The Armed Vessels of the Nova Scotia Government in the Late Eighteenth Century

By J. C. Arnell, published May 1969


During the wars of the later eighteenth century, the Royal Navy was unable to protect all Britain’s colonies, particularly those off the Atlantic seaboard of North America. At Nova Scotia the problem was compounded by a lack of land communications. Successive provincial Governors petitioned London to be allowed to operate their own armed vessels. Arnell highlights the difficulties of acquiring approval and of operating the small vessels. Using archived correspondence between the province and London he exposes the delays and frustrations of seaborne communication across a far-flung empire during the sail-driven era.

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics

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