Archive Results For: Irish Sea

The ‘Navalisation’ of Ireland: the Royal Navy and Irish Insurrection in the 1840s

By Jerome Devitt

This article examines the role played by the Royal Navy in the deterrence and suppression of Irish nationalist movements in the early Victorian period, particularly Daniel O’Connell’s 1843 ‘Repeal Association’ and the 1848 Young Ireland Rising. The navy was seen as ‘encouraging the loyal and overawing the disaffected’ both in how it acted, and in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Vessels and Networks: Shipowning in North-West England’s Coasting Trade in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

By Peter Skidmore

The article examines vessel ownership in the coasting trade of north-west England in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Earlier work undertaken in the 1960s and 1970s identified differences in ownership patterns that were thought to have some social and economic significance. This work seeks to provide explanations for the differences by examining ownership […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines

A Ludicrous Travesty? James R. Napier and the Lancefield

By Martin Bellamy

When James R. Napier’s shipyard failed in 1861 he was left with the small steamer Lancefield, which he had built to a novel design on his own account. After failing to find a buyer he established a marginally profitable service from Ardrossan to Belfast, but came up against the might of the Glasgow & South Western […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Documentation of Working Sailing Craft in the British Isles in the 1930s

By P.A.B. Thomson

This lecture describes the role of the Society in the project to document working smiling craft on the British Isles during the early decades of the twentieth century. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Le Corsaire idéal: the Life of Dublin Mariner Patrick Dowlin, c. 1756–96

By Seán T. Rickard

This article assesses the little-known or documented history of Irish bucker,2 American privateer and French naval officer Patrick Dowlin, encompassing the period of the American War of Independence. It also provides information regarding Dowlin’s closest compatriots and describes several ruses used by smugglers, privateers and their armateurs at sea or ashore in achieving their goals. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Irish Sea | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Technological Advance and Innovation: the Diffusion of the Early Steamship in the United Kingdom, 1812-34

By John Armstrong and David Williams

Traditional historiography presents the emergence of steamships and steam navigation as slow and drawn out. Armstrong and Williams challenge this idea, arguing instead for the rapid and widespread diffusion of steamships around Britain in the immediate aftermath of its innovation in the early nineteenth century. Accounts from contemporaries, and the statistical evidence comprised from parliamentary […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The English Navy in an Irish War: Captain George Rooke’s Squadron and the Jacobite War in Ireland, Summer 1689

By Jon Meredith

The article aims to highlight the important role played by the English Navy, in particular about Captain George Rook and his squadron to counteract the dramatic situation faced by King William III during the Jacobite war in Ireland, after the landing of James II in the summer of 1689 from Scotland. By October, the English […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

Maintaining the Trust: the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, 1858-1972

By Adrian Jarvis

Considers the Board’s policies on the use of trading surpluses, which emanated from the Board seeing themselves as trustees with a duty to pass to their successors a port in a better state than they received it. Includes the Board’s actions and attitudes to local developments and Acts of Parliament. Covers opposition to paying Poor […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Charles Wye Williams, Boilers and Fuel

By Paul Quinn

Charles Wye Williams (1780-1866) was a scientist, industrialist and one of the nineteenth century’s most prominent steamship owners, and an early student of the chemistry of combustion in marine boiler furnaces. From 1838, his work on improving the efficiency of marine steam engines led to the adoption of improved furnaces designs, changes to the shape […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Fourteenth-Century English Balingers: Whence the Name?

By William Sayers

The etymologies of ‘balinger’ in the OED, from Fr. baleiner, ‘whaling ship’, and in the Middle English Dictionary, from Old French balingue, ‘beacon at sea, buoy’, are discounted, as is the route from Romance words for ‘coaster’, from Dutch bylander, in favour of Old Norse byrðinger, and thence to Middle Irish birrling and birlinn and […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | High Middle Ages | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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