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“Then a chance for glory opened up: from a captured fishing boat, Jones learned that a British sloop-of-war, the Drake, twenty guns, lay unsuspecting at anchor a few leagues away at Carrickfergus harbor, outside Belfast in northern Ireland.”
“In addition to the two men-of-war dispatched to find Ranger after the Whitehaven raid, a thirty-six-gun frigate, Thetis, sailed forth from Glasgow and a sloop-of-war out of Liverpool ventured into the Irish Sea.”
“About 110 feet long, she was a three-masted sloop-of-war or corvette, meaning that her guns were all on one deck, covered with the quarterdeck toward the stern, the gangway at the waist, and the forecastle toward the bow.”
“The British sloop-of-war was accompanied by “a number of small yachts that had gentlemen and ladies on board as if for a pleasure outing,” Jones recorded.”
“Jones could see, through the light haze, two warships, one large—a heavy frigate, perhaps—and one small, probably a sloop-of-war.”
“But not content with this good deed, the indefatigable house again bestirred itself: Samuel and all his Sons — how many, their mother only knows — and under their immediate auspices, and partly, I think, at their expense, the British government was induced to send the sloop-of-war Rattler on a whaling voyage of discovery into the South Sea.”
“Thirdly: Some eighteen or twenty years ago Commodore J — then commanding an American sloop-of-war of the first class, happened to be dining with a party of whaling captains, on board a”
“He peremptorily denied for example, that any whale could so smite his stout sloop-of-war as to cause her to leak so much as a thimbleful.”
“During the night of February 17, 1864, the sub set out on her maiden attack -- her target, the U.S.S. Housatonic, a 1,240-ton Union sloop-of-war.”
“Andre did not wish to engage in such business; but he obeyed, and went up the Hudson in an English sloop-of-war for this purpose.”
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