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The Acts, Orders in Council, &c. of Great Britain [on Trade], 1793 - 1812

By the honorable Sir Alexander Cochrane, K. B. Rear Admiral of the Red, and Commander-in-chief of His Majesty's ships and vessels employed and to be employed at Barbadoes, the Leeward Islands, &c.

Whereas an intimation has been received from the right honorable Lord Viscount Castlereagh, one of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, that the strictest naval blockade is to be established over the leeward French Caribbean islands: the several captains, commanders, and commanding officers under my orders, are hereby authorized and directed to stop all neutral vessels destined for any of the ports of the said islands; and if they shall appear to be ignorant of the existence of the blockade, and have no enemy's property on board, the master of such neutral vessels shall be apprized thereof, and warned not to proceed to such ports, and a notice written to that effect upon one or more of the principal ship's papers.

But if a neutral vessel shall appear to be so warned, or to be otherwise informed of the existence of the blockade, or to have sailed from her last clearing port after it may be reasonably supposed that this notification might have been made public there, and yet be found attempting or intending to enter either of the ports of the said islands, such vessel shall be seized and sent into port for legal adjudication. And with respect to neutral vessels coming out of said ports, having any colonial produce, goods, or merchandise on board, appearing to have been laden after knowledge of the blockade, such vessels shall, in like manner, be seized and sent in for legal adjudication.

Given on board the Belleisle, Carlisle bay, Barbadoes, October 14, 1808.

ALEXANDER COCHRANE.

By command of the Rear-Admiral:

JOHN S. TRACEY.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series April 2003

 

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