Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers; Jones. Woolsey. Perry. Dale Volume 2

Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers; Jones. Woolsey. Perry. Dale Volume 2

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...into that river. On being told, a formal invitation was given to join the officers on the other side in celebrating the day. Woolsey and his party remained some time in and about the Niagara. He passed up on the upper lake, and paid a visit on board the Adams, a brig that belonged to the War Department, which was subsequently taken by the British, at Hull's surrender, named the Detroit, and cut out from under Fort Erie, by Elliott, in 1812. The return to Oswego was less difficult, and was accomplished in two days. These were the first movements by American man-of-war's men that ever occurred on the great lakes--waters that have since become famous by the deeds of M'Donough, Perry, and Chauncey. Although the Oneida was put out of commission, Woolsey still remained in charge of the station that had thus been created. In 1810, his brig was again fitted out, and she continued in service until the declaration of war. In the spring of '12, Woolsey seized an English schooner that was smuggling, brought her in, and had her condemned. This was the vessel that was subsequently lost under Chauncey, under the name of the Scourge. A characteristic anecdote is related of Woolsey, in connection with the sale of some of the effects taken on board this vessel. Every thing on board her was sold, even to some trunks that had belonged to a female passenger. Woolsey took care that the hardship of the case of this lady should be made known, in the expectation no one would be found mean enough to bid against her agent. But in this he was mistaken. When the agent bid five dollars, a bloodsucker of a speculator bid ten--" Twenty '." shouted Woolsey, seating himself on one of the trunks, in a way that said, "I'll have them, if they cost a thousand...".
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123655762X
  • 9781236557629