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James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), Preface (search)
, reported Commander Armstrong, she possesses the finest qualities of any ship I ever sailed in; rolls as easy as a cradle, and stands up under her canvas like a church. Lying under her stern is the captain's gig; her other boats seem to have been called away; probably one of the watches has gone ashore. Few annals in the history of the United States are of greater and more compelling interest than those connected with the achievement of its sailors. The descendants of Drake and Frobisher, led by John Paul Jones, Perry, Bainbridge, Porter, and other illustrious naval heroes in the days of lofty spars and topsails, made a name for themselves both on the sea and on the lasting scrolls of history. Their records, penned by historians and novelists, form brilliant pages in American literature. Therefore, it was not strange that a conflict in which officers and seamen of the same race and speech, graduates of the same historic Naval Academy and sailing the same seas and along t
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), The blockade (search)
sense a blockade-runner except for the fact that she had escaped from Charleston and made the open sea. It was intended that she should intercept American merchant vessels, and she was practically a privateer. She had already made one or two prizes when, mistaking the Perry for a merchantman, she suffered the consequences. The blockade had more to do with the blockade-runners than with the privateers; the history of these latter vessels, daring as any adventurers in the days of Drake or Frobisher, is of the greatest interest. The careers of the Sumter and the brig Jefferson Davis, the Amelia, the Dixie, the Petrel, the Bonita, the James Gray, and many others would A pursuer of many prizes — the Santiago de Cuba This vigilant blockader was one of the first to see active service. As early as December 3, 1861, Commander D. B. Ridgely brought her ten guns to bear upon the schooner Victoria and captured her off Point Isabel on her way to the West Indies with a cargo of cotton.
elong to the mizzen. Spen′cer-mast. (Nautical.) A small mast abaft a lower mast for hoisting a trysail. Spend. (Mining.) To break ground, to work a way. Sperma-tor-rhe′a Syr′inge. (Surgical.) An instrument for injecting the male urethra with emollients, astringents, or caustic, as the case may require. Otis' Spermatorrhea syringe. Spetch′es. The trimmings of hides, used for making glue. Sphe′ra-nau′ti-ca. An old-time nautical instrument, mentioned in Frobisher's voyages. Sphere. See globe; armillary sphere. Spher′e-o-type. (Photography.) A positive collodion picture taken upon glass by placing a mat before the plate, so as to give a distinct margin to the picture. Sphere-turning lathe. Sphere-turn′ing lathe. A lathe for turning billiard-balls and similar objects to a truly spherical form. In Hyatt's (Fig. 5376), the ball is held between chucks a, attached to opposite spindles, and moved toward each oth
his son being of the number, set sail for China by way of the north-east. On the fifth day of May he had attained the height of the north cape of Norway; but fogs and fields of ice near Nova Zembla closed against him the straits of Vaigatz. Remembering the late accounts from Virginia, Hudson, with prompt decision, turned to the west, to look for some opening north of the Chesapeake. On the thirtieth of May he took in water at the Faro isles, and in Chap. XV.} 1609. was on the track of Frobisher. Early in July, with foremast carried away and canvas rent in a gale, he found himself among fishermen from France on the Banks of Newfoundland. On the eighteenth he entered a very good harbor on the coast of Maine, mended his sails, and refitted his ship with a foremast from the woods. On the fourth of August, a boat was sent on shore at the headland which Gosnold seven years before had called Cape Cod, and which was now named New Holland; and on the eighteenth of August, the Half Moon
dia, 445. Persecutes the Huguenots, II 174. War with the Five Nations, 419-423. Character of its monarchy, 467. Its rivalry with England, III. 115. Missions, 128. Contends for the fisheries and the west, 175. War with England, 176. Indian alliance, 177. War with the Iroquois, 189. Colonial boundaries, 192. Excludes England from Louisiana, 203. Sends Indians into New England, 214. Desires peace, III. 225 Extent of her possessions, 235. Builds Crown Point and Niagara forts, 341. Influence on the Ohio, 346. War with Spain, claims Texas, 353. War with the Natchez, 358. Its government of Louisiana, 364. War with the Chickasas, 365 With England, 450. Ill success of her fleets, 463. Franciscans in Maine, II. 136. Franklin, Benjamin, his character, II. 375. Defends freedom of the press, 395. His volunteer militia, 456. Frederica founded, II. 430. Frederick II., in. 452. Friends. See Quakers. Frobisher's voyages, I. 81. Frontenac's expedition, II. 182.
tory before. The period of which he treats in his present volume, is one of the most interesting in history. It is that of the Great Armada, which was sent to invade England, and which was destroyed in the Channel and the North Sea, by Drake, Frobisher, Raleigh, the English fire-ships, the winds, the waves, the cliffs of England, and the iron-bound coast of Norway. The researches of Mr. Motley place an entirely different face upon the events of this period, from what they have ever before bopanish invasion, and he encouraged her not to believe anything so unpleasant. In that way he kept his office, and got credit for the happy event, which was due to no foresight of his own. To Walsingham,--first of all — to Drake, to Raleigh, to Frobisher, to Essex, to Hawkins--to her gallant seamen, and her invincible little Navy — England owed her salvation from the danger. These facts, which have just come out now, in the 19th century, offer a singular commentary upon the manner in which his
Loss of an Arctic Exploring vessel. --A letter received by Henry Grinnell, Esq., from Capt. Hall, commander of the new expedition to the Arctic regions, announces the loss of the schooner Rescue, in the terrible gale of last August, which did so much damage to shipping on the northeast coast. It was the seventh voyage of the Rescue to the Arctic seas. The gale commenced on the 26th, and continued forty-eight hours with the greatest violence, and caused the loss, besides the Rescue, of the brig Georgiana and Captain Hall's expedition boat. Captain Hall, however, writes in the best of spirits, and announces that he has already perfected arrangements for continuing his researches when navigation opens in the spring. The results already accomplished by the expedition are important. Both Frobisher's and Cumberland Straits Captain Hall asserts to be mere inlets or bays, he having seen them in their entire extent.
that every ship, after the danger should be passed, was to return to its post and await his further orders. But it was useless in that moment of unreasoning panic to issue commands. The despised Gianibelli, who had met with so many rebuffs at Philip's court, and who, owing to official incredulity, had been but partially successful in his magnificent enterprise at Antwerp, had now inflicted more damage on Philip's armada than had hitherto been accomplished by Howard and Drake, Hawkins and Frobisher combined. So long as night and darkness lasted, the confusion and uproar continued. When the morning dawned, several of the Spanish vessels lay disabled, while the rest of the fleet was seen at a distance of two leagues from Calais, driving towards the Flemish coast. The author describes vividly the wreck, produced by this expedition of the fireships of the squadron of galeases, "the largest and most splendid vessel in the armada, the show-ship of the fleet, 'the very glory and