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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Steam navigation. (search)
e Phoenix, then lately launched at Hoboken, around to the Delaware River; and in July, 1819, the steamship Savannah crossed the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Liverpool in twenty-six days. Six years later the steamship Enterprise went from Falmouth, England, to the East Indies, the first voyage of the kind ever made. For this achievement her commander (Captain Johnson) received $50,000. These were extraordinary voyages at that time. The beginning of the regular navigation of the ocean betwnah, Ga.May 24, 1819 First sea-going steam-vessel of iron, the Aaron Manby, is constructed at the Horsley Iron Works, England1821 First steam voyage to India made by the Enterprise, Captain Johnson, from London to Calcutta in 113 days, leaving FalmouthAug. 16, 1825 Fulton the First accidentally blown up at New YorkJune 4, 1829 Steamboat Royal William crosses the ocean from Quebec1831 John Randolph, first iron vessel in American waters, built by John Laird, of Birkenhead, and shipped in piec
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
laration of independence signed......May 20, 1775 John Hancock, of Massachusetts, chosen president of Congress......May 24, 1775 [Randolph having resigned on account of ill-health.] Congress adopts an Address to the inhabitants of Canada ......May 29, 1775 Congress adopts a second petition to the King......July 8, 1775 Congress organizes a systematic superintendence of Indian affairs......July 12, 1775 Benjamin Franklin, first postmastergeneral, establishes posts from Falmouth, Me., to Savannah, Ga.......July 26, 1775 Congress adopts an Address to the people of Ireland ......July 28, 1775 Resolved by Congress, That Michael Hillegas and George Clymer, Esqs., be joint treasurers of the United Colonies ......July 29, 1775 Peyton Randolph died at Philadelphia......Oct. 22, 1775 Thomas Paine publishes Common sense......Jan. 8, 1776 General Thomas died of small-pox at Chambly......June 2, 1776 Committee appointed by Congress to draw up a Declaration of
Penobscot and Port Royal, 1654, and the whole Acadian province is confirmed to the English, who hold it for thirteen years......1655 Towns of Scarborough and Falmouth erected (see 1786)......1658 Quakers hold their first meeting in Maine, at Newichawannock, or Piscataqua......December, 1662 Ferdinando Gorges, grandson o Sieur Artel, and fifty-four settlers captured and the settlement burned......March 18, 1690 Five hundred French and Indians under Castin attack Fort Loyal at Falmouth; the people abandon the village and retire to the garrison, May 16, which capitulates on the 20th, when the French, after burning the town, retire to Quebec withtilities in Maine brought to an end by the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, signed......Oct. 7, 1748 A treaty based on Drummer's treaty of 1725 made with Indians at Falmouth by commission from Massachusetts......Oct. 16, 1749 Indians attack Fort Richmond, on the Kennebec, but, hearing that the garrison had been reinforced, they re
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Massachusetts (search)
t, and a lesser one at the northeast, that increases the breadth to about 110 miles. Area, 8,315 square miles, in fourteen counties. Population, 1890, 2,238,943; 1900, 2,805,346. Capital, Boston. Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, sailing from Falmouth, England, after a passage of forty-nine days, discovers land in lat. 43° 30′ N......May 14, 1602 He discovers a mighty headland, which, from the quantity of codfish caught in the vicinity, is called Cape Cod; the voyagers land; this is the first and for her outlay in the expedition against Louisburg; this came over in solid coin......September, 1749 Sir William Pepperell, Thomas Hutchinson, James Otis, and two others, as commissioners, meet delegates from the Eastern Indian tribes at Falmouth (now Portland. Me.), and renew the treaty made a quarter of a century before......Oct. 16, 1749 Small-pox again visits Boston......1752 [Of 2,100 persons inoculated with it, only thirty-one died: of the 5,550 taken without inoculation, 51
r the Cape of Good Hope. On the morning of the 5th of August, the weather being fine, and the wind light from the south, we got under way for Table Bay. As we were steaming along the coast, we fell in with our consort, the Tuscaloosa, on her way to join us, at Saldanha Bay, in accordance with her instructions. She had been delayed by light winds and calms. She reported the capture of the enemy's ship Santee, from the East Indies, laden with rice, on British account and bound for Falmouth, in England. She had released her on ransom-bond. The Tuscaloosa being in want of supplies, I directed her to proceed to Simon Town, in Simon's Bay, to the eastward of the Cape, and there refit, and provide herself with whatever might be necessary. A little after mid-day, as we were hauling in for Cape Town, sail ho! was cried from aloft; and when we had raised the sail from the deck, we could see quite distinctly that the jaunty, newly painted craft, with the taper spars, and white canvas,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix I: Genealogy (search)
Stephen (2), born in 1723, being a bright boy, was sent to Harvard College, where he took his first degree in 1742, and his second in 1745. In this latter year (after having meanwhile taught a school in York) he went to Portland in Maine (then Falmouth), to be the schoolmaster of the town. This was the letter from the minister of the town inviting him:— Falmouth, November 15, 1744. Sir,—We need a school-master. Mr. Plaisted advises of your being at liberty. If you will undertake theFalmouth, November 15, 1744. Sir,—We need a school-master. Mr. Plaisted advises of your being at liberty. If you will undertake the service in this place, you may depend upon our being generous and your being satisfied. I wish you'd come as soon as possible, and doubt not but you'll find things much to your content. Your humble ser't, Thos. Smith. P. S. I write in the name and with the power of the selectmen of the town. If you can't serve us, pray advise us per first opportunity. The salary for the first year was £ 200, in a depreciated currency. He gained the respect of the community to such a degree t
Marine Disaster. Norfolk, April 4. --Barkentine D. C. Pierce, from Cuba, with sugar, bound for Falmouth, Eng., arrived in distress.
The Pritzes captured by the Confederate steamer Sumter released by the Spanish authorities --A telegraphic dispatch dated Boston, July 15, says: Captain White, of the bark Louisa Kelham, one of the vessels captured by the Confederate steamer Sumter, writes to the owners that he was captured July 6, the day he sailed from Cienfuegos, with 550 tons of sugar, shipped on Spanish account, and bound for Falmouth, England, for orders. He also states that it is the opinion of the Governor here that the Spanish laws won't let him (the Sumter) hold us. We expect to hear from Havana to-day. A letter from Messrs. Calmsac & Bros., at Havana, dated July 10th, says the prizes are now in the port of Cienfuegos, but would not be allowed to remain there. No more American vessels can at present find a charter from this island. Of course this caused a great excitement among American shipmasters. Another letter, dated Havana 10th, states positively that the Spanish authorities hav
Herald also devotes several columns to the privateer "Jeff. Davis," whose prizes are valued at $225,000." This trim little craft has had the audacity, it seems, to run way up amongst the Nantucket Shoals, and has of course created much excitement among the Yankees on that coast. The Herald's Newport correspondent gives the following account of the privateer's operations: Capture of the brig John Welsh. The John Welsh, Capt. Fifield, left Trinidad, Cuba, on the 22d of June, for Falmouth, England, having on board a cargo of 300 hogsheads and 475 boxes of sugar. She is owned in Philadelphia, principally by John Welsh, Esq., after whom she is named, and was chartered in Trinidad by a Spanish firm, the owners of the sugar. The voyage until Saturday, July 6, was made without the occurrence of any noteworthy incident, when, about 6 o'clock on the morning of that day, and while the vessel was off Hatteras, and a little to the east of the Gulf Stream, a brig was discovered ahead, sh
ll, set fire to and left her. The ship Ben Hoxie, of Mystic, Conn., about 1,300 tons burthen, Capt Crarey, from San Francisco, which place she left on the 13th January last, having since called at Mazatian and Aliamora, Mexico, bound to Falmouth, England, laden with logwood, hides, 30 tons of silver ore, and about $7,000 to $8,000 in gold, became a prize to the Florida on the 16th June lat 12 deg. long. about 29 deg. The captain, officers, and crew numbering the silver bars and the spas destroyed by fire on the following day. The silver ore which went down with the vessel was valued at $509,000. The captains and officers of the Red Gauntlet and B. Hoxie were, on the 19th of June, transferred to an Italian brig, bound to Falmouth, England, which the Florida met with, Capt. Maffit supplying them with provisions for the passage. Three of the crew of the Southern Cross, five of the Red Gauntlet, and three of the B. Hoxie, volunteered on board the Florida, at the rate of $2
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