Excerpt from Battles of the British Navy, Vol. 1 of 2
The object sought to be achieved by the compiler, is to place within the reach of his countrymen an impartial record of those great and glorious con¿icts on the ocean, by which England has gained her supremacy among nation... s. To the energy and skill of the British Navy, commerce owed her protection against the world in arms, and without such powerful aid, peaceful traffic among civilized nations could never have attained its present flourishing condition.
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