Types of Naval Officers Drawn from the History of the British Navy: With Some Account of the Conditions of Naval Warfare at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century, and of Its Subsequent Development During the Sail Period

Front Cover
Sampson Low, Marston Limited, 1902 - 500 pages
1 Review

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

For fans of Patrick O'Brien, this book provides welcome non-fiction, if enthusiastic, coverage of the British Navy and officers like Jack Aubrey around the turn of the 19th century. The accounts of Howe's resupply of Gibraltar and skirmishes with the French off the coast of America are especially gripping. 

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 374 - Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
Page 200 - Whereupon every ship in the squadron is to steer for the ship of the enemy, which, from the disposition of the two squadrons, it must be her lot to engage, notwithstanding the signal for the line ahead will be kept flying ; making or shortening sail in such proportion as to preserve the distance assigned by the signal of the line, in order that the whole squadron may, as near as possible, come to action at the same time.
Page 473 - I believe they are within bounds, when they state their loss at 7,000 men. Our old friend John Gaze was as steady as a rock ; and it was a glorious sight to see the Charlotte take her anchorage, and to see her flag towering on high, when she appeared to be in the flames of the Mole itself; and never was a ship nearer burnt ; it almost scorched me off the poop ; we were obliged to haul in the ensign, or it would have caught fire.
Page 96 - Every person in the fleet, who through cowardice, negligence, or disaffection, shall in time of action withdraw or keep back, or not come into the fight or engagement, or shall not do his utmost to take or destroy every ship which it shall be his duty to engage, and to assist and relieve...
Page 140 - Night was now come, and being on a part of the coast, among islands and shoals, of which we were totally ignorant without a pilot, as was the greatest part of the squadron, and blowing hard on a lee shore, I made the signal to anchor, and came to in 15 fathom of water, the island of Dumet bearing E.
Page 280 - Lord Howe, with the British ships-of-war and all the transports in the river Delaware, must inevitably have fallen; and Sir Henry Clinton must have had better luck than is commonly dispensed to men of his profession under such circumstances, if he and his troops had not shared at least the fate of Burgoyne.
Page 469 - ... Lieutenant Burgess was met outside the mole by the captain of the port, who received the communication, and promised an answer in two hours. In the meantime a breeze springing up, the fleet stood into the bay, and lay to, about a mile from the town. At two o'clock Lieutenant Burgess and the boat were seen returning with the signal that no answer had been given. The admiral's ship, the
Page 365 - ... continue to fire until all mutiny or resistance should cease; and that, should it become absolutely necessary, he should even sink the ship in face of the fleet.' " Accordingly, at seven the next morning, all the launches, thus armed, proceeded from the Prince to the Blenheim, and thence, Captain Campbell having assumed the command, to the Marlborough.
Page 246 - 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 146 - Recollect some of these passages ; and, for God's sake, if you should be so lucky as to get sight of the enemy, get as close to them as possible. Do not let them shuffle with you by engaging at a distance, but get within musketshot, if you can ; that will be the way to gain great honour, and will be the means to make the action decisive.

Bibliographic information