Archive Results For: Irish Sea

Coastal Shipping in Cumberland, 1680–1740

By M.J. Robinson

This article refocuses scholarly attention from large-scale ocean-going trade to the important but overlooked coastal shipping trade. Using Cumberland in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth century as a case study, it contrasts the coastal traffic from Whitehaven with that of Carlisle. For the former, coastal cargoes were of peripheral interest compared with international cargoes; for the […] Read More

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

The Origins, Conduct and Outcome of the British Naval Exercises of 1885

By Matthew Allen

The naval exercises of 1885 at Berehaven under the command of Admiral Hornby, Commander in chief Portsmouth, were the epitome of the close relationship between naval training and naval doctrine during the ironclad era. They rehearsed the establishment of an advanced base in hostile waters, an essential component of both an effective close blockade and […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

Braunton: Home of the Last Fleet of Wooden Coasters

By P. A. B. Thomson

The North Devon village of Braunton was the home of a fleet of coastal trading vessels, which during the nineteenth century expanded in number of vessels as well as in their size, from smacks plying locally to ketches and schooners trading in the Bristol Channel, Irish Sea and Western end of the English Channel. In […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | WW2 | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Campbell of Breadalbane and Campbell of Argyll Boatbuilding Accounts 1600 to 1700

By Donald C. McWhannell

In early days galleys were used to transport warriors across to fight in Ireland.  Between the 15th and 18th centuries inter clan warfare and civil war caused much disruption locally. The galleys used in such foreign and domestic campaigns were expensive relative to the income of their owners. Owing to both the relative poverty of […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Brixham Sailing Trawlers: the Last Years of a Working Fleet

By P. A. B. Thomson

Sailing trawlers were already being replaced by steam powered trawlers during the first decade of the twentieth century but the main turning point for the Brixham sailing trawlers came with WW1 and its aftermath.  Several were sunk by enemy action and many of those laid up for the duration never sailed again.  Sailing trawlers were […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Submarines | Whaling & Fishing

The Post Office Packet Service, 1821–37: Development of a Steam-Powered Fleet

By J. R. Owen

Steam powered vessels were first introduced into the Domestic Packet Service by the Post Office in 1821.  By the time it was taken over by the Admiralty in 1837, the Service had 26 vessels and was one of the largest operators of steam vessels in Great Britain and Ireland.  Operating under the auspices of the […] Read More

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

Note: ‘Our little Uncommercial and Unenterprising Island’: The Isle of Man History of Sir John Ross’s Victory, 1826-7

By Ian Stone

The history of this unusual vessel’s career, giving evidence of the trade to the Isle of Man in which she was involved. Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Chester, Liverpool and the Basque Region in the Sixteenth Century

By Janet E. Hollinshead

The reign of Elizabeth I saw increased commercial hostilities between England and Spain. The Basque region offered trading opportunities remote from the control of Spanish and French monarchs. Chester and Liverpool were similarly distant from the Tudor court. These North Western ports developed trade with the Basque region. Liverpool and Chester merchants struggled to maintain […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Irish Sea | Antarctic
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Bristol Shipping and Royalist Naval Power during the English Civil War

By John Lynch

Considers Royalist imports of arms in early 1640s and difficulty of supplying the south; sympathy for Royalist cause among Bristol merchants and seafarers; significant additions to Royalist fleet on capture of Bristol; operations carried out by ships of this fleet. Discusses differences in construction and armament between merchant vessels and warships; good seaworthiness of small […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies

The Evolution of Rocket-based Maritime Rescue Systems in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

By W.B.C. Probert

Being driven onto a lee shore was a common type of shipwreck, often with great loss of life. Manby’s development of a mortar to throw a line from shore was supported by the government from 1816. Following further parliamentary concern, including several Enquiries and the 1854 Merchant Shipping Act, this was supplemented and eventually superseded […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard | Merchant Marines

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