The Life and Services of Commodore William Bainbridge, United States Navy

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Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1837 - 254 pages
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Page 45 - I hope I may never again be sent to Algiers with tribute, unless I am authorized to deliver it from the mouth of our cannon.
Page 147 - Java had in addition to her own crew upwards of one hundred supernumerary officers and seamen, to join the British ships of war in the East Indies: also...
Page 254 - Will it not then be advisable to begin, without delay, to provide and lay up the materials for the building and equipping of ships of war; and to proceed in the work by degrees, in proportion as our resources shall render it practicable without inconvenience ; so that a future war of Europe may not find our commerce in the same unprotected state in which it was found by the present ? Congress have repeatedly, and not without success, directed their attention to the encouragement of manufactures.
Page 149 - Five 25, got very close to the enemy in a very effectual raking position, athwart his bows, and was at the very instant of raking him, when he most prudently struck his flag, for had he suffered the broadside to have raked him, his additional loss must have been extremely great, as he laid an unmanageable wreck upon the water.
Page 252 - The United States ought not to indulge a persuasion, that, contrary to the order of human events, they will for ever keep at a distance those painful appeals to arms, with which the history of every other nation abounds. There is a .rank due to the United States among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.
Page 148 - PM being sufficiently from the land, and finding the ship to be an English frigate, took in the main-sail and royals, tacked ship and stood for the enemy. At 1 50 PM the enemy bore down with the intention of raking us, which we avoided by •wearing.
Page 169 - I lay before Congress a letter, with accompanying documents, from Captain Bainbridge, now commanding the United States frigate the Constitution, reporting his capture and destruction of the British frigate the Java. The circumstances and the issue of this combat afford another example of the professional skill and heroic spirit which prevail in our naval service.
Page 149 - ... and immediately returned our fire. A general action with round and grape then commenced, the enemy keeping at a much greater distance than I wished, but could not bring him to closer action without exposing ourselves to several rakes. Considerable manouvres were made by both vessels to rake and avoid being raked.
Page 147 - I proceeded to this place, where I have landed all the prisoners on their parole, to return to England and there remain until regularly exchanged, and not to serve in their professional capacities in any place or in any manner whatever against the United States of America, until their exchange shall be effected.
Page 169 - Bainbridge, his officers and crew, commands the highest praise. This being a second instance in which the condition of the captured ship, by rendering it impossible to get her into port, has barred a contemplated reward of successful valor, I recommend to the consideration of Congress the equity and propriety of a general provision allowing in such cases, both past and future, a fair proportion of the value which would accrue to the captors on the safe arrival and sale of the prize.

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