Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-Officers, Superannuated Rear-Admirals, Retired-Captains, Post-Captains, and Commanders, Whose Names Appeared on the Admiralty List of Sea Officers at the Volume 1

Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-Officers, Superannuated Rear-Admirals, Retired-Captains, Post-Captains, and Commanders, Whose Names Appeared on the Admiralty List of Sea Officers at the Volume 1

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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. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ...including officers. The conflict is thus described by Captain Phillimore, in a letter to Lord Keith, dated Mar. 1,1814: "On the 25th ult., being then in lat. 47 40' N., and long. 9 30' W., we perceived a sail upon the lee-beam, to which we gave chase. We soon discovered her to be an enemy's frigate, and that she was endeavouring to out-manoeuvre us in bringing her to action; but having much the advantage in sailing (although the wind had unfortunately died away), we were enabled at about 5 o'clock to pass under her stern, hail her, and commence close action. "When receiving her broadside and passing to her bow, our mizen-mast was shot away. I then ordered the helm to be put down to lay her aboard; but the wreck of our mizen-mast lying on our quarter, prevented this desirable object from being accomplished. "The enemy just passed clear of us, and both officers and men of the Eurotas renewed the action with the most determined bravery and resolution, while the enemy returned our fire in a warm and gallant manner. We succeeded in raking her again, and then lay broadside to broadside. At 6-20, our ma'm-maat fell by the board, the enemy's mizen-mast falling a the same time; at 6-50, our fore-mast fell, and the enemy's main-mast almost immediately afterwards. At 7-10, she slackened her fire; but having her fore-mast standing, she succeeded with her fore-sail in getting out of range. During the whole of the action we kept up a heavy and well-directed fire; nor do I know which most to admire, the seamen at the great guns, or the marines with their small-arms, they vying with each other who should most annoy the enemy. " I was at this time so much exhausted by the loss of blood, from wounds I had received in the early part of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236532902
  • 9781236532909