Tales of the Ocean, and Essays for the Forecastle: Containing Matters and Incidents Humorous, Pathetic, Romantic and Sentimental

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[S.N.]Dickinson, 1842
 

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Strana 172 - I am pretty much hors de combat already,' said Dacres; 'I have hardly men enough left to work a gun, and my ship is in a sinking condition.' 'I wish to know, sir,' peremptorily demanded the American officer, 'whether I am to consider you as a prisoner of war or an enemy. I have no time for further parley.
Strana 30 - And portance in my travel's history; Wherein of antres vast, and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my hint to speak, — such was the process; And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Strana 171 - English captain frankly told him that he appreciated his patriotic feelings ; that he did not wish the Americans on board to use arms against their countrymen ; and he subsequently ordered them all into the cock-pit, to render assistance to the surgeons, if it should be necessary. Reed left the spar-deck after the Guerriere had commenced the action.
Strana 172 - Not precisely,' returned Dacres; 'but I don't know that it will be worth while to fight any longer.
Strana 170 - Morris immediately left his station on the gundeck to report the same to the commodore — and requested permission to return the fire, as the men were very desirous to engage the enemy. "Mr. Morris," was the commodore's reply, " are you ready for action on the gundeck ?" " Yes, sir." " Well, keep so ; but don't let a gun be fired till I give the word.
Strana 170 - Well, keep so ; but don't let a gun be fired till I give the word." In a few minutes Mr. Morris again appeared, and stated that he could with difficulty restrain the men from giving a broadside, so anxious were they to commence the engagement. " Mr. Morris," reiterated the commodore, intently gazing on the English frigate, " are you ready for action on the gundeck ?" " Yes, sir — and it is impossible for me any longer to restrain the men from firing on the foe. Their passions are wrought up to...
Strana 172 - Guerriere, which a few hours before was justly considered one of the most splendid specimens of naval architecture which belonged to the British navy, lay on the water an unsightly, unmanageable mass ; when he had no longer the stump of a mast left from which to display the proud flag of his country, the gallant Briton began to think be had got into an vijly scrape, from which he could not possibly extricate himself.
Strana 171 - Mass., at present a respectable ship master out of Boston, had been pressed on board the Guerriere a few weeks previous to the engagement. Several other American seamen were also on board. When the Constitution was bearing down in such gallant style, and it became evident that a severe action with an American frigate was inevitable, young Reed left his station and proceeded to the quarter-deck, and respectfully, but firmly represented to Capt. Dacres, that he was an American citizen, who had been...
Strana 172 - I wish to know, sir," peremptorily demanded the American officer, "whether I am to consider you as a prisoner of war, or an enemy. I have no time for farther parley." " I believe there is now no alternative. If I could fight longer. I would with pleasure — but — I — must — surrender — myself — prisoner of war.
Strana 332 - Under these circumstances we feel ourselves obliged to report, in our opinion, a few days more of such exposure as they have already undergone, would reduce the number of the crew, by sickness, to such an extent as to hazard the safety of the ship and the lives of all on board.

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