The Naval History of the United States, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Peter Fenelon Collier, 1890 - United States - 1065 pages
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Page 134 - Twas early day, as poets say, Just when the sun was rising, A soldier stood on a log of wood And saw a thing surprising. As in amaze, he stood to gaze (The truth can't be denied, sir), He spied a score of kegs or more Come floating down the tide, sir. A sailor, too, in jerkin blue, The strange appearance viewing, First rubbed his eyes in great surprise, Then said, "Some mischief's brewing.
Page 100 - Stack commanded. I directed the fire of one of the three cannon against the mainmast, with double-headed shot, while the other two were exceedingly well served with grape and canister shot, to silence the enemy's musketry and clear her decks, which was at last effected.
Page 392 - I request you will do me the favour to meet the Shannon with her, ship to ship, to try the fortune of our respective flags. To an officer of your character it requires some apology for proceeding to further particulars. Be assured, sir, that it is not from any doubt I can entertain of your wishing to close with my proposal, but merely to provide an answer to any objection which might be made, and very reasonably, upon the chance of our receiving unfair support.
Page 66 - Her home is on the deep. With thunders from her native oak She quells the floods below As they roar on the shore, When the stormy winds do blow ; When the battle rages loud and long, And the stormy winds do blow.
Page 426 - you have no business where you are. If you touch a rope-yarn of this ship, I shall board instantly.
Page 392 - As the Chesapeake appears now ready for sea, I request you will do me the favor to meet the Shannon with her, ship to ship, to try the fortune of our respective flags.
Page 69 - The flames had already caught the rigging, and began to ascend the mainmast ; the sun was a full hour's march above the horizon, and as sleep no longer ruled the world, it was time to retire. We reembarked without opposition, having released a number of prisoners, as our boats could not carry them. After all my people had embarked, I stood upon the pier for a considerable space, yet no person advanced : I saw all the eminences round the town covered with the amazed inhabitants.
Page 249 - Shall Gallia's clan our coast invade, With hellish outrage scourge the main, Insult our nation's neutral trade, And we not dare our rights maintain ? Rise, united Harvard's band, Rise, the bulwark of our land.
Page 135 - I'm sure no man E'er saw so strange a battle. The rebel dales, the rebel vales, With rebel trees surrounded ; The distant woods, the hills and floods, With rebel echoes sounded.
Page 69 - What was done, however, is sufficient to show, that not all their boasted navy can protect their own coasts ; and that the scenes of distress, which they have occasioned in America, may be soon brought home to their own door.

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