The Frigate Constitution: The Central Figure of the Navy Under Sail

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Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1900 - United States - 263 pages

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Page 219 - Shall sweep the clouds no more. Her deck once red with heroes' blood, Where knelt the vanquished foe, When winds were hurrying o'er the flood And waves were white below, No more shall feel the victor's tread, Or know the conquered knee ; — The harpies of the shore shall pluck The eagle of the sea ! Oh, better that her shattered hulk Should sink beneath the wave ; Her thunders shook the mighty deep, And there should be her grave : Nail to the mast her holy flag, Set every threadbare sail, And give...
Page 219 - Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high. And many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky; Beneath it rung the battle shout, And burst the cannon's roar; — The meteor of the ocean air Shall sweep the clouds no more. Her deck, once red with heroes
Page 52 - To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression. This may even prevent the necessity of going to war by discouraging belligerent powers from committing such violations of the rights of the neutral party as may, first or last, leave no other option.
Page 250 - ... with unceasing diligence ; the pride of two peoples to whom naval affairs are so generally familiar has cleared all the details and laid bare all the episodes, and through the sneers which the victors should have spared, merely out of care for their own glory, at every step can be seen that great truth, that there is only success for those who know how to prepare it.
Page 71 - Newman, his officers, and men. May they arrive in safety at the place of their destination and present to the Dey of Algiers one of the finest specimens of elegant naval architecture which was ever borne on the Piscataqua's waters.
Page 30 - If I were to make peace with everybody, what should I do with my corsairs ? what should I do with my soldiers ? They would take off my head for the want of other prizes, not being able to live on their miserable allowance.
Page 169 - It was not long after this before I retired from the quarter-deck to the cock-pit ; of course I saw no more of the action until the firing ceased, but I heard and felt much of its effects ; for soon after I left the deck, the firing commenced on board the Guerriere, and was kept up almost constantly until about six o'clock, when I heard a tremendous explosion from the opposing frigate. The effect of her shot seemed to make the Guerriere reel, and tremble as though she had received the shock of an...
Page 37 - They are superior to any European frigate, and if others should be in company, our frigates can always lead ahead and never be obliged to go into action, but on their own terms, except in a calm; in blowing weather our ships are capable of engaging to advantage double-deck ships.
Page 165 - Captain Dacres, commander of his " Britannic Majesty's frigate Guerriere, " of 44 guns, presents his compliments " to Commodore Rodgers, of the United " States frigate President, and will be " very happy to meet him, or any other " American frigate of equal force to the " President, off Sandy Hook, for the" purpose of having a few minutes
Page 183 - PM commenced the action within good grape and canister distance, the enemy to windward, but much further than I wished. At 2 30 our wheel was shot entirely away.

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