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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
er a press of sail. Not until the Alabama got up steam did she gain on the chase, and it was only after many hours that the Confederate vessel overhauled and captured her. On this occasion the Alabama, for the first time, hoisted the new flag of the Southern Confederacy, a white ensign with cross and stars, rather a handsome flag and a great improvement on the original banner of secession, although it could have little effect in sustaining a declining cause. The prize was the Contest from Yokohama, with a light cargo of Japanese goods consigned to merchants in New York. The two vessels were anchored in fourteen fathoms in the open sea with no land visible, and it was after night-fall before the crew and plunder of the prize were removed to the Alabama. Then the torch was applied to the captured vessel, and the little plunderer sailed away in search of other victims. Semmes now turned the Alabama's head to the eastward, and passed through Carimata Strait in five days, although ve
Guam, The chief island in the Ladrone group, in the Pacific Ocean, situated about 1,500 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Islands, 1,350 miles southeast of Yokohama, and 3,300 miles west by south of Honolulu. During the war with Spain it was seized by the United States naval authorities, June 21, 1898; and by the treaty of peace was ceded to the United States. On Feb. 1, 1899, formal American possession was taken, Capt. Richard P. Leary, U. S. N., becoming the first governor. Under his regime much progress towards a higher civilization was made. Polygamy was abolished, and on Feb. 22, 1900, slavery. The United States government has established a naval and coaling station in the harbor of San Luis d'apra, to facilitate operations between the United States and the Philippines. It is estimated that the improvements will cost several million dollars, as there is to be a breakwater, a coaling wharf and repair shops, and shore batteries for protection. On Nov. 13, 1900, a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Navy of the United States (search)
Honolulu, Hawaii; Key West, Fla.; Indian Head, Md.; Mare Island, Cal. (navy-yard); Newport, R. I. (training station, naval war college, and torpedo station); New York, N. Y. (navy-yard); Norfolk, Va (navy-yard); Pensacola, Fla. (navyyard); Philadelphia, Pa. (navy-yard); Cavite, Philippine Islands; Port Royal, S. C.; Portsmouth, N. H. (navy-yard); Puget Sound, Wash. (navy-yard); San Francisco, Cal. (training station); San Juan, Porto Rico; Tutuila, Samoa; Washington, D. C. (navy-yard); and Yokohama, Japan (naval hospital). Naval officers were also employed on the lighthouse board, the board of light-house inspectors, the commission of fish and fisheries, the nautical school-ships, and as attaches of embassies and legations in foreign countries. The following shows the pay of officers of the navy and marine corps: Rank.At Sea. Or shore duty beyond sea.On Shore Duty.On Leave or Waiting Orders. Admiral$13,500$13,500 Rear-Admirals, first nine7,5006,375 Rear-Admirals, second ni
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Treaties. (search)
ngtonFeb. 24, 1881 Japan: Treaty of Peace, amity, commerce, etc.KanagawaMar. 31, 1854 Treaty of Commercial; ports openedSimodaJune 17, 1857 Principal treaties and conventions of the United States with other powers—Continued. Foreign Power and Object of Treaty.Where Concluded.Date. Japan—Continued: Treaty of Peace, amity, and commerceTokioJuly 29, 1858 Convention of Reducing import dutiesTokioJan. 28, 1864 Convention of Indemnities. (U. S., Great Britain, France, and Holland sign)YokohamaOct. 22, 1864 Convention of Regarding expense of shipwrecksTokioMay 17, 1880 Treaty of ExtraditionTokioApril 29, 1886 Korea: Treaty of Peace, amity, commerce, navigationYin-ChuenMay 22, 1882 Loo-Choo: Convention of Permitting unobstructed tradeNapaJuly 11, 1854 Liberia: Treaty of Commerce and navigationLondonOct. 21, 1862 Luxemburg: Treaty of ExtraditionBerlinOct. 29, 1883 Madagascar: Treaty of CommerceAntananarivoFeb. 14, 1867 Mexico: Treaty of ExtraditionMexicoDec. 11, 1861
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
asses of persons in the Southern States......Dec. 14, 1869 Edwin M. Stanton, born 1814, dies at Washington, D. C.......Dec. 24, 1869 Telegraph operators' strike throughout the country......Jan. 4, 1870 Statue of Nathanael Greene, placed in the old hall of House of Representatives by Rhode Island, accepted by resolution of Congress......Jan. 20, 1870 British Peninsular and Oriental steamship Bombay collides with and sinks the United States corvette Oneida, about 20 miles from Yokohama, Japan; 112 lives lost......Jan. 23, 1870 Prince Arthur, of Great Britain, reaches New York, Jan. 21, and is presented to President Grant......Jan. 24, 1870 Virginia readmitted by act approved Jan. 26, and government transferred to civil authorities by General Canby......Jan. 27, 1870 George Peabody buried at Peabody (South Danvers), Mass......Feb. 8, 1870 Congress authorizes the Secretary of War to establish a weather bureau for the United States......Feb. 9, 1870 Northern Paci
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams, Edward P. 1833- (search)
Williams, Edward P. 1833- Naval officer; born in Castine, Me., Feb. 26, 1833; graduated at the United States Naval Academy, June 10, 1853; promoted lieutenant, Sept. 16, 1855, and lieutenant-commander in July, 1862; was one of the volunteers under Admiral Dahlgren to attack Fort Sumter. During that action, on the night of Sept. 8, 1863, he commanded the sailors and marines in the first division of boats; was taken prisoner and held in Columbia, S. C., for a year, till exchanged; promoted commander in July, 1866. He was placed in command of the steamer Oneida in the Asiatic fleet. On Jan. 24, 1870, he sailed from Yokohama, and at 6.30 P. M. his vessel collided with the English mailsteamer Bombay in Tokio Bay and sank in a few minutes. Twenty-two officers, including Williams, and 115 men were lost.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wrecks. (search)
n shore......Feb. 16, 1853 Explosion of steamboat Gazelle at Canemah, Or.; twenty-one killed and many wounded......April 8, 1854 Steamboat Secretary, crossing San Pablo Bay from San Francisco to Petaluma, bursts her boiler; more than fifty lives lost......April 15, 1854 Steamer Northerner wrecked on a rock near Cape Mendocino, between San Francisco and Oregon; thirty-eight lives lost......Jan. 6, 1860 American vessel Oneida run down by Peninsular and Oriental steamer Bombay, off Yokohama; about 115 lives lost......Jan. 24, 1870 American steamer Pacific collides, 30 miles southwest of Cape Flattery; 236 lives lost......Nov. 4, 1875 American schooner Sunshine stranded near Cape Foulweather, Or.; twenty lives lost......Nov. 18, 1875 American bark Malleville stranded on Vancouver Island; nineteen lives lost......Oct. 10, 1882 Grappler burned near Bute Inlet, Vancouver Island; about seventy lives lost......about May 3, 1883 American schooner Flying Scud, bound
from my bowchaser. Still she kept on, and it was not until all hope was evidently lost, that the proud clipper-ship, which had been beaten rather by the failure of the wind, than the speed of the Alabama, shortened sail and hove to. When the captain was brought on board, I congratulated him on the skilful handling of his ship, and expressed my admiration of her fine qualities. He told me that she was one of the most famous clipper-ships out of New York. She was the Contest, from Yokohama, in Japan, bound to New York. She was light, and in fine sailing trim, having only a partial cargo on board. There being no attempt to cover the cargo, consisting mostly of light Japanese goods, lacker-ware, and curiosities, I condemned both ship and cargo. I was sorry to be obliged to burn this beautiful ship, and regretted much that I had not an armament for her, that I might commission her as a cruiser. Both ships now anchored in the open sea, with no land visible, in fourteen fathoms of
large images are cast in several pieces, and afterward soldered together During our stay at Tolon-Noor we saw a single statue of Buddha which made in its various pieces the load of 80 camels. It was intended as a present to the Tale Lama. — Abbe Huc's Travels in Tartary, 1844-4 i. The Daibutz. Buddha in Nirvana (Kamakura, Japan). The great statue of Buddha in Nirvana — that is, in a state of utter annihilation of external consciousness — is at Kamakura, half a day's march from Yokohama, in Japan. The statue represents Buddha sitting in the Oriental manner, upon a lotus. The statue is of bronze, is 50 feet high and 96 in circumference at the base. It is hollow, and the interior is fitted up as a temple, with images. It was cast about 600 years ago, in sections of a few feet square and an inch or more in thickness. The joints were so well fitted, that after the lapse of centuries they are only to be detected by discoloration arising from the weather. It is placed on a pede<
Orkney60 1874Valentia to Newfoundland1,900 United States vessels have lately been employed in taking soundings for the Pacific cable. When this line of telegraph is laid, its length between the terminal points, namely, San Francisco and Yokohama, will be 5,573 nautical miles. The cable will, however, be divided into three sections, — from San Francisco to Honolulu, 2,093 miles; from Honolulu to Midway Island, 1,220; and from Midway Island to Yokohama, 2,260 miles. a, Fig. 6243, is tYokohama, 2,260 miles. a, Fig. 6243, is the Ohio River cable. It is composed of an interior wire of No. 10 Swedish iron, surrounded by three coats of gutta-percha and three of Osnaburg, the whole inclosed in No. 10 longitudinal wires, and lashed with one of similar size. b is the Hudson River cable. It has three No. 10 conducting wires, each insulated by a gutta-percha covering inclosed in the same material, and is wrapped with tarred yarn. c is an improvement on this, the wires being separated by solid gutta-percha incorporate
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