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Finally, he recommends the arming of merchantmen and coastal patrols by the navy.
Hammocks were used in some Elizabethan warships but may not have been common in merchantmen. The ship's kitchen or 'cook room' was rudimentary, often sited amid the ballast in the depths of a ship, usually the unhealthiest part of any vessel.
From June 1861 to March 1862, he commanded the CSS Sumter from the Caribbean, to the Brazilian and West African coasts, and finally to Gibraltar, capturing 18 Union merchantmen while being pursued by six Union warships.
The Palatines sailed on cargo ships, or merchantmen, just as the Mayflower passengers of ninety years earlier had done.
He sent the first convoy of merchantmen to the US after the War of Independence and his grain was also feeding the massive population of Lancashire, hotbed of the Industrial Revolution.
Although noting that the Neutrality Act specifically forbade providing arms to merchant ships, he observed to the press that during "the so-called quasi-war against France in 1798," many armed merchantmen "beat off French privateers." He added that in accordance with international law, merchant ships achieved similar results during the War of 1812 against British attacks.
"The food on board warships was better and more plentiful than aboard merchantmen, and better than ordinary working people were eating on shore.
For generations old salts have swapped sea-faring legends of Pompey's naval heroes and Southampton's brave merchantmen. I hope today's clash goes into the ship's log for the right reasons.
The British struggle to defend the free world after France surrendered was only possible because of the merchantmen whose deeds are here described.
They now house a lively collection of bars, clubs, restaurants and boutiques, reached by ramps with cobbles as big as cannonballs, once used as ballast by British merchantmen.
Alternatively, because there was little difference between a merchantman and a military vessel, one could always use the traditional expedient of seizing foreign belligerent merchantmen in friendly ports and using them as the basis for one's navy.
wrote in the New York Times in 1896, after having ridden on horseback more than 400 miles through Palestine and Syria, that virtually the only local people he encountered were merchantmen with their long camel trains and wild Bedouin tribes that reside in one locality not more than two months.
Later, during our Revolution, a number of British merchantmen fell victim to hardy Maine Privateers.
A small sailboat rests at berth in the pool where merchantmen once docked, its owner pressure-scrubbing its deck while gulls scream overhead, their cries echoing off the warehouse walls.
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