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These difficulties were certainly very great; and Nelson said, beforehand, that the wind which might carry hppled ship. Had the Danes supposed it possible for Nelson to approach with his large vessels, the line of flo. In that case, says Napoleon, it is probable that Nelson would have failed in his attack; for it would have erve, under Admiral Parker, while the others, under Nelson, advanced to the King's Channel. This attacking fohe Crown-battery enlarged, and its power was felt. Nelson saw the danger to which his fleet was exposed, and,three of the English ships, including that in which Nelson himself was, struck upon the bank. They were in thf the wars of the French Revolution, in speaking of Nelson's request for an armistice, says: This letter, whicgether uncertain. The Bombardment of Copenhagen by Nelson, as it is generally styled, is therefore, like mostthe Crown-batteries were unmasked and began to act, Nelson prepared to retreat, but, on account of the difficu
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eferred to as proving the expediency of maritime descents. The following is a brief narrative of this expedition :-- Napoleon had projected vast fortifications, dock-yards, and naval arsenals at Flushing and Antwerp for the protection of a maritiunds for the last excuse; but the true reason for their conduct was the fear of getting involved in a war with England. Napoleon says that, even at that season, a few days would have been sufficient for placing a hundred guns in battery, and that Swilent and allow the fleet to pass near that shore, out of reach of Cronenberg and Elsinore. 3d. It is the opinion of Napoleon and the best English writers, that if the Swedish battery had been put in order, and acted in concert with the Danish wold have been formed nearer Copenhagen, the right supported by batteries raised on the isle of Amack. In that case, says Napoleon, it is probable that Nelson would have failed in his attack; for it would have been impossible for him to pass between t
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out till February, 1760, without meeting a single British vessel, although sixty-one ships of the line were then stationed upon the coasts of England and France, and several of these were actually in pursuit. In 1796, when the French attempted to throw the army of Hoche into Ireland, the most strenuous efforts were made by the British navy to intercept the French fleet in its passage. The Channel fleet, of near thirty sail of the line, under Lord Bridport, was stationed at Spithead; Sir Roger Curtis, with a smaller force, was cruising to the westward; Vice-admiral Colpoys was stationed off Brest, with thirteen sail of the line; and Sir Edward Pellew (afterwards Lord Exmouth) watched the harbor, with a small squadron of frigates. Notwithstanding this triple floating bulwark, as it was called--one fleet on the enemy's coast, a second in the Downs, and a third close on their own shores — the French fleet of forty-four vessels, carrying a land force of twenty-five thousand men, reache
ing of their troops, the allies failed to get possession of a single strong place; and after a loss of six thousand men, were compelled to capitulate. Such, says Alison, was the disastrous issue of the greatest expedition which had yet sailed from the British harbors during the war. In 1801, Nelson, with three ships of the lins when the fleet first passed, is thus described in James's Naval History: Some of them were dilapidated, and others but partially mounted and poorly manned. And Alison says: They had been allowed to fall into disrepair. The castles of Europe and Asia, indeed, stood in frowning majesty, to assert the dominion of the Crescent at r only one of their whole number was intercepted by the vast naval force which England had assembled for that express object. The result of this expedition, says Alison, was pregnant with important instructions to the rulers of both countries. To the French, as demonstrating the extraordinary risks which attend a maritime expedi
risoned with two hundred and fifty men. Notwithstanding this great disparity of numbers, the little redoubt sunk seven of the enemy's brigs and gunboats, captured another, and forced the remainder to retreat with great loss; while the garrison had but one man killed and three wounded. In 1801, the French, with three frigates and six thousand men, attacked the poorly-constructed works of Porto Ferrairo, whose defensive force was a motley garrison of fifteen hundred Corsicans, Tuscans, and English. Here the attacking force was four times as great as that of the garrison; nevertheless they were unsuccessful after several bombardments and a siege of five months. In July of the same year, 1801, Admiral Saumarez, with an English fleet of six ships of the line and two smaller vessels, carrying in all five hundred and two guns, attacked the Spanish and French defences of Algesiras. Supposing the floating forces of the contending parties to be equal, gun for gun, (which is certainly a
e. If we were to allow it to go to sea for the protection of our commerce. its character and efficiency as a harbor defence would be lost. We can therefore regard it only as a local force — fixed within the limits of the defence of this particular place — and our estimates must be made accordingly. The average durability of ships of war in the British navy, has been variously stated at seven and eight years in time of war, and from ten to twelve and fourteen years in time of peace. Mr. Perring, in his Brief Inquiry, published in 1812, estimates the average durability at about eight years. His calculations seem based upon authentic information. A distinguished English writer has more recently arrived at the same result, from estimates based upon the returns of the Board of Admiralty during the period of the wars of the French Revolution, The data in our own possession are less complete; the appropriations for building and repairing having been so expended as to render it imposs
ral was not likely to get up to aid the enterprise; that the principal batteries of the enemy, and the ships at the mouth of the harbor, were yet untouched; that two of his own division had grounded, and others were likely to share the same fate Campbell says these batteries and ships were still unconquered. Two of his [Nelson's] own vessels were grounded and exposed to a heavy fire; others, if the battle continued, might be exposed to a similar fate, while he found it would be scarcely practicaations, or for a favorable wind to make the attack upon Constantinople, the fortifications of this city were put in order, and the Turks actively employed, under French engineers and artillery officers, in repairing the defences of the Straits. Campbell, in his Naval History, says :--Admiral Duckforth now fully perceived the critical situation in which he was placed. He might, indeed, succeed, should the weather become favorable, in bombarding Constantinople; but unless the bombardment should
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the French, and even then the French ambassador had the greatest difficulty in persuading them to resist the demands of Duckforth. The British fleet consisted of six sail of the line, two frigates, two sloops, and several bomb-vessels, carrying eight hundred and eighteen guns, (besides those in the bomb-ships.) Admiral Duckforth sailed through the Dardanelles on the 19th of February, 1807, with little or no opposition. This being a Turkish festival day, the soldiers of the scanty garrison ngineers and artillery officers, in repairing the defences of the Straits. Campbell, in his Naval History, says :--Admiral Duckforth now fully perceived the critical situation in which he was placed. He might, indeed, succeed, should the weather b fleet, sailing with a favorable wind and strong current past the half-armed and half-manned forts of the Dardanelles. Duckforth himself says, that had he remained before Constantinople much longer — till the forts had been completely put in order
rry some two hundred guns. They are one-half constructed. Georgia. The defences of Savannah carry about two hundred guns, and are nearly three-quarters finished. Florida. The works projected for the defence of St. Augustine, Key West, Tortugas, and Pensacola will carry some eight or nine hundred guns. Those at St. Augustine and Pensacola are essentially completed, but those at Key West and Tortugas are barely begun. Alabama. The works for the defence of Mobile will carry about oTortugas are barely begun. Alabama. The works for the defence of Mobile will carry about one hundred and sixty guns. These are nearly constructed. Louisiana. The works for the defence of New Orleans will carry some two hundred and fifty or three hundred guns; they are nearly completed. The works north of the Chesapeake cost about three thousand dollars per gun; those south of that point about six thousand dollars per gun. This difference in cost is due in part to the character of the soil on which the fortifications are built, and in part to the high prices paid in the south
o the bay of Mobile. This redoubt was garrisoned by only one hundred and twenty combatants, officers included; and its armament was but twenty small pieces of cannon, some of which were almost entirely useless, and most of them poorly mounted in batteries hastily thrown up, and leaving the gunners uncovered from the knee up-ward, while the enemy's land force, acting in concert with the ships, consisted of twenty artillerists with a battery of two guns, and seven hundred and thirty marines, Indians, and negroes. His ships carried five hundred and ninety men in all. This immense disparity of numbers and strength did not allow to the British military and naval commanders the slightest apprehension that four British ships, carrying ninety-two guns, and a land force somewhat exceeding seven hundred combatants, could fail in reducing a small work mounting only twenty short carronades, and defended by a little more than a hundred men, unprovided alike with furnaces for heating shot, or cas
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