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collected, a force of five frigates, two brigs, found to be true, the insubordinate spirit two schooners, a sloop and four gun-boats. was quelled. No one was ever punished The Constitution led this respectable ar for this attempt at mutiny, for it was felt mament into Tunis Bay, July 30th, that, on principle, the men had a great where it anchored on the ist of August. deal of right on their side. A law has
This demonstration had the desired re since been passed to prevent the possisult, and an arrangement of all the difficul bility of setting up a claim for discharges, ties was happily effected by the middle of until a ship is properly relieved. the month. The squadron lay in the bay At length the station was abandoned, thirty-two days, in order to make all sure, and Old Ironsides sailed for her native when it separated; some going one way, place, Boston. On her arrival in that and some another, most returning home. port, it was found necessary, however, to Old Ironsides, nevertheless, was too much send her to New York, in order to be paid of a favorite to be easily given up. off. She reached the last port in NovemRodgers continued in her until the suc ber 1807, and was dismantled for repairs. ceeding year, when he gave her up, with Thus terminated the fourth of the Conthe command of the squadron, to Campbell, stitution's cruises, which had been twice who remained out for a considerable pe as long as the three others put together, riod longer, almost alone. It would be and a hundred times more momentous. of little interest to turn over log-books, in She had now seen enemies, had fought order to record how often the ship went them again and again, had witnessed the in and out of the different ports of the signing of treaties under her pennant, beMediterranean, but nothing of consequence sides their dictation. In a word the good occurred until near the close of 1807, craft had been magna pars in many an when the ship had been from home quite important event. She was in some meafour years.
sure entitled to the character of a statesBy this time the relations between this man, as well as that of a warrior. country and England became much em The Constitution was now more than broiled, and, in the midst of all the other ten years old, and some serious repairs difficulties, occurred the attack on the had become necessary. America did not Chesapeake, by the Leopard. The Ches then possess a single dry-dock, and prepaapeake had been intended for the relief rations were made for heaving her out. ship on the Mediterranean station, and This was done, at Brooklyn Yard, in the she sailed near the close of June, on that spring of 1808, when her copper was exduty. After the attack her cruise was amined and repaired. All this time the abandoned, and in expectation of hostili ship was not properly out of commission; ties which threatened to be of early occur many officers were attached to her; and as rence, this station itself was broken up. soon as she was righted, and got her spars There were but two ships on it, the Con aloft, Rodgers, who commanded on the stitution and the Wasp, and the times of station afloat, as Chauncy did the yard, many of the people of the former had long showed his broad pennant in her again. been up. There were a good many of the For a time, Lawrence acted as her first original crew of Old Ironsides still on lieutenant, as did Izard, his successor, board her, and these men had now been when Lawrence was transferred to the out four years, when they had shipped for command of a brig. Nevertheless, the only three. It is true, new engagements ship lay near,
if not quite, a twelvemonth had been made with many of the men, at the yard, before she received a full but others had declined making any. In crew, and began to cruise. this state of things, Campbell brought This was a period when all the active the ship down to Gibraltar, and waited naval force of the country was kept on anxiously for the appearance of his relief. the coast. The Mediterranean had been She did not come, but, in her stead arrived the only foreign station, after the peace the report of what had occurred to her. with France, and that was broken up. It now became necessary for some one to Two home squadrons were maintained go aloft, and Campbell determined to one to the northward, under Rodgers, and move the good ship, once more, in that one to the southward, under a different direction. All hands were called to get commander. The broad pennant of the the anchors, when the men refused to commander-in-chief afloat, was flying on man the bars unless the ship sailed for board Old Ironsides. This gave the old home. There was a moment when things craft an opportunity of showing herself, looked very serious, but Campbell was and making acquaintances, in various nobly sustained by his officers, with Lud of the home ports. Until Campbell low at their head, and after a crisis, in brought her round to New-York, in which force was used in seizing individ 1807, to be paid off, it is believed she had uals, and the marines were paraded, and never entered any American harbor but
that of Boston. Yankee born, and Yan mizzenmast; but some
one took the kee bred, she had had Yankee command trouble to overhaul the hold of the ers, until Decatur got her; and in that States one day, and to lighten her, and day there was more of provincial feeling now she defies the world! among us than there is at present. This Rodgers had a good and a deserved was probably the reason that the Consti reputation for fitting out a ship; but he tution was so often taken to Boston; out was fond of men, and usually filled his of which port she has sailed, owing to vessels too full of one thing and another. peculiar circumstances, on every one of Owing to this, or some other reason, he her most successful cruises.
lost his first love for Old Ironsides, and When Nicholson went on the southern deserted her for the President. coast, there was no port, in that quarter, It is a great mistake to try to give a into which he would be likely to go with puissant battery to a vessel that was never so heavy a ship; and unless he did, we meant to carry one.
One cannot make a do not see when Old Ironsides could have frigate of a sloop-of-war, by any expedibeen in any haven of the country, except ent; and the uses of an active sloop may Boston, until the close of the year 1807. be injured by an abortive attempt so to This visit to New-York, however, broke do. This is particularly true of very the charm, and since that, nearly every small, sharp vessels, which lose their trim important point of the coast, that has sul by slight variations, and which, at the ficient water to receive her, has had a best, can be nothing but small, sharp vesvisit. Rodgers kept Old Ironsides, until sels, and if properly stowed, of great effi18 when he shifted his pennant to the ciency, on account of their speed; if not, President, under the impression that the of very little, on account of an unavoidable last was the faster ship. Some persons want of force. fancied the good craft had lost her sailing. Hull succeeded Rodgers in the com
mand of the Constitution, and the good Deaths and resignations had made ship was compelled to strike her broad Rodgers the oldest officer afloat, and he pennant. As for Hull, he knew his ship did very much as he chose in these mat well-having been a lieutenant in her, and ters. Off the wind, the President was her first lieutenant besides. Morris, too, unquestionably one of the fastest ships who had sailed in her as a midshipman, that ever floated, but on a wind, the Con under Preble, and who had been prostitution was her match, any day, es moted out of her into the Argus, Hull's pecially if the vessels were brought to old brig, before Tripoli, now joined her, as double-reefed topsails. The President her new first lieutenant. The transfer was a more roomy ship, perhaps, tum was made at Hampton Roads, in the sumbling home the least, but Old Ironsides mer of 1810. During the remainder of was confessedly of the stoutest frame, and the season, the ship cruised on the coast, the best ribbed.
and she wintered at New London. The sailing of many of the vessels fell Nothing worthy of being recorded ocoff about this time, and we think an intel curred under this new state of things, ligent inquiry would show that it was until the Constitution was ordered to owing to a cause common to them all. Europe, in the course of the year 1811, The commanders were anxious to make with Mr. Barlow on board, and with their vessels as efficient as possible, by money to pay the interest on the Dutch loading them with guns, and filling them debt. In that day, it was a common with men.
The spars, too, were some thing to send vessels of war across the what increased in weight, which produced Atlantic, on the errands of the public, an increase in ballast. The guns and though this was the first time, since 1800, spars were not of so much moment, but that a ship as heavy as the Constitution the additional men required additional was thus employed. Under Hull, while provisions and water, and this sunk the thus employed, the Constitution's lieutenhull deeper in the water, and demanded a ants appear to have been, Messrs. Morris, greater moving power. When Barry first Page, Wadsworth, Read,' * ***** and took the States out to the West Indies, Morgan. Of these officers, Messrs. Morshe was one of the fastest frigates that ris, Wadsworth, Read, and Morgan, are ever floated, though the Constitution was still living, and have all carried broad thought to be her equal. About the
pennants. year 1810, nevertheless, the States had The ship sailed for Cherbourg direct. got so bad a name for sailing, that she Off that port she found a strong British went by the soubriquet of the Old Wag squadron, under the late Sir Pultney Malgoner, and was held quite cheap by all colm, who was in the Royal Oak seventywho were in a hurry. The Macedonian, four. Old Ironsides, on this occasion, was her prize, certainly beat her under a jury nearly surrounded by Englishmen, all of
whom came up on her quarters, one, a the Royal William. Thither, then, it was frigate, speaking her, first telling her own necessary to proceed, and Mr. Read was name, as is usual between vessels of war, despatched to that vessel with a renewal and then asking hers. When the last of the demand. This officer met with a was given, permission was asked to send very polite reception from the captain of a boat on board, which was readily grant the Royal William, who acquainted him ed. The English commodore now sent a with the fact, that no British officer could request to see Captain full, on board the give up a man who claimed protection as Royal Oak, if it were his intention to go a British subject. Holland was an Irishinto Cherbourg. The answer was, it was man, and had put in his claim to the procontrary to usage for an American captain tection of the British ilag. To this Mr. to leave his vessel at sea, unless to wait Read replied, it might be true that the on his own immediate superior. A second man was born in Ireland, but he had enrequest followed, that he would not go in tered voluntarily into the American seruntil a certain hour next morning. To vice, and was bound to adhere to his barthis Hull replied, that he was bound into gain, until the term of his enlistment had Cherbourg, with a minister on board, and expired. The English officer could only he felt it to be his duty to enter the regret that the respective duties of the port the moment circumstances permitted. two services seemed to conflict, and adThese were ticklish times—the affair of hered to his first decision. Mr. Read the Chesapeake, and the generally high then remarked that since the Constitution pretensions of the English marine, placing had lain at Spithead several letters had every American coinmander strictly on been received on board her from men prothe alert. No further communications fessing to be Americans, who stated that passed, however, and the ship went into they had been impressed into the English her port, as soon as circumstances would service, and should any of these men run allow.
and get on board the Constitution, that Having landed Mr. Barton, the Constitu her commanding officer might feel himself tion sailed for the Downs, where she ob bound to protect them. The captain of tained a pilot, and proceeded to the Texel. the Royal William hoped nothing of the Here she sent ashore about $200,000 kind would occur, and here the conversain specie, and returned to the Downs, tion ended. whence she stood on to Portsmouth, That night a man was heard in the anchoring at Spithead, among a force of water alongside of the Constitution, and between thirty and forty English cruisers. a boat was immediately lowered to bring Hull now went up to London, leaving
him on board. It was a seaman of the Morris in command. After lying at Spit- Havannah, who had fastened some shells head near a fortnight, an incident occurred of blocks beneath his arms, lowered himthat is well worthy of being mentioned. self into the water, and floated with the Nearly in a line with Old Ironsides, fol tide down to the American frigate, which lowing the course of the tides, lay the he hailed. A boat was lowered and he Havannah, 36, one of the frigates then in was taken on board. A few minutes later port. One night, near the close of the a boat came from the Havannah to claim first watch, Mr. Read having the deck, a him. “ You cannot have the man," said man of the name of Holland contrived to Morris; "he says he is an American, and get out of the ship, and to swim down to claims our protection.” “Can I see him ?" the Havannah, where he caught hold of asked the English lieutenant. “No sir." something, and held on until he could “We will have him, as you will find out.” make himself heard, when he was picked said the young man, as he descended the up greatly exhausted. The first lieute ship's side and got into his own boat. nant of the Havannah, knowing that Hol There was a good deal of negotiation, land was a deserter from the Constitu and some correspondence the next day. tion, under his first professional impulse, Morris had visited the admiral himself
, sent the boat alongside of the American and Hull arrived in the course of the day. ship to report the occurrence, adding that The last approved of all that had been the man was too much exhausted to be done. The deserter from the Havannah, moved then, but that he should be sent whose name was Byrne, or Burns, had back in the morning. Mr. Morris waited insisted that he was a native of New York, until ten o'clock, when he sent a boat and had been impressed, and it is not unalongside of the Ilavannah to procure the likely his story may have been true, as an deserter. The first lieutenant of that English subject would hardly have venship, however, had seen the propriety of tured on the experiment he had tried. reporting the whole affair to the admiral But true or not, the principle was the (Sir Roger Curtis), who had ordered him same, and Hull was determined not to give to send the man on board his tlag ship, him up unless Holland was sent back. In
each case the assertion of the man himself Read near him, just as a gun was fired. was all the testimony as to nationality, Read was looking towards the battery while Hull could show his deserter had that was firing, and Hull was looking inshipped voluntarily, whereas Burns had board at that moment. As soon as the been impressed.
shot was clear of the smoke Read saw it, The occurrence of such a transaction, and he spoke to his captain, requesting in the roads of Spithead, in the height of
him to move. Hull did not move, howa war, and among forty English cruisers, ever, or even look round, and the shot could not but produce a great excitement passed through the hammocks, within at Portsmouth. Every boat that came two or three feet of the place where he off to the Constitution brought rumors of stood, knocked the stern of the launch a hostile character from the shore. into pieces, and damaged another boat was impossible," these rumors said, " that that was stowed alongside her. Another a foreign man-of-war could be permitted shot struck in the bend, just below the to quit the roads under such circumstan gangway, but did not pass through. Notces, carrying off an English deserter in withstanding all this, Old Ironsides stood her.” Hull meant to do it, nevertheless, steadily on, and the signal was soon after and Old Ironsides manifested every dis shown, though not from the part of the position to do her duty. A frigate an ship agreed on. It was the nerve manichored near her, and Hull took his ship fested on board that caused the French to outside of the fleet, where he was followed cease firing, and the ship shortly after by the heaviest frigate in the roads. “This passed inside. This was the only occawill do well enough,” said Hull, to one of sion on which our gallant frigate ever his lieutenants; “ if they don't send any received a French shot in her ribs, although more I think I can manage that chap, and she had been used in a French war. 'twill be a pretty fair fight.” The Con After lying some time at Cherbourg, stitution went to quarters and lighted up the Constitution sailed for home, reaching her batteries, exercising guns for a quarter Hampton Roads late in the winter of of an hour. The frigate came close to 1812, or early in the spring. The ship her, but no hostilities were offer and was soon after carried up to Washington, the Constitution carried off her man un and most of her people were discharged. molested.
Morris and Page left her, but some of Off Cherbourg the Constitution again her lieutenants continued attached to her fell in with the English blockading force. -it being intended to fit her out again. After communicating with one of the ves Hull also continued his command. He sels she began to beat in towards the har told the Secretary of the bad sailing of bor. It was raining a little, and the day the ship, and advised that she should be was clouded, though clear enough for all hove out that her copper might be examthe purposes of war. The English vessels ined. Harraden, her old master, under formed in a line ahead, and beat up a short Preble, was then master of the Washingdistance to leeward of the American fri ton Yard, and he offered to put the ship gate, tacking as she tacked, while one of in sailing trim, if Hull would give her up their light cruisers kept close under her to him for that purpose. The arrangelee. Hull, on quitting Cherbourg, had ment was made, and Jumping Billy* went agreed on a signal, by which his ship to work, like a true seaman as he was. might be known on her return; but some After repairing the ship's copper, she was peculiar circumstances prevented the sig restowed with about two-thirds of her nal being shown just at that moment, and former ballast, and the effect was magical. the batteries mistaking her for an enemy, Her old officers, when they came to try began to fire. This was a most critical her, scarce knew the ship, she proved to situation for Old Ironsides, as she was be so much lighter and livelier than before. now near enough to be torn to pieces if There is little question that Jumping she bore up, and the French commenced Billy's precaution served Old Ironsides in earnest on her. As it was, every, or
in the arduous trial she was now so soon nearly every shot fired, hit her. Hull was to undergo. standing in one of her gangways with
[To be concluded in our next.] This soubriquet came from the name of a purchase that is called a “ Jumping Billy," and which was a great favorite with this officer. Harraden passed with many persons as an Englishman; but, in truth, he was a native of Nasachussetts, who had been impressed, and had served a long time in the English Navy.
A RAILROAD LYRIC.
“The wonted roar was up amidst the woods,
Comu “From those deep-throated engines belched, whose roar Embowelled with outrageous noise the air."
O'er the cloudy station-house
Of the western mountains cold,
Where the sun withdraws his gold,
Stars of signal light are set,
Trains of waiting vapor met,
In the car of night reclining,
Life awaits the morrow's shining-
Deeply dreams, and dimly sees
Troops of travelling fantasies.
And the visions of its sleep
That its waking moments keep.
Time, time, time.
But here we stand,
Water boil and fire burn
In the oily steaming urn.
They that tarry wind and tide
Safely to the harbor ride ;
Action is not all in all,
Stand we, though the heavens fall;