Britain's Sea Story, B.C. 55-A.D. 1805: Being the Story of British Heroism in Voyaging and Sea-fight from Alfred's Time to the Battle of Trafalgar : with an Introduction Tracing the Development of the Structure of Sailing Ships from the Earliest Times
Ernest Edwin Speight, Robert Morton Nance
Hodder and Stoughton, 1906 - Explorers - 427 pages
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action Admiral anchor arms arrived attack battle bear began boat British brought called Cape Captain carried cause close coast coming commanded continued course danger deck directed Dutch enemy enemy's engagement England English entered escaped fell fight fire five fleet force four French frigates galleys gave give guns half hand head Henry hope hour hundred immediately island John killed King land leagues length Lord loss mast means morning Nelson never night officers opened Parma passed port present Prince ready reason received rest river round rowed sail says seemed seen sent ships shore shot side sight soon Spaniards Spanish stern taken thought took turned twenty unto vessels victory voyage whereof whole wind wounded
Page 322 - With sloping masts and dipping prow, As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe, And forward bends his head, The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast, And southward aye we fled. "And now there came both mist and snow, And it grew wondrous cold: And ice, mast-high, came floating by, As green as emerald.
Page 420 - OFTEN I think of the beautiful town That is seated by the sea ; Often in thought go up and down The pleasant streets of that dear- old town, And my youth comes back to me. And a verse of a Lapland song Is haunting my memory still : " A boy's will is the wind's will, And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.
Page 399 - FROM THE SEA. Nobly, nobly Cape Saint Vincent to the North-West died away ; Sunset ran, one glorious blood-red, reeking into Cadiz Bay ; Bluish 'mid the burning water, full in face Trafalgar lay ; In the dimmest North-East distance dawned Gibraltar grand and gray; " Here and here did England help me : how can I help England...
Page 411 - you can do nothing for me." All that could be done was to fan him with paper, and frequently to give him lemonade to alleviate his intense thirst. He was in great pain, and expressed much anxiety for the event of the action, which now began to declare itself. As often as a ship struck, the crew of the Victory...
Page 412 - I am going fast — it will be all over with me soon. Come nearer to me. Let my dear Lady Hamilton have my hair, and all other things belonging to me.
Page 420 - I remember the black wharves and the slips, And the sea-tides tossing free; And Spanish sailors with bearded lips, And the beauty and mystery of the ships, And the magic of the sea. And the voice of that wayward song Is singing and saying still: "A boy's will is the wind's will, And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.
Page 3 - Over the sea our galleys went, With cleaving prows in order brave, To a speeding wind and a bounding wave, A gallant armament : Each bark built out of a forest-tree, Left leafy and rough as first it grew, And nailed all over the gaping sides, Within and without, with black bull-hides, Seethed in fat and suppled in flame, To bear the playful billows...
Page 398 - Genereux, the two rear ships of the enemy, were the only French ships of the line, which had their colours flying ; they cut their cables in the forenoon, not having been engaged, and stood out to sea, and two frigates with them. The Zealous pursued ; but as there was no other ship in a condition to support Captain Hood, he was recalled.
Page 1 - To match another foe ; And sweep through the deep While the stormy winds do blow, — While the battle rages loud and long And the stormy winds do blow...