Armed Peace in the Mediterranean 1736-1739: a Comparative Survey of the Navies

By Daniel Panzac, published February 1998


Even though at peace in this period, nations with interests in the Mediterranean maintained substantial naval forces there because of growing tensions between them. This paper compares the Mediterranean naval strength of Britain, France, Venice, Spain and the Ottoman Empire. As well as numbers of ships, with their size, age and armament, the food and pay rates of the officers and men are also compared. The overall naval budgets and distributions of British, French and Spanish ships elsewhere in the world are also given as an indication of these countries’ strategic concerns.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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