Fanning's Narrative: The Memoirs of Nathaniel Fanning, an Officer of the American Navy 1778-1783

Fanning's Narrative: The Memoirs of Nathaniel Fanning, an Officer of the American Navy 1778-1783

by Nathaniel Fanning

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ISBN-13: 9781429017190
Publisher: Applewood Books
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: Revolutionary War Series
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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1755-1805

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always several men stationed in the tops of a ship of war. Our main and fore yards were at the same time reduced in bigness, as well as in length; before this, those yards were nearly as large and as square as an English 74's.1 Two of our midshipmen, Choram and Morant, expressed their wishes to captain Jones to leave the service; and as they had while with him, been only volunteers on board, captain Jones consented, and gave each a certificate, and one was also given at the same time to myself and the other midshipmen, six in number who had served with him in the late cruise, couched in substance as follows :— To the honourable the President of Congress of the United States of America. These certify, that the bearer having served under my command in the capacity of midshipman on board of the Good Man Richard, a ship of war belonging to the United States, until she was lost in the action with the Serapis, an English ship of war of superior force; and since on board of the last mentioned ship and Alliance frigate, his bravery and good conduct on board of the first mentioned ship and while he has been in the service, will, I hope, recommend him to the notice of Congress, and his country, and believing as I do, thathe will in a higher station, make a meritorious and deserving sea officer, I subscribe myself to these presents. The names of the Midshipmen of the Bon Homme Richard as per muster roll in the Log Book, were—Reuben Chase—Benj. Stubbs, Thos. Potter—Beaumont Groube—John Meyrant—John Leinthweith—William Daniel—Richard Choram and Nathaniel Fanning. 1 Note By Editor. See log entries. (Signed) J. P. JONES. Done on board of the UnitedStates frigate Alliance this lOth day of December, It must be here acknowledged that capt. Jones treated his midshipmen with...

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