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Note: On the First Use of the Term ‘Chronometer’

By Wolfgang Koberer

This brief note records the first usages of the term ‘chronometer’, dating from 1713 in William Derham’s Physico-theology, and Matthias Wasmuth’s Arcanum Navarchicon of 1684. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Note: A British Account of the Action off Cape Sarych, 1914

By Toby Ewin

An account using hitherto unpublished documents, examines the first engagement between the Russian Black Sea fleet and the modern German ships ‘sold’ to the Ottoman empire in 1914. Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Note: On the First Use of the Term “Chronometer’

By Wofgang Koberer

A discussion of the earliest use of the term ‘chronometer’ as an instrument for keeping time. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Note: Ballast Logs

By Frank Scott

A discussion of the use of ‘ballast logs’ to stabilise commercial sailing ships as they unloaded their cargo Read More

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

‘An Awkward Engine’: Captain Philip Broke’s troublesome relationship with the carronade

By Martin Bibbings

From its first introduction in the late 1770s during the American Revolutionary War the carronade was enthusiastically embraced by the Admiralty for use in its warships, dramatically increasing the firepower and effectiveness of even the smallest vessels. Diminutive in size and weight compared to conventional long guns it was capable of firing heavy-calibre shot, and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Weapons

Some English Sailing Terms with Norse Antecedents: Weather side, luff, tack, beat to windward

By William Sayers

Key terms in the English vocabulary of sailing to windward appear anomalous in dictionaries organized by mainstream English headwords. The Old Norse language, with Anglo-Norse and Anglo-Norman French as linguistic intermediaries, along with early medieval Scandinavian sailing technology are proposed as the source for this important word cluster. The tacking terms of ‘weather’, ‘beat’, ‘tack’ […] Read More

Filed under: Medieval | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Gas Lion: The first Clyde-built gas carrier and a micocosm of Norwegian shipping

By Stig Tenold

This article, based on primary sources in Norway and Scotland, tells the history of Gas Lion, the first gas tanker built on the Clyde. The ship was delivered in 1968 from Scotts’ of Greenock to Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi (KGJS), a newly established shipping company from Bergen, Norway. In addition to the history of the ship […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: ‘To Sett Downe All the Villainie’: accounts of the sodomy trial on the fourth East India Company Voyage (1609)

By Cheryl Fury

A reconciliation of the accounts of this most unusual trial for sodomy on board a merchant ship, which reveals a great deal about shipboard life in the early seventeenth century. Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Note: ‘Her Majesty’s Bad Bargain’: Richard Johns and his naval pension

By Jeremy Rowett Johns

This note records the career of Richard Johns who drew a naval pension for 60 years following the engagement between HMS Reindeer  and USS Wasp in 1814. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Document: Captain Beaufort on the Sensation felt by Drowning Man

By courtesy of Maldwin Drummond

This document records the experience of Francis Beaufort when he nearly drowned as a midshipman in the frigate Aquilon. Read More

Filed under: French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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