Lives of the Most Celebrated British Admirals: Containing a Concise Account of the Characters, and an Accurate Detail of the Gallant Achievements, of the Most Distinguished Naval Heroes ...

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Oliver & Boyd, 1808 - Admirals - 223 pages

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Page 215 - after the action, I shifted my flag to her, that I might more easily communicate my orders to, and collect the ships, and towed the Royal Sovereign out to seaward. The whole fleet were now in a perilous situation; many dismasted, all shattered, in thirteen fathom water, off the shoals of Trafalgar; and when I made
Page 185 - man walking in his cabin, with a squadron around him, who looked up to their chief to lead them to glory, and in whom their chief placed the firmest reliance, that the proudest ships of equal numbers belonging to France would have lowered their flags, and with a very rich prize lying by him.—Figure to yourself, on Monday morning, when the
Page 213 - from the rear, leaving the van of the enemy unoccupied ; the succeeding ships breaking through in all parts a-stern of their leaders, and engaging the enemy at the muzzles of their guns ; the conflict was severe ; the enemy's ships were
Page 213 - previously determined on, and communicated. to the flag-officers and captains, few signals were necessary, and none were made, except to direct close order as the lines bore down. " The commander-in-chief in the Victory led the weather column, and the Royal Sovereign, which
Page 72 - it otherwise ; I am thankful for it. As for those " cowardly captains who deserted you, hang them up, " for by God, they deserve it.
Page 183 - battle, by a great victory over the fleet of the enemy, whom I attacked at sun-set on the 1st of August off the mouth of the Nile. The enemy Were moored in a strong line of
Page 52 - met with a French ship of considerable force, and commanded the captain to come on board, there being no war declared between the two nations. The captain, when he came, was asked by him, " Whether he was willing to lay down his sword, and
Page 216 - the commander-in-chief, who fell in the action of the 21st, in the arms of victory, covered with glory, whose memory will be ever dear to the British navy and the British nation, whose zeal for the honour of his king, and
Page 174 - Swiftsure Defence Zealous Two of these sub-squadrons were to attack the ships of war, while the third was to pursue the transports, and to sink and destroy as many as it could. The destination of the French armament was involved in doubt and uncertainty
Page 216 - glory of his country depended. The attack was irresistible, and the issue of it adds to the page of naval annals a brilliant instance of what Britons can do when their king and country need their service. "To the right honourable rear-admiral the earl of Northesk, to the captains, officers and seamen, and to the

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