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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), U. S. S. Constitution, or old Ironsides, (search)
nd blown up after her people were removed. This exploit of Hull made him the theme of many toasts, songs, and sonnets. One rhymester wrote concerning the capture of the Guerriere: Isaac did so maul and rake her, That the decks of Captain Dacre Were in such a woful pickle, As if Death, with scythe and sickle, With his sling, or with his shaft, Had cut his harvest fore and aft. Thus, in thirty minutes, ended Mischiefs that could not be mended; Masts and yards and ship descended All to Davy Jones's locker— Such a ship, in such a pucker. Hull had seven men killed and seven wounded. Dacres lost seventy men killed and wounded. The news of this victory was received with joy throughout the country. The people of Boston gave Hull and his officers a banquet, at which 600 citizens sat down. The authorities of New York gave him the freedom of the city in a gold box. Congress thanked him and awarded him a gold medal, and appropriated $50,000 to be distributed as prize-money among the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dacres, James Richard, 1788-1828 (search)
Dacres, James Richard, 1788-1828 Naval officer; born in Suffolk, England, Aug. 22, 1788; James Richard Dacres. son of Vice-Admiral Dacres, who was a commander in the battle with Arnold on Lake Champlain in 1776. The son entered the royal navy in 1796, and, being placed in command of the frigate Guerriere in 1811, was sent to fight the Americans. He proudly boasted that he would send the Constitution to Davy Jones's locker when he should be so fortunate as to meet her. She had escaped him in her famous retreat, but willingly met and fought the Guerriere afterwards. Dacres was then captain. He attained the rank of flag-officer in 1838, and in 1845 was vice-admiral and commander-in-chief of the fleet at the Cape of Good Hope. He was presented with a gratuity from the Patriotic fund at Lloyd's, in consideration of his wound. He was married, in 1810, to Arabella Boyd, who died in 1828. He died in Hampshire, England, Dec. 4, 1853. See U. S. S. Constitution (frigate).