The American Navy : Being an Authentic History of the United States Navy: And Biographical Sketches of American Naval Heroes, from the Formation of the Navy to the Close of the Mexican War

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Jas. B. Smith & Company, 1857 - 545 pages
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Page 462 - When the enemy struck, he had five feet water in his hold — his maintop-mast was over the side — his mainboom shot away — his foremast cut nearly in two, and tottering — his fore-rigging and stays shot away — his bowsprit badly wounded, and forty-five shot-holes in his hull, twenty of which were within a foot of his water-line, above and below.
Page 439 - I was informed that the cockpit, the steerage, the ward-room, and the birth-deck could contain no more wounded; that the wounded were killed while the surgeons were dressing them; and that, unless something was speedily done to prevent it, the ship would soon sink, from the number of shot-holes in her bottom.
Page 435 - Downes came on board to receive my orders, under the impression that I should soon be a prisoner. He could be of no use to me in the then wretched state of the Essex; and finding (from the enemy's putting his helm up) that my last attempt at boarding would not succeed, I directed him, after he had been about ten minutes on board, to return to his own ship, to be prepared for defending and destroying her in case of an attack. He took with him several of my wounded, leaving three of his boats...
Page 471 - SIR, The Almighty has been pleased to grant us a signal victory on lake Champlain, in the capture of one frigate, one brig, and two sloops of war of the enemy.
Page 333 - United States Ship General Pike, off Duck Island. Sir, on the 7th at day-light the enemy's fleet was discovered close in with Niagara river, wind from the southward.— Made the signal and weighed with the fleet (prepared for action), and stood out of the river after him. He immediately made all sail to the northward. We made sail in chase, with our heavy schooners in tow, and have continued the chase all round the lake, night and day, until yesterday morning, when he succeeded in getting into...
Page 234 - ... the enemy. Enclosed I have the honour to send you a list of killed and wounded on board the Constitution, and a report of the damages she has sustained ; also a list of the killed and wounded on board the enemy, with his quarter bill, &c.
Page 435 - Phoebe, where we were again exposed to a dreadful raking fire. My ship was now totally unmanageable; yet, as her head was toward the enemy, and he to leeward of me, I still hoped to be able to board him.
Page 240 - We have been accused," said an influential newspaper, "of sentiments unworthy of Englishmen, because we described what we saw and felt on the occasion of the capture of the Guerriere. We witnessed the gloom which that event cast over high and honourable minds; we participated in the vexation and regret; and it is the...
Page 461 - I have the honour to inform you that we have this morning captured, after an action of forty-two minutes, his...
Page 436 - ... at opposition must prove ineffectual, almost every gun being disabled by the destruction of their crews. I now sent for the officers of divisions, to consult them ; but what was my surprise, to find only acting Lieutenant Stephen Decatur M'Knight remaining, who confirmed the report respecting the condition of the guns on the gun-deck — those on the spar-deck were not in a better state.

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