Pike & Cutlass
Then his men leisurely rowed away, not a shot having been fired. It was not until the cutter was well out into the bay that some of the bewildered soldiers recovered sufficiently to load two cannon that Paul Jones had overlooked.
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The shot whistled wide of the mark, and Jones, to show his contempt of such long-range courage, fired only his pistol in return. But that was not the end of this remarkable cruise. Having failed to find the Earl of Selkirk on St. He knew that by this time the Admiralty was well informed as to his whereabouts, and that before many hours had passed he would be obliged to run the gauntlet of a whole line of British fire. On the twenty-fourth of April, just two weeks after sailing from the harbor of Brest, he hove to off the Lough of Belfast, where within the harbor he could plainly see the tall spars of the Englishman swinging at his anchorage.
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So he went about from one tack to another, wearing ship and backing and filling, until the curiosity of the English captain, Burdon, was thoroughly aroused, and he sent one of his junior officers out in a cutter to find out who the stranger was. He was already suspicious, and too good a seaman to let unpreparedness play any part in his actions.
Hardly a ripple stirred the surface of the glassy swells, and the stillness was ominous and oppressive.
Captain Jones followed his lead in a moment by running up the Stars and Stripes. Paul Jones mounted the hammock nettings and, putting his speaking-trumpet to his lips, coolly replied, —. The sun is but little more than an hour from setting, and it is time to begin. Paul Jones always believed in striking the first blow.
The battle was on in earnest. Yard-arm to yard-arm they went, drifting down the wind, and the deep thundering of the cannonade was carried over to the Irish hills, where masses of people were watching the smoke-enveloped duel. The sun sank low, touching the purple hilltops, a golden ball that shed a ruddy glow over the scene and made the spectacle seem a dream rather than reality. Still they fought on. It was a glorious fight — and as fair a one as history records. The main dropped next, and the mizzen gaff was shot away. She was almost a wreck.
The first flag was shot away, but another was quickly run up to its place. In a moment that too was shot away from the hoisting halyard and fell into the water astern, where it trailed among the wreckage. But still she fought on. Lieutenant Wallingford and one other man had been killed and there were five or six wounded men in the cockpit. Jones seemed to be everywhere, but still remained uninjured and directed the firing until the end. He saw that the sharpshooters in his tops were doing terrific execution on the decks of his adversary, and at last he saw the imposing figure of Captain Burdon twist around for a second and then sink down to the deck.
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Another officer fell, and in a moment above the crash of division firing and the rattle of the musketry overhead he heard a cry for quarter. The battle was at an end in a little over an hour. Against great odds John Paul Jones still remained victorious. The people on shore heard the cannonading cease and saw the great clouds of gold-tinted smoke roll away to the south. There they saw the two vessels locked as if in an embrace of death and a great cheer went up. The gray of twilight turned to black, and the ships vanished like spectres in the darkness.
Neither in France nor in England would they at first believe it.
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