from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A chase in which two vessels sail on one and the same course, one following in the wake of the other: as, a stern-chase is a long chase.
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The stern-chase continued for about thirteen miles, our infantry often coming within range, yet whenever we began to deploy, the Confederates increased the distance between us by resorting to a double quick, evading battle with admirable tact.
Then, beautifully handled, she brought to, and was scudding before the wind in another minute, leading them all a brave stern-chase out to sea.
Mary Anerley Richard Doddridge 2004
It is perfectly evident that such a stern-chase by
Forty-Six Years in the Army John M. Schofield
His was the force originally designed to reenforce General Burnside, and it was eminently proper that it should join in the stern-chase after
Corps began to arrive, for I felt certain that unless we did so he would succeed in passing by our left flank, and would thus again make our pursuit a stern-chase; but General Meade, whose plan of attack was to advance his right flank on Amelia Court House, objected to assailing before all his troops were up.
They gave us a stern-chase for the first hundred yards, for I cut a crab at starting; but we had plenty of pluck, and came in winners by a length.
The stern-chase continued for about thirteen miles, our infantry often coming within range, yet whenever we began to deploy, the
A stern-chase, of course, is a long chase all the world over, as everybody knows, and ours was no exception.
It was clear to me that he had no intention to meet us in open battle, and the lightness and celerity of his army convinced me that I could not possibly catch him on a stern-chase.
To this end and with great exertion, by means of lever and tackle, I hauled inboard her four great stern-chase guns, at the which labour my lady chancing to find me, falls to work beside me right merrily.
Martin Conisby's Vengeance Jeffery Farnol 1915