The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 97

The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 97

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...in the verdict of the jury, and passed sentence of death on the prisoner, to whom he held out not the slightest hope of mercy; but the sentence was afterwards commuted to transportation for life. 81. Launch Of The "MarlBorough."--The magnificent lineof-battle ship Marlborough, of 131 guns, was this day launched at Portsmouth, having beea first christened with the accustomed ceremonies by Her Majesty. The occasion was, however, attended by more than one contre-temps, such as do not usually attend undertakings in which our beloved Sovereign takes a personal share; for, in the first place, it was a very rainy day--anything but "the Queen's weather;" and next, the noble ship for a long time refused to enter her proper element. A handsome pavilion had been 6et up for the Court, booths for the uaval and military authorities, the members of the Legislature, and other dignitaries. Galleries had been erected around the building-shed, and every spot that commanded a view of the sceno was crowded with spectators. The harbour was covered with vessels aud boats of every size and description, from which floated every imaginable flag. The spectators are computed at upwards of 50,000. At J 2 A.m. Her Majesty and Prince Albert landed from the Fairy, amid the shouts of the people aud the salutes of the line-of-battle ships; and having performed the ceremony of christening the ship, retired to the pavilion to witness tho launch. The master shipwright gave orders to knock away the blocks--every heart beat high--but tho vessel would not move. After some mechanical aids had been applied, she glided majestically forward, and her first movements were hailed with deafening shouts, the bands struck up, and guns boomed. But when the ship was...show more

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  • Paperback | 462 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894316
  • 9781236894311