A Full and Correct Account of the Chief Naval Occurrences of the Late War Between Great Britain and the United States of America: Preceded by a Cursory Examination of the American Accounts of Their Naval Actions Fought Previous to that Period : to which is Added an Appendix ; with Plates

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T. Egerton, 1817 - Great Britain - 528 pages
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This book and info is absolutely incredible! Especially the daring story of the USS Randolph!

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Page cii - I have the pleasure to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that...
Page lxxxvii - It was with unspeakable pain that I saw, soon after I got on board the Niagara, the flag of the Lawrence come down, although I was perfectly sensible that she had been defended to the last, and that to have continued to make a show of resistance would have been a wanton sacrifice of the remains of her brave crew. But the enemy was not able to take possession of her, and circumstances soon permitted her flag again to be hoisted. At 45 minutes past 2, the signal was made for "close action.
Page cxvii - I was informed that the cockpit, the steerage, the wardroom, and the birthdeck, 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 101 - As soon as the Constitution was ready for action, I bore down with an intention to bring him to close action immediately ; but on our coming within gunshot she gave us a broadside and filled away, and wore, giving us a broadside on the other tack, but without effect ; her shot falling short.
Page xxiii - I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that at 5 o'clock PM on the 6th of August last, in latitude 24 44
Page clviii - 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 xiii - ... 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 alongside the enemy.
Page 290 - Finding their fire very destructive, owing to their long guns, and its being mostly directed at the Lawrence, I made sail, and directed the other vessels to follow, for the purpose of closing with the enemy. Every brace and bow-line being shot away, she became unmanageable, notwithstanding the great exertions of the sailing-master.
Page ciii - ... produced no visible effect. Our second, a few random shot only, from having increased our distance by wearing, was not, apparently, more successful ; and having lost the use of our main-sail, jib, and main-stay, appearances were a little inauspicious.
Page xii - The fire was kept up with equal warmth for 15 minutes longer, when his mainmast and foremast went, taking with them every spar, excepting the bowsprit. On seeing this we ceased firing, so that in thirty minutes after we got fairly...

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