The Frigate Constitution; The Central Figure Of The Navy Under Sail

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byIra Nelson Hollis

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER Xin WHAT WE OWE TO THE CONSTITUTION It remains now to state more fully what our old frigate stands for in the long list of events which have shaped the character of the American republic. So far as mere materials can be the legitimate object of man's gratitude, she has certainly earned a lasting place in our affections. Her hull represents the homely toil of our ancestors, who had none of the aids of modern science in laying out and constructing their ships. The axe alone served, as it had served in making their homes in the wilderness. Yet nothing better was ever constructed, when we take into consideration the conditions of naval warfare at the time. Only one other ship holds an equal place in our interest and means as much in the consolidation of our Union -- the old Monitor. The two ships have certain points of resemblance and of difference. Both were departures in type from what had gone before, and both wrought changes in the construction of war-vessels for the navies of Europe. One floats to-day as the most beautiful survivor of the old sailing period, and the other lies at the bottom of the sea but the crude beginning of the modern battle-ship. Both gained their victories over people of the same race and blood and the same maritime traditions. The Constitution went out from Boston in the face of tremendous odds, and the Monitor left New York as a forlorn hope. It is a strange coincidence that both should have sailed just before a change of orders could reach them. The most important effect of victory for both ships was a moral one; in the first case, putting heart into the whole nation by inspiring them with the sense of union, and in the second, infusing courage and hope into the North, which was fighting for the Union. Washington took a deep in...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER Xin WHAT WE OWE TO THE CONSTITUTION It remains now to state more fully what our old frigate stands for in the long list of ev...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217083587

ISBN - 13:9780217083584

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