The naval history of Great Britain, from ... 1793, to ... 1820, with an account of the origin and increase of the British navy, Volume 1

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Page xxxvii - My first rough manuscript, without any intermediate copy, has been sent to the press. (2) Not a sheet has been seen by any human eyes, excepting those of the author and the printer: the faults and the merits are exclusively my own.
Page 38 - This theory was supported in the latter part of the seventeenth and early part of the eighteenth century, in England, by Mr.
Page xliv - On the beam implies any distance from the ship on a line with the beams, or at right angles with the keel : thus, if the ship steers northward, any object lying east or west is said to be on her starboard or larboard beam.
Page 92 - ... of the harbour ; the basin is never ruffled by any wind to occasion damage : the outer sides of the jetties present two tremendous batteries, a fleur d'eau, or nearly even with the water's edge, which we consider the very worst species of fort for a ship to encounter. The space for the anchorage of ships of war in the inner road is very confined, and probably not more than two or three sail of the line could lie there at a time ; the ground is in general foul and rocky. The great road is a good...
Page 41 - The ship was to measure 67 1 tons, and to mount twenty-six 12-pounders on the main deck, four 6-pounders on the quarterdeck, and two 6-pounders on the forecastle. She began building in the succeeding April ; and, after being named the Southampton, was launched on the 5th of May, 1757. Another ship from the same draught, named the Diana, and built by Messieurs Batsons, on the Thames, was launched in August of the same year : she was sold out of the service in 1793. The Southampton may be considered...
Page 215 - French with 12, more or less dismasted ships. None of the French ships had at this time struck their colours ; or, if they had struck, had since rehoisted them : they, for the most part, were striving to escape, under a spritsail, or some small sail set on the tallest stump left to them, and continued to fire at every British ship that passed within gun-shot...
Page xlviii - Main sheet, a large rope affixed to the lower corner or clew of the mainsail by which, when set, it is hauled aft into its place. Main tack, another large rope affixed...
Page xlv - Braces, ropes fastened to the extremities of the yards to brace them about. Brails, ropes applied to the after leeches of the driver, and some of the stay-sails, to draw them up. Break ground, to weigh the anchor and quit a place. Breeching, a stout rope fixed to the cascabel of a gun. and fastened to the ship's side, to prevent the gun from running too far in. Bring to, to check the course of a ship by arranging the sails in such a manner that they shall counteract each other, and keep her nearly...
Page 176 - Never before,' says the Moniteur, 'did there exist in Brest a fleet so formidable and well-disposed as that which is now lying there. Unanimity and discipline reign among officers and men, and all burn with desire to fight the enemies of their country upon the very banks of the Thames, and under the walls of London.
Page 260 - ... complained against should have been tried for his conduct : it is not improbable that, although some might have been found guilty, others would have cleared themselves from every shadow of blame. We must not omit to add, that the corporation of the Trinity House, the merchants at Lloyd's, and the cities of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin, with the usual liberality of Britons on such occasions, opened a subscription for the relief of the wounded as well as of the widows and children of those who...

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