Bringing Round the Royal Charles

By Vice-Admiral Sir Henry K. Kitson, published February 1937


A narrative of the fitting out, commissioning and passage of the 1st Rate Royal Charles from Portsmouth to Woolwich between March and October 1691. It is based on letters and warrants from the letter books of the Portsmouth Dockyard for 1690, 1691 and 1692. In early 1691 she was lying ‘in Ordinary’ in Portsmouth Harbour in a poor state of repair. In the absence of a suitable drydock she had to move to Woolwich for refitting. This proved to be a major exercise, which is fully described (including the difficulty of finding an adequate lusty hooker in the Downs!), with difficulties of weather, manning and bureaucracy turning an apparently simple task into a marathon.

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Filed under: English Channel | Nine Years' War
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics

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