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Lord Hood showed at once his judgment and his sense of the value of Sir Sidney's services, by appointing him to be the bearer of the despatches to England, containing an account of these stir
SHIPS OF THE LINE.
List of ships of the line, frigates, and sloops, of the department of Toulon. In the road where the English fleet entered Toulon :
Burnt at Leghorn.
Guns. Now with the English fleet.
74 Guns. Le Commerce de Marseilles Remaining at Toulon. 120 | Le Genereux
74 Le Pompée
Now with the English fleet.
40 Le Tonnant
L'Aréthuse Le Centaur
74 Fitted out by the English. Le Commerce de Bor
- 74 Put into commission by order Le Destin
of Lord Hood.
32 Le Héros
Remaining in the power of Le Thémistocle
the Sardinians. Le Dugay Trouin 74
32 Sent into the French ports
SLOOPS. on the Atlantic, with French Now with the English fleet. seamen, &c.
26 Le Patriote 74 Le Tarleston
Burnt at Toulon. L'Orion 74 La Caroline
20 L'Entreprenant 74 L'Auguste
ring events. He was favourably-indeed, without incurring the blame of exaggeration, we may
Guns. Fitted out by the English. In the harbour, in want of La Belette
repair : La Prosélyte
SHIPS. La Şincère
20 Burnt at Toulon. Le Mulet
74 La Moselle
80 Fitted out by the Neapolitans. Le Conquerant
74 Le Dictateur
Remaining at Toulon. Fitted out by the Spaniards.
80 La Petite Aurore
74 Le Pluvier
74 Fitting out when the English
Unfit for Service. fleet entered Toulon : L’Alcide
SHIPS OF THE LINE.
Burnt at Toulon.
Burnt at Toulon.
32 Le Suffisant 74 L'Iphigenie
16 Now with the English fleet. Le Puissant
74 Having on board the powder
magazines, burnt at Toulon. Remaining at Toulon.
32 Le Dauphin Royal 120
Burnt at Toulon. Le Serieuse
Fitted out by the English as a
bomb-ketch. La Lutine
say, was enthusiastically received in London. He was caressed at the Admiralty, and distinguished at the court of his sovereign.
As it is our office to record the events of Sir Sidney's life more as a public than as a private character, we shall not inflate these volumes with anecdotes, which, however pleasing in themselves, have nothing to do with the official career of his usefulness and of his glory. It will be sufficient to say, that, during his short cessation from actual service, he was sought for and cherished in the best and most distinguished circles.
Guns. Remaining at Toulon.
Taken by the English. La Bretonne 18 L'Imperieuse
40 La Modeste
32 In commission before the Eng
20 lish fleet entered Toulon:
At Ville Frunche.
24 La Duquesne 74 | Le Hazard
30 FRIGATES AND SLOOPS
24 La Sensible
32 La Melpomène
. La Minerve
La Junon La Fortunée
Building. La Flèche 24 One ship of
74 La Fauvette 24 Two frigates
40 VOL. I.
10 In ordinary at Toulon
Appointed to the Diamond His services on the Channel
station-Attacks two French ships under La Hogue-Destroys a French corvette-Attacks a French squadron which had taken shelter in the Port of Herqui.
Having, by the late splendid though incomplete operations, given earnest to his superior officers, and to the country at large, that he was possessed of abilities of the highest order, Sir Wm. Sidney Smith was appointed by the Lords of the Admiralty, in the commencement of the year 1794, to the command of the Diamond frigate, on the station of the British Channel.
The officers and the crew of the Diamond soon experienced the beneficial effects of his enlightened and energetic command. At this period very many and very hurtful prejudices existed in the service. A mixture of firmness and conciliation in the carrying out of improve
ments soon removed most of the anomalies that interfered with the due efficiency of the force under Captain Sir Sidney Smith's command. The Diamond became one of the most perfect specimens of a vessel of war in the British navy. Next to the conquest or destruction of the enemy, the greatest glory that can be achieved by the commander is the ennobling of the force under his
government by judicious expedients, and the employing an enlightened discipline to enable him to do so.
It would be tedious to enumerate all the minutiæ of a blockading cruise in the Channel—the chase by day, and the dangerous approximation to the enemy's harbour by night—the interchange of shot with the batteries, and the verifying of the charts, under the very guns of the enemy, by soundings in the boats. Though each of these operations may seem to be but a little matter of itself, the whole makes a service no less arduous than it is necessary. Insignificant as this may appear to be, it affords an ample field in which the abilities of the officer in command can be fairly and almost fully tested.
No sooner had the year 1795 been ushered in by the din of a war soon to become almost universal, than the government at home received what was considered to be authentic information that the French feet, under Admiral Villare de Joyeuse,