Maclay, Edgar Stanton.


Navy Blue Company, Greenlawn, N.Y., 1st ed., 1910. 201 + 13 (advt.) pp., frontis. + 15 other plates. White buckram ; black lettering ; yellow lines &c., t.e.g. 19 x 13cm. Old price in red on (blank) e.p., advert pages at rear torn with loss, o/w V.G. The full sub-title of this book describes its contents : "From the diary of an English lad (a prot'g' of the duchess of the fifth Duke of Marlborough) who served in the British frigate MACEDONIAN during her memorable action with the American frigate UNITED STATES; who afterward deserted and entered the American Navy, was recaptured by the British and confined in a South African prison and, on being released, again enlisted in the United States Navy." This is the story of Samuel Leech and his adventures and mis-adventures at sea before and during the Naval War of 1812. Includes Leech's own account of the dreadful carnage during the engagement of the two frigates, and his time as a POW after being captured by the British. Fearing death for desertion, his mother, through the influence of Lady Churchill, secured a protection for him and Leech was able to return to England and sailed for Liverpool in 1821. He died, back in America, in 1848. This book is dedicated to the memory of "Rear Admiral Sir Edward Chichester, R.N. As an Expression of American Appreciation for His Very Handsome Conduct in Manila Bay, May 3 to August 14, 1898." When US ships were threatened by a German squadron in Manila Bay, Chichester, in a subtle manner, made it clear to the Germans that the Royal Navy would not stand idle if the American ships were attacked. His actions defused a dangerous situation.

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