||Bombardment of 'Salangore'
An account from the September 2nd 1871 issue of the
The sketch we have engraved shows Majesty's ship Rinaldo, of
guns, in the act of bombarding the forts and town of Salangore, on July
under a fire from all the fortified positions of that place.
Salangore is a town situated at the mouth of the river which bears the
name, in the Malay peninsula, and which flows into the Straits of
The town itself is not shown in this particular view, as it is just
the bend at the mouth of the river. The hill on the right, winch
the town and defends the river is steep on all sides, and is surmounted
an earth work fort, mounting seventeen guns; it has also a stockade of
round it. The low hill at the mouth of tile river is crowned by another
fort, mounting nine guns.
Lower down, and nearer the water, is an earth battery,
mounting seven guns,
which are 32-pounders. The ascent to these forts is extremely steep and
they are capable, therefore, of a very strong resistance. The opposite
of the river is low, flat, and densely covered with mangroves. Close to
water's edge are several wooden houses, having bamboo stockades round
and each is armed with a few guns, which are masked.
The cause of the Rinaldo's presence in the river of Salangore was the
made the day before on a small party of her men, under the command of
Maude, who were at the time escorting a Rajah to the boat for
on board the colonial yacht Pluto for the purpose of an inquiry into
alleged protection of escaped piratical murderers, contrary to the
between the Sultan of Salangore and the Colonial Government; and also
account of threats and menaces used by his people to the police
sent to arrest the pirates.
The Rinaldo steamed into the river the next morning, but when she came
of the forts at the mouth they opened fire, by which three men were
and the ship and rigging were struck in several places. The ship at
returned the fire, and continued her course up the river. When abreast
the town she anchored. After a time the enemy's fire was silenced. The
proceeded until four o'clock in the afternoon, when a town and a
on the opposite bank were in flames and the forts were considerably
and seemed to be evacuated.
She then left the river, but returned two days afterwards and landed a
of troops and bluejackets from the ship, under cover of the guns. They
destroyed everything that remained from the bombardment, including all
guns and magazines. When the news of this action reached England, the
sent a special telegram to inquire about the British sailors wounded.
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