Archive Results For: Caribbean

The Dummett Freighter: A nineteenth-century log sailing canoe from northeastern Florida

By Thomas Briggs

This article provides a comparative physical and cultural study of a cypress log sailing canoe and the plantation culture of nineteenth-century north-eastern Florida that created it. The author makes the argument that this and other vessels of similar construction represent a typology of log boat construction that was limited to Florida’s north-east during the mid- […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Civil War | Nineteenth Century | Caribbean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

‘Avarice and Rapacity’ and ‘Treasonable Correspondence’ in ‘an Emporium for All the World’: The British capture of St Eustatius, 1781

By Randolph Cock

In the Revolutionary War the American rebels relied on supplies of munitions, especially gunpowder, from Europe. To circumvent the embargo and avoid seizure by the British, many of those supplies were routed through the neutral Dutch West Indian island of St Eustatius. To cut off supplies to the Americans, the British invaded and occupied that […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Eyewitness Images of Buccaneers and their Vessels

By Benerson Little

This article describes and discusses several eyewitness illustrations of buccaneers (flibustiers) created by cartographers who made maps and charts of French Caribbean ports during the 1680s. The illustrations are highly detailed and provide new information regarding the appearance and arms of these famous sea rovers, as well as of at least one of their vessels. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: Lost and Found: the discovery of HMS Solebay at Nevis

By Vincent Hubbard

The wreck of HMS Solebay off Nevis in 1782 was unidentified until an old chart was examined. The causes of the wreck are examined. Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Caribbean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Science & Exploration

A Memorial to Hibberts

By Anthony Partington

The hull of a West Indiaman is nearly complete in artificial stone, intended to be placed over the grand entrance into the West India Docks at Blackwall. The length from stem to stern is upwards of ten feet, with height in proportion. The sides are beautifully adorned with all the minute appendages of a vessel […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | French Revolution | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

‘Eminent Service’: War, Slavery and the Politics of Public Recognition in the British Caribbean and the Cape of Good Hope c. 1782–1807

By John McAleer

The presentation of gifts to successful naval officers in recognition of their achievements provides insights into the political and commercial priorities of those who made the presentations. Many of these ‘objects of esteem’ are in the National Maritime Museum. They provide important insight into the social and economic context and the motives of the donors, […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Sinking of the Galleon San Jose on 8 June 1708: an Exercise in Historical Detective Work

By Carla Rahn Phillips, John B Hattendorf & Thomas R Beall

In 1708 a Spanish fleet sailed from the Isthmus of Panama to Cartagena on the northern coast of South America carrying a large amount of gold, silver and other valuables. The Spanish ships were attacked by an English squadron and following a battle, the Spanish flagship San José exploded and sank. No-one knows exactly where […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

From Private to Official Hydrography: the Charts and Sailing Directions of Joseph Dessiou (1743–1822) and his Son, Joseph Foss Dessiou (1769–1853)

By Susanna Fisher

Joseph Dessiou of Dartmouth was of a seafaring family engaged in the Newfoundland trade. He undertook hydrographic surveys during his seagoing career as a master and in later life turned to chart compilation for commercial publishers. His son Joseph Foss Dessiou, a master first in the merchant marine and then in the Royal Navy, also […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines | Navies | Science & Exploration

Nelson and the Perfect Muster Book

By Roger Knight

Nelson in 1790-91 was out of favour with the Admiralty, which is usually attributed to his support for Prince William Henry in the Prince’s dispute with Lieutenant Schomberg.  But Nelson had also been censured for supporting the Prince when in 1786 he failed to deliver a complete muster book at Antigua.   This perhaps was seen […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration

Between Newfoundland and the Malacca Strait: a Survey of the Golden Age of Piracy, 1695-1725

By Arne Bialuschewskia

In terms of the intensity of activity the thirty years between 1695 and 1725 were the “Golden Age” of piracy afloat. Early modern piracy flourished because it offered material gains rather than being a proletarian reaction to harsh working conditions at sea. Three widely-separated areas saw intense activity in turn between 1695 and 1725: the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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