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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), President, the (search)
Guerriere. In November he had under his command at New York a squadron composed of his flag-ship; the Hornet, eighteen guns,. Captain Biddle; the Peacock, eighteen, Captain Warrington, and Tom Bowline, store-ship. He had been watching the British who had ravaged the coasts in the vicinity of Chesapeake Bay. Finally he received orders to prepare for a cruise in the East Indies to spread havoc among the British shipping there. On the night of June 14, 1815, the President dropped down to Sandy Hook, leaving the other vessels of the squadron at anchor near Staten Island, and before morning she evaded the British blockaders and cleared the coast. Decatur kept the President close along the Long Island shore for a while, believing that a gale that blew on the 14th had driven the blockaders to the leeward. Then he sailed boldly out to sea, and by starlight that evening he saw a strange sail ahead, within gunshot distance. Two others soon made their appearance, and at dawn the President
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Reid, Samuel Chester 1783-1861 (search)
Reid, Samuel Chester 1783-1861 Naval officer; born in Norwich, Conn., August 25, 1783; went to sea when only eleven years of age, and was captured by a French privateer and kept a prisoner six months. Acting midshipman under Commodore Truxtun, he became enamoured of the naval service, and when the War of 1812-15 broke out he began privateering. He comhanded the General Armstrong in 1814, and with her fought one of the most remarkable of recorded battles, at Fayal (see General Armstrong, the). Captain Reid was appointed sailing-master in the navy, and held that office till his death. He was also warden of the port of New York. Captain Reid was the inventor of the signal telegraph that communicated with Sandy Hook from the Narrows, and it was he who designed the present form of the United States flag. He died in New York City, Jan. 28, 1861.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rodgers, John 1771-1838 (search)
's house at Havre de Grace. He had been instructed not to fall into the hands of Rodgers, for, it was alleged, the commodore would hang him to the yard-arm. But Rodgers treated him with great courtesy, and soon afterwards released him on parole. This transaction occurred off the New England coast, and three days afterwards Rodgers entered Newport Harbor with his prize. In December he cruised southward with some success, and finally he dashed through the British blockading squadron off Sandy Hook (Feb. 14, 1814) and sailed into New York Harbor. He was entertained at a banquet in New York, at which he gave the following toast: Peace—if it can be obtained without the sacrifice of national honor or the abandonment of maritime rights; otherwise war until peace shall be secured without the sacrifice of either. From 1815 to 1824 he was president of the board of naval commissioners, acting as Secretary of the Navy a while in the latter part of 1823. On his return from a cruise in the M
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sandy Hook. (search)
Sandy Hook. See Hancock, Fort.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Steam navigation. (search)
tonFurst BismarckHamburg-AmericanOct. 20-27, 189861015 New York to QueenstownAlaskaGuionSept. 12-19, 188261837 Queenstown to New YorkAlaskaGuionSept. 16-22, 188362140 New York to QueenstownTeutonicWhite StarOct. 21-27, 18915213 Queenstown to New YorkTeutonicWhite StarAug. 13-19, 189151631 Glasgow to New YorkCity of RomeAnchorAug. 18-24, 188662035 New York to GlasgowCity of RomeAnchorAug. 13-19, 188561825 New York to AntwerpFrieslandRed StarAugust, 189482213 Approximate Distances: Sandy Hook (Light-ship). New York, to Queenstown (Roche's Point), 2,800 miles; to Plymouth (Eddystone), 2,962 miles; to Southampton (The Needles), 3.100 miles; to Havre, 3,170 miles; to Cherbourg (The Mole), 3,184 knots. The fastest (lay's run was made by the Deutschland, of the Hamburg-American Line, August, 1900—584 knots, or 23.02 knots per hour. the record-breakers in thirty-five years. The following is the succession of steamships which have broken the record since 1866, with their runnin
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Tea in politics. (search)
ia resolutions, with a supplement concerning remissness in observing non-importation and non-consumption agreements, but insisting upon a strict compliance with them in the future. A tea-vessel, bound for Philadelphia, was stopped (Dec. 25) 4 miles below that city, information having been received of the destruction of the tea in Boston. Another, driven by stress of weather to the West Indies, did not arrive at New York for several months afterwards. When it arrived (April 21, 1774) at Sandy Hook, the pilots, under instructions from the city committee, refused to bring her up, and a committee of vigilance soon took possession of her. When the captain was brought to town he was ordered to take back his ship and cargo. The consignees refused to interfere; and meanwhile another ship, commanded by a New York captain, was allowed to enter the harbor, on the assurance that she had no tea on board. A report soon spread that she had tea on board, and the captain was compelled to acknowle
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
sion adjourns......April 21, 1806 Leander, a British naval vessel, fires into an American coaster, the Richard, off Sandy Hook, and kills the helmsman......April 25, 1806 Great Britain issues an Order in council declaring the whole coast of Eu1887 Inter-State commerce commission appointed by the President......March 22, 1887 Transatlantic yacht race from Sandy Hook to Queenstown, between the Coronet and Dauntless, won by the former in 14 days, 19 hours, 3 minutes, 14 seconds, sailinn by General Early......July 21, 1891 Smokeless powder used for the first time in this country in experiments at Sandy Hook, N. J.......July 25, 1891 Thomas W. Babcock, born 1815, for fourteen years in Congress from Virginia and for four yearsin the Senate......Oct. 13, 1893 American yacht Vigilant wins the third of five races for the America's cup, off Sandy Hook, N. J., defeating the English Valkyrie......Oct. 13, 1893 Secretary Gresham issues confidential instructions to Ministe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Jersey, (search)
8,715 square miles, in twenty-one counties. Population in 1890, 1,444,933; 1900, 1,883,669. Capital, Trenton. Henry Hudson, in the ship Half Moon, enters Delaware Bay, Aug. 28, 1609, and coasts the eastern shore of New Jersey on his way to Sandy Hook, where he anchors......Sept. 3, 1609 First Dutch settlement on the Delaware is made near Gloucester, N. J., where Fort Nassau is built......1623 Capt. Thomas Young, receiving a commission from Charles I., sails up the Delaware River to Trby Congress in aid of colleges of agriculture and mechanic arts at session......Jan. 13–March 20, 1891 Spinners' strike in the Clark thread mills declared off......April 18, 1891 Smokeless powder used for the first time in this country at Sandy Hook in an 8-inch rifled gun......July 25, 1891 Walt Whitman, poet, born 1819, dies at Camden......March 26, 1892 United States practice cruiser Bancroft, the first war-ship built in the State, is launched at the yards of Samuel L. Moore & Son
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
land......1672 Monthly post between New York and Boston; first post messenger......Jan. 22, 1673 Dutch fleet of seven vessels, with 1,600 men, arrives off Sandy Hook. The Dutch of New York welcome their countrymen......Aug. 7, 1673 Dutch fire on Fort James, which returns a shot. Fort James and New York surrender to the , 1895 Harlem ship-canal, New York City, opened with appropriate ceremonies......June 17, 1895 The Defender-Valkyrie yacht races for the America's cup off Sandy Hook......Sept. 7-13, 1895 Lincoln's birthday first observed as a legal holiday in New York......Feb. 12, 1896 Earl Dunraven expelled from the New York Yacht Cof the receipt of news of the blowing — up of the battle-ship Maine in Havana Harbor the night before......Feb. 16, 1898 Spanish war-ship Vizcaya anchors off Sandy Hook......Feb. 18, 1898 Assembly passes the constitutional amendment providing for biennial sessions of the legislature (the measure having previously passed the
orthernmost, which was probably Rockaway inlet, but finding only ten feet of water on its bar, he cast about to the southward, and almost at the time when Champlain was invading New York from the North, he sounded his way to an anchorage within Sandy Hook. On the fourth the ship went further up the Horse Shoe to a very good harbor near the New Jersey shore; and that same day the people of the country came on board to traffic for knives and beads. On the fifth a landing was made from the Halfkes, which have their springs in the heart of the continent; within its own limits the sources of rivers that flow to the Gulfs of Mexico and St. Lawrence, and to the Bays of Chesapeake and Delaware; of which, long before Europeans anchored off Sandy Hook, the warriors of the Five Nations availed themselves in their excursions to Quebec, to the Ohio, or the Susquehanna With just sufficient difficulties to irritate, and not enough to dishearten, New York united richest lands with the highest ada
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