Journal of the Proceeding of the Fleet under the command of
Admiral Gambier from the
August to 2nd September 1807
of orders and letters received and written
Keats…informing me that there are a considerable number of
vessels assembled at Eroe, and that some troops have been marched
into Nyborg. He has dismantled the Telegraph at Sproë.
”is not in a condition to be employed as a vessel of force”,
derfor [appointed] til “a hospital ship for the service of the
right wing of the army on its approach towards the south west part
of the town, which lies on the harbour, being greatly annoyed in
its operations by the enemy’s Gun Boats, I am very desirous by
this to afford them any support that may be practicable by sea.
The passage between Amach and Zealand which leads to the above
point, without passing through the harbour, is represented to be
so shallow as not to admit vessels of a magnitude calculated for
the above purpose, but desiring to be fully acquitted with this
fact, I have ordered Cpt. Phillips (‘Bonetta’) to proceed to
the said passage, and carefully explore in his boats to see if any
effectual co-operation can be afforded to the army, and for this
purpose he is furnished with a flat, or mid hud-boat, which has
been taken from the enemy, and two long 18-pounders.
received information that the enemy is meditating an attack on our
Transports from Elsinore, I have apprised Cpt. Bligh there of and
dedicated him to make all anchor to the southward of the
‘Alfred’, except a few of those, that are armed, which are to
be placed in advance for the Gun Boats to assemble near them.
to the Honourable Mr. Pole transmitting a Journal from the 17th
to 25th incl.
Our batteries being advanced beyond the Windmill, have opened
their fire on the block ship, 2 Prams, and Gun Boats, which have
placed themselves in a position to annoy the army in its advances
to this part of the town. Observed an explosion among the Gun
Boats, which appeared as if one of them had blown up.
of the prams was towed into the harbour apparently disabled. I
regret that from the vast force of the combined defences of the
harbour’s mouth, our Advanced Squadron cannot act with any
effect against them.
går igen i land til Cathcart. Hører om de engelske troppers
fremrykning og] I have since learnt [efter Cathcarts afvisning af
Peymanns krav om 36 timers våbenvile for at fjerne sine syge]
that the Danes have fired into the Hospital, and killed and
wounded several of our men.
og hans Bælt forsvar beskrives. Det
Phillips of the ‘Bonetta’ to be furnished with a flat Danish
Vessel detained by the Belette, to assist in guarding the pass
between Amack and Zealand.
outer block ship (64 guns) being in a position to annoy our
operations on shore, I determined to make an attempt to destroy
her. Four of the Lamches armed with Howitzers for firing Carcasses,
attended by a number of our other boats, were accordingly this
evening assembled alongside the ‘Cambrian’, the advanced ship,
for the above purpose, to be employed under the orders of Cpt.
Arthur of the ‘Vesuvius’, who conceives it possible to
approach her by surprise, having passed round her about 9
o’clock last night, without being hailed, and other boats having
at different times done the same. The time chosen for this attempt
was between 9 and 10, but the night proving too light the boats
Pierrepont og en svensk læge forhindrer danske tropper i at bevæge
sig fra Køge Bugt til Amager. Russisk fregat vil landsætte båd
i Køge Bugt. Afvises. 2 fiskere fra Vedbæk tillades at sejle til
Sverige for at afhente salt og tobak “for the supply of that
svensk kurer tages i Dragør på vej til Sverige. Han
“informs me the town is in considerable distress for water,
since many of the pipes by which it was supplied, have been cut
off by our army.
says the harbour’s mouth is defended by a boom as well of the
styrker forøges. Gambiers
og Cathcarts Proclamation medsendes til brug for “obtaining
being thought advisable to throw up a battery of heavy guns of the
line which is in the rear of the Crown Battery, and near the block
ships, it has been decided between Lord Cathcart and myself, that
the said battery shall be built and served by the assistance of
seamen from the fleet. (130
mænd under ledelse af King, ’Hebe’).
Our operations on shore going on as yesterday, the enemy
frequently firing into our advanced posts.
The Danes still refuse to remove their sick and lunatics from the
Hospital that forms one of the advanced posts in the centre of our
Line and persist in firing on the building, if we occupy it, even
to the destruction of their own people. This evening the boats
were again assembled in readiness for the attack on the Danish
block ship, but the night was again found too light for the
og sandsække til Hæren, Sømænd til batteriet ved “Windmill”.
To vessels fra Norge landsætter hver 40 soldater på Nordsiden af
Sjælland. Stralsund og Rügen falder snart og derfor i “State
of Blockade”. Engelsk
flåde må forsynes fra Sverige “since the commencement of
hostilities with Denmark].
Cathcart came on board to confer with me respecting the operations
against the Town. (Wellesley
har taget fanger incl. en general og 10 pieces of artillery fra Køge).
Cpt. Phillips to remain at his present anchorage between Amack and
Zealand where it appears in the opinion of Sir George Ludlow whom
he has consulted, that the ‘Boretta’ can be useful in
preventing boats from crossing that passage.
8 the Gun Boats having come out against our batteries, were kept
in check by The Advanced Squadron, and a cannonade ensued in which
the Crown Point and block ship took a part; and I am sorry to
relate two shells having fallen on board the ‘Charles’ armed
Transport, almost at the same moment, and exploded near the Powder
room, she blew up. [Engelske
både i nærheden reddede mange, men 11 dræbte/savnede, 20sårede]
(Gambier i land hos Cathcart).
er kommet penge (Species) fra England. Kamp ved Norge]
Being ready to open the Batteries Lord Cathcart and myself judged
it to be our duty to send a summons to the governor informing him
“of the intention to bombard the town, unless he shall deliver
up the Danish Navy and allow them to be brought to England, in
which case both the public and private property which has been
captured since the commencement of hostilities, shall be restored,
as also the Danish Fleet when a general peace shall be conceded.
If the proposal should not be acceded to, the town, when taken,
shall be treated like other conquered places, and captured
property public and private, will then belong to the captors. [Peymann
afviser, men ønsker pas for at rådføre sig med Chr. 7].
fra ‘Agamemnon’ til Batteri. Penge til hæren]
Cathcart and myself judging it inexpedient to allow time for the
Governor of Copenhagen to communicate with the King of Denmark
refused to accede to this proposal, and another Flag of Truce was
sent in with our final determination.
8 PM our batteries opened and a tremendous bombardment commenced.
Many Rockets were thrown, and, in a short time, a considerable
fire was seen in the town, and, not long after, a second fire
broke out, and both burnt for many hours. Our bomb vessels being
anchored in convenient position, threw shells into the Crown
battery. The Danes, during this attack, continued to fire from
their lines with much resolution. [Alle
danske vessels and boats ved Køge Bugt ødelagt].