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“She was built in 1736, having succeeded to the name of a celebrated 50-gun ship, which was then withdrawn from the service, and with which she must not be confounded.”
“The Esperanza, a 50-gun ship, was still more unfortunate, for of 450 hands which she brought from Spain only 55 remained alive.”
“Not only did British cruisers molest our merchant-men, but at length one of them, the 50-gun ship _Leopard_, attacked an American frigate, the _Chesapeake_, when the latter was so lumbered up that she could not return a shot, killed or disabled some twenty of her men and took away four others, one Briton and three Americans, who were claimed as deserters.”
“On that occasion the British, who in the interim had been reinforced by one 74 and one 50-gun ship, lost 47 killed and 113 wounded.”
“De Grasse's force was thus raised to thirty-five of the line, including two 50-gun ships, as against the British thirty-six.”
“The word was then passed along the platform, "Mind the Commodore; mind the two 50-gun ships," -- an order which was strictly obeyed, as the losses show.”
“On the 31st five sail of the line and a 50-gun ship, all that could be got ready in time, crossed the bar, and the entire body of nineteen ships of the line started at once for the Chesapeake, whither it was understood now that both the French fleet and the united armies of”
“The successive losses of the _Caton_, _Jason_, and _Zélé_, with the previous detachment of the two 50-gun ships with the convoy, had reduced the French numbers from thirty-five to thirty effective vessels.”
“The naval force, consisting of five 50-gun ships and eight smaller vessels, was commanded by”
“_Experiment_, 50, which Howe had sent to reconnoitre Narragansett Bay, was chased by them into Long Island Sound, and only reached New York by the East River; being the first ship of the line or 50-gun ship that ever passed through Hell Gate.”
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