Permanent Fortifications and Sea-Coast Defences; To Accompany Bill H.R. 416 Report

Permanent Fortifications and Sea-Coast Defences; To Accompany Bill H.R. 416 Report

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...a loss of men, and in so wretched a condition, that I cannot prevail on myself to enter into the particulars of a disaster which I heartily wish could be blotted out of the annals and of the remembrance of this nation." So much for the naval attacks on Porto Bello. "Among the rest, the island of Guadaloupe it remarkably in point," Sfc.--The attacks quoted in the report are those of 1759 and 1794. The first wag made by Commodore Moore, with 10 ships-of-the-line, some frigates and gun vessels, carrying about 1,000 guns, and 60 transports, with 800 marines, and a land force of six regiments of the line, a detachment of engineers and artillerists, and a large number of volunteers from the English islands--in all, about 6,000 men. The defences consisted of a citadel and several open water batteries, carrying in all, about 100 guns. The several garrisons were composed of "five companies of regular troops, scarce making 100 men in the whole island." The ships and batteries were here actually brought into contact, and the following is the order of the engagement, so far as given by the English writers themselves: British ships. No. guns. Batteries. No. grins. The Leon................. 60 engaged with........ 1st battery 9 Berwick.............. 74 engaged with........ 4th battery 7 Rippon............... 60 engaged with........ 5th battery 6 St. George............ 90 Cambridge............ 80 engaged with........ Citadel 47 Norfolk............... 74) How the other ships and batteries were engaged, or whether engaged at all, is not stated. Some of the English writers state the armament of the citadel at 43 guns, and that of the Berwick ship at 66--an unimportant difference; all agree upon the other points. Here was a naval force of 7...show more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 513g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566343
  • 9781236566348