Commodore Hayes entered the Great Arakan river on the 22nd February/ British attack on the Cham- and received information that some Mug chief-balla stockade at Khioung Peela, tains were confined at Chamballa, a stockade gar-23rd March 1825. risoned by about 1,000 men. Redetermined to
attack them. Accordingly on the 23rd he advanced with the Research, Festal, and several gun-vessels, having on board one company of Her Majesty's 54th Raiment. At 2 p.m. they came in sight of the enemy's works at Khioung Peela, which immediately opened a heavy fire upon the GungaSaugor and Vestal, the leading vessels. The Research, getting within half pistol shot, commenced a heavy cannonade and fire of musketry upon the stockade and breastwork. On getting to the other end of the stockade with intent to flank it and allow the other vessels to come into action, the Commodore found his ship raked from forward by another and stronger battery and stockade, of which he had no previous information, garrisoned by about 3,000 men. After a severe engagement of two hours, the tide beginning to fail, the Commodore was obliged to drop down the river. The Research, Asseerghur, Asia, Felix, and Isabella took the ground and remained fast for several hours near the batteries, but the enemy made no attempt to fire at or molest them.
The loss in this attack was severe, and amounted toa
Officers ... ...
Killed and wounded.
Return of vessels.
The following is a return of vessels engaged on the 23rd March :a
1. Hon'hie Company's ship " Research," Com-
2. Bombay cruiser " Yestal "
3. Hon'ble Company's brig "Asseerghur"
4. a brig " Helen "
5. ' '
10 6 . 4 6 2 6 6 4 2 2 1 2 1 1
10-pr. carronades. 12-pr. a 12-pr. long brass. 6-pr. 12-pr. carronades. 6-pr. brass. 3-pr. a 24-pr. 6-pr.
12-pr. carronades. 12 pr. 24-pr. 12-pr. 12-pr.
ketch " Trusty ' steam gun-vessel " Pluto "... J
7. a gun-pinnace "Ospray "
8. a gunboat " Gunga Saugor "...
9. a large gunboat u Thames "... 10. a gunboat" Africa " 13. a gunboat " Asia "
12. a transport " Felix "
13. a transport "Isabella"
Total ... P 51 guns.
Troops with the detachment.
1 company Her Majesty's 54th Regiment ... ... 40
Detachments 10th and 16th Madras Native Infantry ... 170
Flotilla marines ... ... ... 100
Calcutta Militia ... ... ... 12
11th Regiment Bombay Native Infantry ... ... 18
Flotilla seamen ... ... ... 140
Total soldiers and sailors
* Extract from a letter from Commodore Hayes.* Extract from a letter from Commodore Hayes.