A History of the United States Navy from 1775 to 1893 (volume one)

Maclay, Edgar Stanton 1894

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Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812

Mahan, A. T.

USS Constitution is shown here in full sail, pursued by the British during the War of 1812. The low winds necessitated constant adjustments of the sails, the use of the studding sails (shown extending from the sides of the ship), towing by rowboats, and kedging (the process of moving a ship by dropping an anchor in the desired direction and then hauling in the line). This chase lasted fifty-seven hours, until a small squall gave Constitution the advantage.

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Drawn from the Museum & Library's rare book collection, this special display is part of SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice—providing a unique glimpse into the history of the U.S. Navy. Featuring authentic texts and compelling illustrations dating to the Navy's beginnings in the late 18th century, these rare books and documents trace the evolution of naval warfare from an era of masts, sails, and pirates to the advent of steam-powered ironclads, and from the UDT Divers of WWII to the Navy SEALs of today.

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