A History of the War Between Great Britain and the United States of America; During the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814

A History of the War Between Great Britain and the United States of America; During the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...candidates for the laurel crown." According to James, "the Pelican mounted the usual establishment of her class, sixteen thirty-two pounder carronades, two long sixes, and a twelve pounder boat carronade. But unfortunately, Captain Maples, when recently at Jamaica, had received on board two brass sixes." Having no broadside ports for them, and unwilling to lower them into the hold as ballast, he knocked out two stern ports and mounted them there, "much to the annoyance," says James, "of the man at the helm, and without contributing in the slightest degree to the brig's actual force. The established complement of vessels of the Pelican's class was one hundred and twenty men and boys, of this number she lacked the second lieutenant and six men. The Argus mounted eighteen twentyfour pound carronades with two long twelves, her crew mustering one hundred and twentyfive strong. The original force had amounted to one hundred and fifty-seven, but thirty-two had been dispatched in prizes. At 6, A.m., the Argus opened her fire, and, after a sharp action of some forty-five minutes duration, was boarded and carried by the British sloop. The Pelican had one man killed and five wounded; the Argus six killed and eighteen wounded. Amongst the list of the mortally wounded were Captain Allen and two midshipmen. James gives the comparative force thus: --Pelican. Argus. Broadside guns 9 10 No. of lbs 262 228 Crew. (Men only.)..101 123 Size tons 3S5...........olti The respective forces engaged were so nearly equal that if is unnecessary to offer any further remark than the admission that whatever superiority there might have been it was on the side of the British, and that Captain Allen fought his vessel bravely under the slight...show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 558g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236599349
  • 9781236599346