The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 3

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Page vii - Yet these failures, however frequent, may admit extenuation and apology. To have attempted much is always laudable, even when the enterprise is above the strength that undertakes it; to rest below his own aim is incident to every one whose fancy is active, and whose views are comprehensive; nor is any man satisfied with himself because he has done much, but because he can conceive little.
Page 457 - I made the signal for every ship to bear down, and steer for her opposite in the enemy's line, agreeable to the 21st article of the additional fighting instructions.
Page 535 - Had I had the honour of commanding his Majesty's noble fleet on the 12th, I may, without much imputation of vanity, say the flag of England should now have graced the sterns of upwards of twenty sail of the enemy's ships of the line.
Page 21 - Low company is the bane of all young men ; but in a man-of-war you have the collected filths of jails. Condemned criminals have the alternative of hanging, or entering on board. There's not a vice rommitted on shore but is practised here.
Page 479 - The whole Face of the Country appears an entire ruin, and the most Beautiful Island in the World has the appearance of a Country laid waste by Fire, and Sword, and appears to the Imagination more Dreadful than it is possible for me to find Words to express.
Page 500 - Now, had the centre gone to the support of the van, and the signal for the line been hauled down, or the commander-in-chief had set the example of close action, even with the signal for the line flying, the van of the enemy must have been cut to pieces, and the rear division of the British fleet would have been opposed to those ships the centre division fired at, and at the proper distance for engaging, or the Rear- Admiral who commanded it would have a great deal to answer for.
Page 537 - I lamented to Sir George on the 13th that the signal for a general chase was not made when that for the line was hauled down, and that he did not continue to pursue, so as to keep sight of the enemy all night, to which he only answered, " Come, we have done very handsomely as it is.
Page 499 - ... to push on to the support of the van, instead of engaging at such an improper distance (the London having her main topsail to the mast the whole time she was firing with the signal for the line at half a cable flying), that the second ship astern of the London received but trifling damage, and the third astern of her (the London) received no damage at all, which most clearly proves how much too great the distance was the centre division engaged.
Page 370 - Valcour; upon this his refusal to retreat, as urged by Waterbury, when the full force of the enemy was disclosed, — a decision justified, or rather, illustrated, by the advantages which the accidents of the day threw into his hands. His personal gallantry was conspicuous there as at all times of his life.
Page 357 - We now," he says in his despatch to Mr. Stephens, * thought it an enterprise worthy of an English ship of the line in our King and Country's sacred cause, and an effort due to the gallant defence of {Quebec, to make the attempt of pressing her by force of sail through the thick, broad, and closely connected fields of ice (as formidable as the Gulf of St. Lawrence ever exhibited), to which we saw no bounds.

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