Lieutenant Joseph William Bazalgette
In December 1813, Louis Bazalgette’s son Joseph was 1st Lieutenant of the America(74) under the command of Captain Josias Rowley, and they were in the Mediterranean, mopping up the remaining French outposts on the Italian coast. Joseph had a permanent effect on the architecture of the Tuscan city of Lucca, as Rowley’s report below shows:
Report to Admiral Pellew from Captain Josias Rowley.
H.M.S. America, off Leghorn, 15th December, 1813.
I have the honour to inform you, that in pursuance of my preceding communication to you from Palermo, I sailed thence on the 29th ult. in company with the Termagant, and anchored at Melazzo on the following night, where having joined the ships Edinburgh, Furieuse and Mermaid and embarked on board them on the following day the troops of the Italian Levy, amounting to about one thousand men, under the command of Lieutenant-colonel Catanelli, we sailed the same evening, and arrived on the coast of Italy, off Via Reggio, on the 9th instant; having fallen in with the Armada and Imperieuse off the north of Corsica, I detained them to assist us in getting the troops on shore. Having anchored with the squadron off the town, the troops and field pieces were immediately landed ; a small party of the enemy having evacuated the place on a summons that had been sent in, and possession was taken of two eighteen and one twelve-pounder guns, which defended the entrance of the river. The lieutenant-colonel proceeded immediately to Lucca, which place was surrendered to him at twelve the same night.
JOS. ROWLEY, Captain.
Rowley as an admiral