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Captain Edward Tucker, of H.M.S. Dover, was a meritorious deed.
The troops employed in this service landed at 2 p.m. on the 16th February, 1810. They consisted of :a
Detachment Madras Artillery, under Lieutenant Stewart ..... 46 men.
Madras European Regiment . . . 130 a Seamen, Royal Marines of H.M.S. Dover . 85 a
a a of H.M.S. Cornwallis. 105 a
Seamen of H.M. sloop Samarang . . 38 ,,
Total . . 404
Captain Court, attended by Captains Phillips and Forbes, had previously reconnoitred the enemy's position, and therefore knew where was the best place to land ; and under cover of a tremendous fire from the squadron, which bombarded the fort in line of battle up the harbour, the landing party endeavoured to rush the fort. Next morning a summons was sent to Governor Lavinius Hankurlugt to surrender, and a reply was returned by Colonel Fitz, the military commander-in-chief of the Moluccas,1 and the fort was surrendered on the 19th February.
Afterwards an interesting scene took place, when the British landing party was drawn up outside the fort to wait for the Dutch force of Europeans and Malay soldiers, with the crews of several vessels, to come out ; the latter marched in order four deep from the fort and outflanked the British by double the length of their line. When this was discovered their vexation and mortification was great, for they had, so to say, been beaten by a handful of men. Execrations were vented, and several of the officers broke their swords in anger, whilst the rank and file wanted to receive their arms back to begin fighting again.
1 As soon as Colonel Fitz arrived at Batavia he was shot for surrendering this post by Governor-General Daendels.1 As soon as Colonel Fitz arrived at Batavia he was shot for surrendering this post by Governor-General Daendels.