Bainbridge. Somers. Shaw. Shubrick. Preble. (252 p.)

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Carey and Hart, 1846

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Page 23 - ... speaketh." But, allowing that the first position is true, and that these gentlemen actually acquiesce for the sake of quiet, and with a view to advance what they conceive to be the interests of America, I shall maintain that the course is to the last degree impolitic and unworthy. Our motto is to " ask nothing but what is right, and to submit to nothing that is wrong.
Page 107 - Ridgely, then one of the Nautilus' midshipmen,* to watch the ketch's movements with a night-glass ; and, as this order was strictly complied with, it is almost certain that this officer was the last person of the American squadron who saw the vessel.
Page 198 - Lear," answered Preble, raising himself up to answer, "in accepting this command. Had I known how I was to be supported, I certainly should have declined it.
Page 104 - ... was ready. Somers made one or two attempts to go in before the night finally selected, but they were abandoned on account of the lightness of the air. At length there were appearances in and about the harbor that induced him to think that the movements of the fire-vessel were distrusted, and, fearful of detection, he decided to go in on the night of the 4th September, if the thing were at all practicable. Several interviews had taken place between Preble and Somers in the course of the preparations...
Page 106 - These three young men, then about twenty-five each, were Philadelphia-bred sailors, and had been intimately associated in service for the last six years. They all knew that the enterprise was one of extreme hazard, and the two who were to remain behind felt a deep interest in the fate of him who was to go in. Somers was grave, and entirely without any affectation of levity or indifference, but he maintained his usual tranquil and quiet manner. After some conversation, he took a ring from his finger,...
Page 180 - ... and daring. The boat thus employed pulled twelve oars, and carried a swivel in its bows, besides having its crew armed as boarders. Preble shoved off, and pulled directly towards the monster. As the boat neared it, the serpent raised its head about ten feet above the surface of the water, looking about it. It then began to move slowly away from the boat. Preble pushed on, his men pulling with all their force, and the animal being at no great distance, the swivel was discharged loaded with bullets....

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