When we needed to leave the next morning, the firemen were still there and since our room wasn’t touched, one took my husband up to grab our meds and toiletries we had spread out on the sink for getting ready.We stopped for breakfast at a nearby restaurant and had horrible service. I had to actually try walking into the kitchen to get someone’s attention so we could pay our bill and leave. We were now running over half an hour behind schedule.We were supposed to meet the family at the funeral home an hour before the service. By the time we arrived it was more like 15–20 minutes early. We were met in the parking lot by furious family members. My husband responded in his very dry tone “Our hotel burned down last night. You are lucky I am here in a suit.” They kept picking. At that point I pulled out the digital camera and started showing pictures. That shut them up. They were no longer angry we were late.
The U.S. Navy was not remotely comparable to the Royal Navy in 1812 or at any time during the 19th century really. The main reason the British had trouble with the U.S. fleet was that the U.S. navy could not hope to win a general engagement with the main battleships of the British fleet and avoided such engagements. When the Republicans under Thomas Jefferson came into office, they let most of the U.S. Navy frigates dry rot, rather than pay to continually re-fit them. By 1812 there were only 3 U.S. Navy frigates available for sea.This left the British to blockade the American coast, but such a blockade could never be totally effective, given the extreme length and multiple harbors of America as the experience of the Union blockade of the South in the Civil War proved. It was effective in stopping U.S. warships from getting to sea, but lots of privateers, small “Chesapeake Schooners” were faster than any Royal Navy ship and could simply outrun them into the open sea.