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3748 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.

he was exhausted and half-drowned, and

he died soon after. The other prisoners,

over thirty in number, were taken to England and were placed in a prison camp.

A few months after our entry into the

war, it was deemed desirable to send some

of our dreadnoughts to reinforce the

British fleet. Six vessels, the New York,

Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Arkansas, and

Florida were sent under command of

Rear Admiral Hugh Rodman. These vessels were incorporated in the British

Grand Fleet under command of Admiral

Sir David Beatty.

Thereafter, these dreadnoughts cooperated with the British fleet in patrol work,

the protection of convoys and other

activities. In a very short time, the

Americans were assigned to one of the

two places of honor and importance in

the battle line. They were known and

designated as the Sixth Battle Squadron,

and as one of the two so-called fast wings

would take station at the head or rear of

the battleship force. On one occasion

the Grand Fleet came within a few miles

of cutting off from its base and engaging

the German fleet, and the disposition of

the vessels was such that the American

Battleship Division would have led in

the action had not the Germans avoided

battle and taken refuge behind their

defenses. In the words of Rear Admiral

Rodman:

"It was our policy to go after him every

time he showed his nose outside of his

ports; no matter when or where, whether

in single ships, by divisions, or his whole

fleet, out we went, day or night, rain or

shine (and there was mighty little daylight and much less shine in the winter

months), blow high or blow low, and

chase him back in his hole. So persistent was this performance on our part,