, Gregory,
to capture her, and after a smart kirmish of Forty Minutes they succeede'; she mounted Fourteen Guns, with Forty fix Men, and bound to Lima : by this Time we saw Three Sail, Eait, West, and South, ia consequence, the Swiftfure being much to Lee
ward, ward, I made her Signal to chace South, the Emerald East, and stood Westward in the Leviathan, with a very light Air, when, at Noon, the Emerald made the Signal for Six Sail in the North East ; this induced me to stand directly to the Eastward, and at the Close of Day we saw Nine Sail from the Malt Head; it was then nearly Calm, and continued so till Eleven o'Clock P. M. when a fresh Breeze sprang up from the South West, and I steered North in
hopes of crossing them : at Midnight we observed * Three Sail, and as we approached them faft, at Two o'Clock I plainly faw Two of them were Frigates, ftanding to the N. N. W. and close together, I therefore kept on a Parallel with them, and proportioned
my Sail to theirs, that I might commence the Attack just before Daybreak; because I feared the Vefsels under their Convoy (which I judged must be near) would, on our commencing a Fire, separate, and we might lose them all ; at this Time the Emerald being near, I hailed and acquainted Captain Waller with my Intentions -At Dawn of Day I bore down upon the Two Frigates, which evidently had taken us for Part of their Convoy, and upon hailing one of them, she directly endeavoured to make all possible Sail, as did the other close upon her Bow, on which I directed a Volley of Musketry to be fired, concluding they would strike; but this not having the defired Effect, I gave a Yaw, and discharged all the Guns before the Gangway at her Yards and Masts, but it was not successtul in bringing any of them down ; at this Time Captain Waller very ju, licioufly shot up to the Leeward one, and in a few Minutes we fo disabled their Sails and Rigging, that on my being in a Position to have fired a Broadfide, into them both, they struck their Colours: during this the Spaniards kept up a straggling Fire, and I should not do Justice to their Captains were I to omit faying, that from the Moment of their disco