The Navy of the American Revolution: Its Administration, Its Policy, and Its Achievements

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Burrows Brothers Company, 1906 - United States - 549 pages
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Page 80 - Congress for building, at the continental expense, a fleet of sufficient force for the protection of these colonies, and for employing them in such manner and places as will most effectually annoy our enemies, and contribute to the common defence of these colonies...
Page 47 - Act for explaining amending and reducing into one Act of Parliament the laws relating to the government of his Majesty's ships vessels and forces by sea...
Page 44 - The Commanders of the ships of the thirteen United Colonies, are to take care that divine service be performed twice a day on board, and a sermon preached on Sundays, unless bad weather or other extraordinary accidents prevent it.
Page 245 - A Proclamation, Declaring the Cessation of Arms, as well by Sea as by Land, agreed upon between the United States of America and His Britannic Majesty; and enjoining the Observance thereof.
Page 186 - While the maritime affairs of the continent continue under the direction of a committee, they will be exposed to all the consequences of want of system, attention, and knowledge. The marine committee consists of a delegate from each State ; it fluctuates ; new members constantly coming in, and old ones going out...
Page 301 - I am unexperienced in, and by my distance from the coast is very difficult to be well executed, I must repeat my earnest request, that some person of skill in such affairs may be appointed in the character of consul, to take charge of them.
Page 67 - Should not a court be established by authority of Congress, to take cognizance of prizes made by the Continental vessels ? Whatever the mode is, which they are pleased to adopt, there is an absolute necessity of its being speedily determined on ; for I cannot spare time from military affairs, to give proper attention to these matters.
Page 41 - Why should not America have a navy ? No maritime power near the sea-coast can be safe without it. It is no chimera. The Romans suddenly built one in their Carthaginian war. Why may not we lay a foundation for it ? We abound with firs, iron ore, tar, pitch, turpentine ; we have all the materials for construction of a navy.
Page 62 - Continental expense. 2. You are to proceed, as commander of said Schooner, immediately on a cruise against such vessels as may be found on the high seas or elsewhere, bound inwards and outwards, to or from Boston, in the service of the Ministerial Army, and to take and seize all such vessels, laden with soldiers, arms, ammunition or provisions, for or from said Army, or which you shall have good reason to suspect are in such service.
Page 201 - The United States in Congress assembled shall have the sole and exclusive right and power of determining on peace and war...

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