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Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers, Volume 1
James Fenimore Cooper
No preview available - 2008
action affair ahead Alliance American appears battle boat brig bring British brought called Capt captain carried character charges circumstances close command commenced commodore connected course crew cruise Dale direct distance duty early effect Elliott employed enemy engaged English entered escape event fact fire force formed friends gave give given guns head hour Jones known Lake land latter Lawrence lieutenant light marine means mentioned navy never Niagara obtained occasion occurred officer opinion party passed Paul Perry port possession present prize probably proved quarter question Ranger rank reached reason received remained render respect Richard sailed schooner sent Serapis ship short shot side soon squadron station subsequently superior thing tion took true vessel whole wind Woolsey writer young
Page 180 - Niagara, gallantly into close action; I immediately went on board of her, when he anticipated my wish by volunteering to bring the schooners, which had been kept astern by the lightness of the wind, into close action.
Page 208 - The Niagara being very •little injured, I determined to pass through the enemy's line, bore up and passed ahead of their two ships and a brig, giving a raking fire to them from the starboard guns, and to a large schooner and sloop, from the larboard side, at half pistol shot distance.
Page 208 - Elliott was enabled to bring his vessel, the Niagara, gallantly into close action; I immediately went on board of her, when he anticipated my wish by volunteering to bring the schooners, which had been kept astern by the lightness of the wind, into close action.
Page 11 - I am able to give you no account of my future proceedings, as they depend upon circumstances which are not fully determined. " I have enclosed you a copy of an affidavit made before Governor Young by the Judge of the Court of Vice-Admiralty...
Page 65 - what ship is that? He was answered, " I can't hear what you say." immediately after the Serapis hailed again, " what ship is that ? Answer immediately, or I shall be under the necessity of firing into you." At this moment I received orders from Commodore Jones to commence the action with a broadside, which indeed appeared to be simultaneous on board both ships. Our position being to windward of the Serapis we passed a-head of her, and the Serapis coming up on our larboard quarter, the action commenced...
Page 14 - I am under no concern whatever, that this, or any past circmstance of my life, will sink me in your opinion. Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well.
Page 208 - SIR — In my last I informed you that we had captured the enemy's fleet on this lake. I have now the honor to give you the most important particulars of the action, On the morning of the 10th inst.
Page 209 - Captain Brevoort of the army, who acted as a volunteer, in the capacity of a marine officer, on board that vessel, is an excellent and brave officer, and with his musketry did great execution.
Page 11 - I staked my honour, life, and fortune for six long months on the verdict of a British jury, notwithstanding I was sensible of the general prejudices which ran against me ; but, after all, none of my accusers had the courage to confront me.
Page 135 - Newark, and the appearance of cultivation on every side, had an effect like that of enchantment on those who had been coasting a wilderness for a week. Even Oswego, though an old station, had little the air of a peopled country, but the region along the banks of the Niagara had been settled as long as that on the banks of the Hudson, and the transition was like that of suddenly quitting the forest to be placed in the midst of the labors of man. It was the Fourth of July, and the launch entered the...