The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV.

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Richard Bentley, 1837

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Página 140 - Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to inquire into the Bankrupt Laws ; and i This and the two preceding motions were lost by large majorities.
Página 127 - The French admiral was an imbecille, but yours was just as bad. I assure you that, if Cochrane had been supported, he would have taken every one of the ships. They ought not to have been alarmed by your briilots, but fear deprived them of their senses, and they no longer knew how to act in their own defence.
Página 106 - ... hand-grenades. The puncheons were fastened to each other by cables wound round them, and jammed together with wedges; and moistened sand was rammed down between these casks, so as to render the whole, from stem to stern, as solid as possible, that the resistance might render the explosion the more violent.
Página 125 - And whereas, by the log-books and minutes of signals of the Caledonia, Imperieuse, and other ships employed on that service, it appears to us that the said Admiral Lord Gambier, on the 12th day of the said month of April, the enemy's ships being then on shore, and the signal having been made that they could be destroyed, did, for a considerable time, neglect or delay taking effectual measures for destroying them...
Página 386 - ... the van division keeping a point or two more away than the lee, the latter carrying less sail, and, when the fleet draws near the enemy, both columns are to preserve a line as nearly parallel to the hostile fleet as they can. In standing up to the enemy from the leeward upon a contrary tack...
Página 112 - Gambier's court-martial, his lordship was induced to anchor so far off, because, "as the enemy were on shore, he did not think it necessary to run any unnecessary risk of the fleet, when the object of their destruction seemed to be already obtained...
Página 89 - Lord Cochrane landed with his marines, under Lieutenant James Rivers Hore of that corps, and took possession of, the castle of Mongal; an important post completely commanding a pass in the road from Barcelona to Gerona, then besieged by the French, and the only post between those towns occupied by the enemy. The Spanish militia are represented to have behaved admirably, in carrying an outpost on a neighbouring hill. Lord Cochrane demolished the works, and gave up to the Spanish militia the arms of...
Página 127 - I said that it was the opinion of a very distinguished naval officer whom I named, and who was well known to him, that, if Cochrane had been properly supported, he would have destroyed the whole of the French ships. ' He could not only have destroyed them...
Página 127 - He could not only have destroyed them,' replied Napoleon, ' but he might and would have taken them out, had your admiral supported him as he ought to have done. For, in consequence of the signal made by L'Allemand...
Página 87 - Wizard, to tow in and cover the boats, which immediately put off, and, by great exertion, soon towed her close to the vessels, when it was found impossible to bring them out without landing, most of them being fastened to the shore by ropes from their keels and mast-heads; the boats, therefore, pulled to the beach with great resolution, exposed to the fire of two guns in the bow of the gun-boat, two...

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