In November 1897, when the Austro-Hungarian flag was insulted at Mersina, he threatened to bombard the town if instant reparation were not made, and by his firm attitude greatly enhanced Austrian prestige in the East.
More rarely their patience became exhausted, and ships were sent to bombard this nest of pirates.
Sir John Bowring, who represented Great Britain in China, failing to secure the reparation and apology which he demanded, directed the British admiral to bombard Canton.
In 1824 another British fleet under Admiral Sir Harry Neal had again to bombard Algiers.
When Lord Exmouth was about to bombard the city in 1816, the British consul was thrown into prison and loaded with chains.