Twelve Naval Captains: Being a Record of Certain Americans who Made Themselves Immortal

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Kegan, Paul, Trubner, & Company, Limited, 1897 - Ship captains - 233 pages
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Page 163 - I feel it my duty to state, that the conduct of Captain Hull and his officers to our men has been that of a brave enemy, the greatest care being taken to prevent our men losing the smallest trifle, and ths greatest attention being paid to the wounded, who, through the attention and skill of Mr.
Page 158 - ... from the smallest boy in the ship to the oldest seaman, not a look of fear was seen. They all went into action, giving three cheers, and requesting to be laid close along side the enemy.
Page 66 - We wish to add that in this instance, as well as in every other, since we have had the honor of being under your command, the officers and seamen have always appreciated your distinguished conduct. Believe us, sir, that our misfortunes and sorrows are entirely absorbed in our sympathies for you. We are, sir, with sentiments of the highest and most sincere respect, your friends and fellow sufferers.
Page 159 - ... not otherwise injured, and the slight damage was soon repaired. Hull was now all animation. He saw that the decisive moment had come. With great energy, yet calmness of manner, he passed around among the officers and men, addressing to them words of confidence and encouragement. 'Men!' said he, 'now do your duty. Your officers cannot have entire command over you now. Each man must do all in his power for his country.
Page 206 - M'Donough ; they were immediately removed to his own hospital on Crab Island, and were furnished with every requisite. His generous and polite attention to myself, the officers, and men, will ever hereafter be gratefully remembered.
Page 90 - Edward Preble. I am about to hail you for the last time ; if you do not answer, I shall give you a broadside. What ship is that ? Blow your matches, boys !" The stranger now answered — " This is his Britannic Majesty's ship Donnegal, a razee of 60 guns.
Page 66 - The officers also presented a unanimous address to the Captain, in which they stated their belief, that the charts and soundings justified as near an approach to the shore as they had made ; and declaring, that on this as on every other occasion, his conduct had always been correct and honourable. Soothed by this proof of confidence and attachment, Captain Bainbridge endeavoured to render the situation of his officers and crew as comfortable as possible. The Consular house...
Page 206 - I hope, recommend them, as well as the whole of my gallant little crew, to your notice. I have much satisfaction...
Page 79 - Commodore Bainbridge has learned, with real sorrow, the death of Captain Lambert. Though a political enemy, he could not but greatly respect him for the brave defence he made with his ship; and Commodore Bainbridge takes this occasion to observe, in justice to Lieutenant Chads, who fought the Java after Captain Lambert was wounded, that he did every thing for the defence of that ship, that a brave and skilful officer could do, and that further resistance would have been a wanton effusion of human...
Page 92 - Lear remained alone together in the Constitution's cabin. The former seemed thoughtful and melancholy, leaning his head on his arm, the latter resting on a table. Lear, observing this, inquired if he were unwell. " I have been indiscreet, Col. 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. Government has sent me here a parcel of children, as commanders of all my light craft.

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