The Nelson Navy Book

The Nelson Navy Book

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...no notice. By daylight Smith was in a position to discern the anchorage of Brest sufficiently to ascertain that there were no men-of-war in the road. Thus he had accomplished his mission. But how was he to get back 1 We cannot tell the story better than by quoting from Sir Sidney's despatch to Sir John Warren. He says: "I observed the wreck of a large ship on Mingan Island. It now became necessary to make the best of my way out of the passage; I accordingly altered my course for that purpose, taking a direction to repass the line-of-battle ship. A corvette, which was steering in a parallel direction to us, was the first to take alarm at this change of movement. She brought to, making signals, which communicated the alarm to the other two ships, and both hoisted their topsail-yards immediately, and began getting under sail; my situation was now extremely critical. I saw, by the course the line-of-battle ship had taken, her intention to cut me off in my passage between her and the rocks, so that I could not effectuate it. There seemed no alternative but to remove their alarm by a conduct that should bespeak ourselves unconcerned. I accordingly steered down directly within hail of this ship, which lay in my way between Basse Beusec and the Trepieds. I could by this time see she was a disabled ship, pumping from leaks, with jury topmasts, and that some of her upper-deck ports were without guns; and to avoid being questioned in any way that might embairass me to answer, I began the conversation in French with the captain, who was in the stern gallery. I accounting for my change of course by saying I observed his disabled state, and came down to him to know if I could render him any assistance; he answered, thanking me for the offer, but saying he...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511522
  • 9781236511522