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TOGETHER WITE A
SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE MOST REMARKABLE
BY J. BRADSHAWE WALKER.
WITH ADDITIONS AND EMENDATIONS BY THE AUTHOR OF
THE HISTORICAL FINGER-POST,”
In presenting this sketch of the lives and times of England's ocean warriors, we may briefly inform the Reader that our materials are compiled from the best sources. The biographical and historical features of such a work, when twined together with accuracy, may be said to possess the wild grandeur of romance, and the startling assurance of reality. In fact, our small volume is the text-book of many ponderous folios, not always within the reach of the curious reader. In our researches we have been careful concerning the dates of particular occur. rences and periods; and considering that such a publication needs not the timid resource of apology, we cordially invite the public to accept this effort as a national
a gift, that may find for itself no inappropriate place on the wave of time.
We are indebted to the writings of Mr. JAMES, and to one or two celebrated naval biographers ; but more especially to the Greenwich historian, Mr. ALLEN, whose authority on naval matters stands pre-eminent, and will be a proud memorial to his naval skill and peaceful genius in ages yet to come. But, from whatever source
we have extracted important passages, we have duly acknowledged it. Having no feeling in common with those
pseudo-utilitarians and narrow-visioned individuals who have no appreciation of naval defences, we sing, with DIBDEN,
“ Thine oaks descending to the main,
Like floating forts shall stem the tide ;
Where'er her thundering navies ride.
Where Commerce opens all her stores ;
And join the sea-divided shores.
Before entering upon the interesting path, made historically valuable by the actions of our brave seamen, we have ventured briefly to advert to a few material matters of an early date; and which will also be found not altogether devoid of interest in tracing the upward progress of our far-famed British Navy.
J. B. W.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The rapid sale of the first edition of this work, and the numerous applications that have been made for it since it has been out of print, have induced the publishers to venture upon its re-issue.
In presenting the volume a second time to the public, considerable pains have been taken to render it, if possible, worthier of acceptance and favour. The Biographical Sketches have been added to; those already existing have been amplified (that of Lord Nelson particularly); Deeds of Daring performed by subordinate officers have been allowed a place; a Collection of Naval Anecdotes from authentic sources bave been gathered together ; and a statistical account of the present strength of the British Navy closes the work.
Meanwhile, the pages as they originally stood are, with a few trifling exceptions, left intact; so that, while adding narrative and incident, historic fact and useful information have not been sacrificed.
The term “ Wooden Walls may, in this IRON age, sound somewhat obsolete. But we beg to remind the Reader that our little volume deals not with the present or with the future, but with the past. Fenced about by wooden walls, our "sea-girt isle" has been enabled to emerge