John Paul Jones Commemoration at Annapolis, April 24, 1906

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1907 - Admirals - 210 pages

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Page 124 - The English commodore asked me if I demanded quarters; and, I having answered him in the most determined negative, they renewed the battle with double fury.
Page 126 - Richard afloat, and, if possible, to bring her into port. For that purpose, the first lieutenant of the Pallas continued on board with a party of men to attend the pumps, with boats in waiting ready to take them on board, in case the water should gain on them too fast. The wind augmented in the night, and the next day, on the 25th, so that it was impossible to prevent the good old ship from sinking.
Page 125 - Alliance, the leak gained on the pumps, and the fire increased much on board both ships. Some officers persuaded me to strike, of whose courage and good sense I entertain a high opinion. My treacherous master-at-arms let loose all my prisoners without my knowledge, and my prospect became gloomy indeed.
Page 124 - ... that she would sink, and the other two concluded that she was sinking, which occasioned the gunner to run aft on the poop, without my knowledge, to strike the colours.
Page 138 - D'Orvilliers and his judicious assistant the Chevalier Du Pavillion, who each of them honoured me with instructions respecting the science of governing the operations and police of a fleet, I confess I was not sensible how ignorant I had been, before that time, of naval tactics.
Page 112 - ... far short of the quantity expressed in the inventory which accompanied it. I have gratified my men; and, when the plate is sold, I shall become the purchaser, and will gratify my own feelings, by restoring it to you, by such conveyance as you shall please to direct. " Had the Earl been on board...
Page 126 - Richard afloat so as to reach a port, if the wind should increase, it being then only a very moderate breeze. I had but little time to remove my -wounded, which now became unavoidable, and which was effected in the course of the night and next morning. I was determined to keep the Bon Homme Richard...
Page 114 - Dougall, killed, and six wounded ; among whom are the gunner, Mr. Falls, and Mr. Powers, a midshipman, who lost his arm. One of the wounded, Nathaniel Wills, is since dead : the rest will recover.
Page 126 - They did not abandon her till after 9 o'clock. The water was then up to the lower deck, and a little after ten I saw with inexpressible grief the last glimpse of the Bon homme Richard.
Page 127 - Scarborough is an armed ship of 20 six-pounders, and was commanded by a king's officer. In the action the Countess of Scarborough and the Serapis were at a considerable distance asunder; and the Alliance, as I am informed, fired into the Pallas, and killed some men. If it should be asked why the convoy was suffered to escape, I must answer that I was myself in no condition to pursue, and that none of the rest showed any inclination, not even Mr. Ricot, who had held off at a distance to windward during...

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