The Log of a Jack Tar

The Log of a Jack Tar

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...to get something more than hard thumps for all this rough service. This went on to the middle of April, one division of boats being on duty every night to watch the motions of the enemy, when several regular fireships arrived from England besides three bomb-ketches and some small craft with congreve rockets. Colonel Congreve himself also came out to superintend the rocket vessels. Lord Cochrane now got permission to fit up the Mediator storeship as a fire-vessel; while the French, being aware of our intention to roast them alive, got She was a whaler, and the crew paid in shares or " lays." down their yards and topmasts and rigged out fire-booms to prevent the fire-ships grappling them. All being in readiness, we only waited for a fair wind, and one blowing on the 8th soon after dark twenty-one fire-ships slipped their cables and stood for the boom with a fresh breeze and a flood tide, Lord Cochrane in the Mediator leading. Our boats all followed to assist in destroying the boom and also to pick up and protect the men from the fireships; but the Mediator struck the boom with such violence as to carry all before her. The Frenchmen now seeing the fire-ships pouring in upon them opened a heavy fire from both lines in order if possible to sink them before they could grapple. The sight at this time, to us in the boats, was awfully grand; all the fire-ships were ablaze in a few minutes, while the bomb ketches and rocket vessels began throwing bombs and rockets into the 'forts on the Isle of Aix. Though the French fire was so tremendous as to sink several of the fire-ships, Lord Cochrane managed to put the Mediator on board the Ocean, a French three-decker, and several other French ships slipped or cut their cables and were...
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770552
  • 9781236770554