A Brief Sketch of Commodore Samuel Tucker

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D. Clapp & son, 1872 - Boston - 24 pages
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Page 12 - Tucker was ordered to the defence of Charleston, SC The squadron consisted of the Providence, Com. Whipple ; the Boston, Capt. Tucker; the Queen of France, Capt. Rathbone; and the Ranger, Capt. Simpson. They arrived there shortly before Christmas. On the invasion by Sir Henry Clinton at the head of a large body of troops, and a powerful fleet under Admiral Arbuthnot, the city was compelled to surrender, after a siege of thirty days, to an overwhelming force : but the little squadron, before it fell...
Page 17 - What you say about the profits is very handsome. I like to deal with such men. As for myself, be assured that I am far above all pecuniary views, and no other person I think has any claim to share with you. Make the most of it therefore, and let all your 'views in life be directed to a solid, however moderate independence. Without it, no man can be happy, nor even honest.
Page 9 - Mr. Adams smiled, and went down into the cabin. Tucker, by this time, had contrived to get his frigate into the position he wished. His guns were all shotted ; each man was at his post, the match-stocks smoking ; and yet he hesitated to give order to fire. At this delay his men grew impatient, and seeing so fine a chance to strike a decisive blow, they began to murmur bitterly, when he cried out in these memorable words : " Hold on, my men. I wish to save that egg without breaking the shell." Nor...
Page 9 - Tucker, seeing him there, requested him to go below, and upon his desire being disregarded, put his hand upon the envoy's shoulder, and in a tone of authority said, — " Mr. Adams, I am commanded by the Continental Congress to deliver you safe in France, and you must go below.
Page 10 - Commissioner of peace. The public ship, on board which he embarked, was commanded by the gallant Commodore Tucker, now living, and a citizen of this State, who took more guns from the enemy, during the revolutionary war, than any other naval commander, and who has been far less known and rewarded than his merits deserved. One occurrence on their passage is worthy of relation, as illustrating the characters of both.
Page 16 - There were many in that august assembly, fifty years ago, who had heard of the man, his bravery, his nautical skill, his battles and success on the ocean, while his deeds were yet fresh in the minds of the older members. It was quickly reported in the capitol that there was one among them, who had taken from the enemy sixty-two sail of vessels, more than 600 pieces of canmion, and 3000 prisoners in the revolutionary war.
Page 4 - How long he continued in this frigate, is unknown, — probably for a short period ; for hp was afterward mate of a vessel in the merchant service, and subsequently master of a ship. He was married Dec. 21, 1768, soon after he became of age. His wife was Mary, daughter of Samuel and Ann Gatchell, of Marblehead. Mr. Gatchell was deacon of the Congregational Church of that place, — a worthy and estimable man. On his marriage, Capt. Tucker took part of his fatherin-law's house, which was a double...
Page 8 - ¿gcr, concealing his deep anxieties, peering through the black clouds for one ray of light, and cheering his brave companions with hope of weathering the storm; while near him stands the sturdy patriot of Braintree, ready to cry aloud: “This is the hAND OF GOD, stretched out to shield us from the enemy.
Page 8 - Yet, when we gaze in imagination at this awful picture, and summon up the scene to our view through a vista of nearly a hundred years, as we sit by our cheerful firesides in this happy land, there seems to be a moral grandeur and sublimity in this event. We see the dark outline of his stalwart form on the deck of the frigate, — at spells illuminated by a blaze of lightning, — erect and commanding, and hear him issuing his orders to the intrepid seamen with a voice rising above the tempest. He...
Page 15 - On which the senate passed a bill for his half-pay as captain ; but the house of representatives rejected it by a majority of one. In June, 1832, a general act was passed, and a pension of $600 a year was settled on him. On the 20th of December, 1820, the electoral college appointed him, being one of their number, a special messenger to carry on to Washington the votes for president and vice-president. Com. Tucker, one of the very few surviving naval officers of the revolution, was...

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