|Above, USS Kearsarge attacks the CSS Alabama in a famed naval engagement off Cherbourg, France during the War Between the States. Below, French artist Edouard Manet's 1864 painting, "Battle of the Kearsarge and Alabama," shows Kearsarge, background, far right, sailing in on the burning Alabama, center. A British yacht, foreground, witnessed the battle and rescued Confederate crewmembers.|
No more the boatswain's pipe shall call
No more shall the curious visitor
'Tis better thus to lay away
NOTES: Roncador Cay is a Caribbean island belonging to Colombia. In 1894, Panama was still a department of Colombia, nine years from independence.
The U.S. Navy's first USS Kearsarge was a steam sloop-of-war launched in 1861. Kearsarge sank on Roncador Reef on Feb, 2, 1894. She was renowned for sinking the CSS Alabama in an 1864 Civil War battle fought in the English Channel, outside the French port of Cherbourg. Five Kearsarge sailors won the Medal of Honor in that intense 70-minute engagement.
Her "famous gun," or armament, was a pair of smoothbore 11-in. Dahlgrens, four smoothbore 32-pounders and a rifled 28-pounder (4.2-in. Parrott).
Colors: The salute, usually bugle or trumpet, made when the U.S. flag is raised or lowered.
Taps: A bugle call or drum signal sounded at night as an order to put out lights; also played at military funerals (Webster's II).
Guerdon: Reward; requital (Webster's II).