Archive Results For: Pacific

Note: Matthew Flinders in HMS Providence, 1791-93

By Madge Darby

This brief note corrects the statement that Matthew Flinders was demoted to able seaman by Captain Cook during his expedition of 1793. Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

On a New Bearing: the Reorganized Royal Australian Navy at War in Vietnam

By Steven Paget

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) made a modest but important commitment of a single destroyer to the Vietnam War on a rotational basis between March 1967 and September 1971. The contrast between the deployments of the American-designed and built Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyers and the British-designed Daring class destroyer, HMAS Vendetta, represented the […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Political Discussions Onboard HMS Crocodile: David Samwell, James King, and the Historical Implications for Captain Cook’s Third Voyage

By Lance Bertelsen

James King and David Samwell wrote two of the most important journals of Captain James Cook’s third voyage and later produced the most important eighteenth-century publications describing the controversial circumstances of Cook’s death. This article presents previously unpublished excerpts from Samwell’s letters describing political discussions between the two onboard HMS Crocodile in 1781, a period during which […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

Russian Ship Names: Ships on the Shores of Russian America

By Andrei V. Grinev translated by Richard L. Bland

For this article the names of all Russian ships that travelled to the shores of Alaska during the Russian–American period are collated. These include small vessels of merchant companies that helped the Russians colonize the multitude of islands in the Aleutian chain and South Alaska, warships of the Russian navy, and the sailing ships and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Navies

Note: Commerce Warfare in the Atlantic, 1917: SMS Moewe

By Robin McNish

An account of the sinking of the SS Otaki by the German SMS Moewe in 1917, written by the son of the chief officer at the time. Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | WW1 | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies

A Statement of Hopes? The Effectiveness of US and British Naval War Plans Against Japan, 1920–1941

By Douglas Ford

This article reconsiders the traditional claim that the setbacks which the US and British naval forces faced during the opening stages of the war against Japan in 1941–2 were the result of poor strategic planning. It illustrates how, during the decades leading up to the outbreak of the Pacific War, naval staffs drew up a […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Foreign Ships in the Fleet of the Russian–American Company (1799–1867)

By Andrei V. Grinëv

The Russian–American Company fleet (1799–1871) provided communication between the Asian and Baltic ports of Russia and the distant Russian colonies in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. At the beginning of its existence its fleet consisted exclusively of Russian-built ships, but gradually came to be made up of ships built in England, the United States, Germany […] Read More

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

An Assessment of Voyage Memoirs of the Erikson Era

By Frank Scott

The many Erikson voyage memoirs are assessed as a group to establish their value to the historian, and their limits. The cultural differences between the Anglophone ‘adventurer’ trainees, and the Ålander/Finnish professional trainees and crew are illuminated, along with working conditions, training, and the experiences of the few women. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

HIJMS Wakamiya and the Early Development of Japanese Naval Air Power

By Jonathan Parkinson

The British merchant steamship Lethington was captured by the Japanese in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War, converted into a seaplane tender in 1914 and then transformed into the aircraft carrier Wakamiya in 1920. At Tsingtao in September 1914 she became the first vessel in history to handle naval aircraft in action. This paper examines the early moves by the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Weapons

Turbulent Waters: Sea Raiding in Early Modern South East Asia

By Robert J. Anthony

Between 1500 and 1860 piracy in South East Asia was a multinational enterprise, involving European, American, Chinese, Japanese, and indigenous sea raiders. Although Western pirates occasionally made their way into South East Asian waters, they never posed as much of a threat to the prosperity and stability of the area as the buccaneers had done […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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