The newly arrived troops for the garrison are in the process of disembarking from the merchant ships hired to transport them
After the French are out of sight, Captain Biedekker of the HMS Prince Albert writes a brief summary of the engagement..
Action off Malize
- a French squadron attacked the port during disembarkation of the garrison troops ; Commodore Burke led us out against them. After a hard fight heavy damage to our ships and many crew lost
HMS Thunderer dismasted and drifting, Commodore Burke killed.
HMS Audacious badly damaged and drifting
HMS Arrogant damaged and has run aground on a small islet - good chance it can be re-floated.
HMS Prince Albert - light damage.
Damage was inflicted on the French - One ship ran aground on the rocks, another sunk by gunfire from the fort and HMS Prince Albert. Two lightly damaged french ships left the area.
Will attempt to assist Thunderer and Audacious, with help from the merchant ships. Will remain on station off Malize...
A cutter was sent with this report to the naval HQ in Jumeida...