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“Old England's wooden walls !

My toast shall be !"
Ay, to be sure ! notwithstanding submit for the inspection, and we
all that has been either said or trust the satisfaction, of our readers,
written, about the very high military a brief statement of our naval re-
attitude which we have assumed, sources as they stood at the close of
and which can only be a conse-

the year 1826. From “The Navy quence of the splendid achievements List,” published by authority and of our Navy, 6. Old England's corrected to the 25th of December, Wooden Walls," have always been 1826, it appears that we have one our toast, and always shall be! hundred ships of the line; one hun

Oh! preserve to us our “wooden dred and thirty frigates; one hunwalls,” and procure for them the at dred and five sloops of war, besides tachment of our Jolly Tars,Thou an innumerable flotilla of small craft

of every description. " Who seest with equal eye, as God of all, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall!”

It likewise appears that we have

one hundred and ninety admirals; We know that the existing un eight hundred and six post captains; certainty, as to whether we shall be eight hundred and forty-four compermitted to remain at peace, has

manders : three thousand seven hunrendered the efficiency of our Navy dred lieutenants; five hundred and a subject of vital importance, and thirty-nine masters ; eleven hundred consequently an object which en and forty-three surgeons and surgrosses the anxiety of every true geons' mates; seven hundred and Briion !

seventy-two pursers; besides boatHence have we been induced to swains, gunners, carpenters, and

[No. 1.

sail-makers, in galore! As to the We repeat that, although we marine corps, it is said to be the have to all appearance, a navy that most efficient force, of that descrip- ought to be a match for all the tion, that is to be found in the whole world in arms, it will not be found world; But, inasmuch as there is more than sufficient for the protecno good without some alloy, it is to tion of our extensive and distant be feared, that for want of a retain colonies, and the multifarious coming fee, or some such inducement, merce arising therefrom. there is likely to be a lack of Jolly Besides, get involved in a war Tars, an evil that does not admit whenever we may, our naval supeof an easy remedy. Nevertheless, riority will require much greater there have been instances in which sacrifices to preserve it than any the amor patria has wrought so that have as yet been made. Our potently on heroic minds as to in naval pretensions, that is to say, our duce the commissioned officers of an interpretation of the maritime law of army to volunteer their services as nations, which have more than once privates in the hour of emergency! given rise to Northern confederaAnd who can doubt that, if there cies, and North-American hostility, should be a lack of Jolly Tars, and are as great an eye-sore to the maif the preservation of our national ritime powers of Europe, and the honour should demand such a sacri United States of America, as the fice; who, we say, can doubt that military dictation and pretensions of our redundant admirals, captains, Napoleon were to England and the commanders, and lieutenants, (every Continental

powers of Europe. And one of whom must be a prime sea although those pretensions, or rights man by-the-bye) would cheerfully as we more properly call them, are volunteer to perform the duty of absolutely necessary to the preserseamen, rather than see the sun of vation of that maritime superiority England's naval glory" shorn of its on which, and on which alone, our beams."

We do not, of course, existence, as a great nation, entireinclude in this expectation those ly depends, we must be prepared to gallant heroes who are incapacitated relinquish them, or to brave the by age, mutilations, or sickness, world in their defence, go to war who having " reaped a harvest” of whenever we may. And it will be glory for their country, have a right well for us if we do not, when it is to expect that they will now be too late, make the lamentable dispermitted to reap the harvest of na

covery, that our navigation laws tional gratitude in a state of com were something more than “ musty fortable repose. May their comforts parchment.However, as this is a and the gratitu le of their country, subject which requires a much lonbe equal to their deserts, say we; ger yarn than our limits will allow confident that every just and sen us to spin, we must, for the present sible Briton will cheerfully say at least, knock off, give three cheers, Amen."

seize the can, and toast the BriBut, although we have naval re TISH NAVY! sources of which we have just reason to be proud, and upon which we may with confidence rely, do

BRITISH SEAMEN. not let it be supposed that those re

They cut their cable, launch into the world, sources are greater than they ought And, fondly dream, each wind and star a to be. Oh, no!



Next to the British pavy, in al« For though we ought to pay our debt, And lessen all our charges ;

phabetical order, but equal in point For God's sake ! let no saving fit

of importance are the British sea. Abridge our bonnie Barges!"

men! who, like the oak of their

And yet,

native country, are decidedly and seamen ; poor and needy as they deservedly considered to be the very are, they never experienced, nor exbest in the world! “notwithstanding, pect to experience, the slightest (to use the language of their excel- attention to either their representalent friend, Captain Anselm John tions, or their wishes. In a governGriffiths, R. N.) that it has unfortu- ment so decidedly aristocratical as nately become the fashion to think ours, those who are destitute of and speak in harsh terms of their wealth are decidedly destitute of character." We feel thankful for influence; and nothing can more the possession of very different sen- completely exemplify this, than the timents towards them, and an inti- manner in which the ship-owners mate knowledge of their character are attended to, and the seamen are and value. In our estimation, there neglected. does not exist any class of men Look at the horrible system of more susceptible of kind treatment; Impressment ! at once cruel and and, although they may have devi- unjust! Cruel, because it forcibly ated a little from their wonted ho- severs the seamen from their kinnesty, generosity, and self-devotion, dred and dearest connection for an they have, nevertheless, every claim indefinite period, perhaps, for ever! to liberal consideration. And not- Unjust, because it affords to the withstanding all the hue-and-cry affluent the greatest facilities of which has been raised against them, evading its operation ! we still think them to be actuated notwithstanding the humble, but by a thoughtless indifference to self, earnest petitions of the seamen, eleand a generous feeling towards ven years of profound peace have others.

been allowed to roll over our heads Those "Jolly Tars," in praise of without the government having made whom so much has been said, and one single efficient effort to avert ihe. a great deal more has been sung! necessity of recurring to the horriThose “ Jolly Tars," who, in time ble system! We the more deeply of war, are expected to make the regret this, because our experience greatest personal and pecuniary sa- warrants our saying that the seamen crifices, and to submit to the great- deserve greater consideration, and est privations, are, in these "piping because the day may come when times of peace," loaded with oblo- we shall not only want all the hands quy, because, imitating the example we can muster, but shall likewise of the ship-owners, they have formed want all the unanimity, and all the themselves into societies or unions enthusiasm that can be created. for the promotion of their particular We are, as every seaman ought to interest. Just as if the seamen have be, grateful to the Lords of the not as great a right to form them- Admiralty for the highly beneficial selves into clubs or societies as the regulations which they have recently ship-owners have ; while they have introduced into the Navy; but, let a much greater reason for doing them not stay the work of ameliora80. The ship-owners are, generally tion, but proceed until they have speaking, a wealthy class of men ; rendered the royal navy service and it is a well known fact, that sufficiently popular to supersede the wealth can, at all times, command necessity of recurring to impress. attention in this country. And we ment. We shall return to this subdo not believe, that the representa- ject again, when we hope we shall tions and the wishes of any class of be able to do justice to the claims the community have been more rea- which Captain Griffiths, Mr. Urqudily attended to, or more promptly hart, Mr. Dennis, and other hucomplied with, than those of the ship- mane and patriotic individuals, have owners. Not so with regard to the upon the gratitude of our seamen.

We repeat, that we still consider Le Forte was laid down for an eighour seamen entitled to the most li- ty four, on two decks, and mounted beral consideration : we know that fifty-six guns, besides swivels, long they can, and will too, if it be ne- French thirty-sixes on her main-deck, cessary, cheerfully endure hunger, and forty-two pounder carronades thirst and fatigue; that in short- on her quarter-deck and forecastle. “ No.clime can this eradicate,

Lord have mercy upon us! there They glory in annoyance,

was smashing work! we got sight of And cheerful brave the storms of fate,

her in the dog-watch, from four to And bid grim death defiance."

six, and she lay to for us, thinking

we were an Indiaman; and we afSIXTY-FOURS IN DISGUISE ;

terwards heard that her captain A Long-Boat Story.

made cocksure of us; but he made “Don't tell me," said Fearnought a Scotch prize, as we shall presently Weatherall to his messmates, as- see. Why, the d-d fool let his ship sembled under the lee of the long lay like a log upon the water, and boat, every man of whom had an

never thought of filling to give her old stocking about his neck,“ don't steerage-way, until it was too late : tell me about “Sixty-Fours in Dis- but then you know he thought it was guise;' I have been on board the an Indiaman he was about to deal Constitution, the Yankees call her with. Howsomever, he paid dearly Old Ironsides, the pride of Boston; enough for it, for the first broadside and I have been on board of the we gave her sent him to Glory ! United States : they are thundering “We expected tight work, and frigates to be sure, but they are not were prepared for it. It was dark bigger than the Le Forte was, if before we got down to her; but not they are so big: they don't carry a light was to be seen on board of more guns, nor do they carry heavier our ship. As soon as we got within metal; and yet when we took the hail she hailed us in French, and Le Forte we heard nothing about then in English : but we returned • Sixty-Fours in Disguise,' not we. no answer. She fired a gun, but we Our ship, the Le Sybille, you know, heeded it not: and as she was laywas a French frigate before we had ing to on the larboard tack, we run her; and I believe she was taken down close under her stern, took the by the Romney, fifty, up the Medi- bags off our lanterns, and gave her terranean. Howsomever, she was a raking broadside, which we afterwhat they call an eight-and-thirty, wards heard knocked out all her because she had fourteen ports of a lights fore and aft. We then hąuled side, besides the bridle port;-well, to the wind on the starboard tack, and the Guerriere, the Macedonian, crossed her siern again, and gave and the Java, were just the same : her another raking broadside before they were all looked upon as a match they had time to recover from the for a French or Spanish sixty-four, confusion occasioned by the first. especially in any thing of a breeze, We then hove about and brought-to you know. But what's the use of upon her larboard quarter, and betalking about the size of a ship, the fore



Jack Robinson, ship's company is every thing; and knocked five or six of her after-ports if there had not been so many Eng- into one; but just at this time a barlish fighting, as it were, with halters rel of musket-cartridges, I think it about their necks, on board of the was, blew up near our main-mast, Yankee frigates, they would not which made the Crappos think we have carried the swag as they did. were on fire.

They manned their No, no: look how we in the Sybille rigging to give us three cheers; but ripped up the Le Forte, and that too we returned the compliment with a in a brace of shakes, although the whole broadside, which completely



dismasted her at once, when they Tom Cox, the captain o'the fore-top, hailed, and begged us to cease firing in Plymouth Sound, -- and yet he as they had struck.

was’nt a man what courted, as they " Never was ship so cruelly call it, pocularity; for once desarve mauled-our shot went in on the it, you were sure to buy it; but do larboard quarter and out at the your duty like a man, and, damn it, starboard bow, leaving scarcely a he'd sink or swim with you ! whole beam in her; we killed 76, “ He never could abide to hear a and wounded 170, on board of her: man abused :- let's see, was't to the both her captains, and nearly all of first or second leeftennant he says-her officers were killed. We had no 'twas the second and blow me 3 killed and 19 wounded, and our too, if I dosen't think 'twas the third captain died of his wounds at Cal- ---it was the third, kase I remember cutta, and was buried in grand style, now, he'd never a civil word for no God rest his soul!

Well, howsomever, you see, “But harkye, nothing was said says the skipper, mocking the leefabout a • sixty-four in disguise' tennant, in a sneering manner, one then; it was only a frigate taking a morn, who'd just sung out,

You frigate-our first lieftennant Hardy- sir!' you know, to one o’the topmen, man was posted : and our master - You sir, I mean,' says the skipDouglas was made a lieftennant !”

per, looking straight in the leeften

nant's face, -' pray, sir,' says he, A VOICE FROM THE DEEP; how do


like to be you sir'd A Galley Yarn.

yourself? “ What say you, boys, a caulk Well, the leeftennant shams or a yarn ?” says one of the “ quar- deafness, you know; but I'm blow'd ter gunners," addressing indiscrimi- but he heard every word o'nt-for nately the watch one night, as soon never a dolphin a dying turned more as they were mustered. “Oh, let's colours nor he did at the time! But have a yarn, as we've eight hours avast there a bit-I'm yawning about in,” replied one of the top-men.- in my course.

Howsomever you “ Bob Bowers will spin us a twist;" know, 'tis but due to the dead, and and away to the galley a group of no more nor his memory desarves; eight or ten instantly repaired. -so here's try again-small helm Well, boys,” ,

says Bowers, bo--steady--ey-a. -Well, you “ let's see, what'll you have?-one know, the Go-along-Gee was one o' of the Lee Virginny's, or the saucy your flash Irish cruisers--the first o’ Gee's?-come, I'll give you a saucy your fir-built frigates -- and a hell of Gee.-Well, you see, when I sarved a clipper she was! Give her a foot in the Go-along-Gee-Captain D*** o' the sheet, and she'd go like a (he as was killed at Traflygar, a- witch--but somehow o'nother, she'd board the Mars, seventy-four)-ay, bag on a bowline to leeward.* Well, and as fine a fellow as ever shipped there was a crack set o’ships at the a swab, or fell on a deck. There time on the station. Let's see, there warn't a better man a-board from was the Lee Revolushoneer (the flyer stem to starn. He knew a seaman's you know)--then there was the fightduty, and more he never ax'd; and ing Fecby-the dashing Dry'd, and not like half your capering skippers one or two more o' your fash-uns; what expect unpossibilities. It went but the Gee took the shine on'em against his grain to seize a grating all in reefing and furling. up, and he never flogged a man he didn't wince as if he felt the lash * A judicious remark, though couched in himself! --and as for starting-blow

a homely phrase ; for it is now proved that

fir-built ships, from the difference of their me if he didn't break the boatswain

specific gravity, by no means hold so good. by a court-martial for rope's ending a wind as our vak men of war.'


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