The Lone Hand Volume 3

The Lone Hand Volume 3

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...round at her moorings and began to get her broadsides to bear, the crew of the privateer fired their vessel and abandoned her. AMKRICA FIRST ENTERS THE PACIFIC. But, if the American privateer was active, British letters-of-marque were not asleep. In the Pacific, which was thick with American whalers, the enterprising letter-of-marque men were making wholesale captures, and, with a view of rectifying this condition of affairs, Commodore Porter, in charge of the Essex, after a CAPTAIN J. P. MCRDOCK, RHODE ISLAM). Copyright. stormy passage, made his way into the Pacific. Cruising in the neighborhood of the Galapagos Islands, he took 12 British whalers out of a total of 20 engaged in the fishery, and captured every British letter-of-marque in the Pacific. In 1814 the Essex met her fate. While; she lay at anchor in the harbor of Valparaiso two British warships sailed in, and took up their stations in such a way as to render any effort to escape hopeless. During the course of their stay the opposing vessels exchanged courtesies, their captains and other officers calling on each other, and bandying many a pleasant word and jest. Judged by their amiability and genialness they might have been just friends in a friendly port. One day, however, the British frigates--the Phoebe and Cherub--weighed their anchors, loosened their sails, and stood out of port. Porter watched them go, but without illusions. Their departure meant no magnanimous abandonment: it was simply an invitation to "come outside." Day after day, for many days, the two British ships cruised up and down in the open roadsteadvigilant, inexorable, inescapable--and Porter, from the Essex, watching them, wished them well away, for he had lost his maintopmast, and would be forced to fight...show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603176
  • 9781236603173