Archive Results For: English Civil War

The Presence of Tromp during Blake’s Reduction of the Scilly Isles in 1651

By C.D. Curtis

The English Council of State suspected Tromp’s preparations, thinking that the Dutch wished to seize the islands for use as a base against the Commonwealth and, on April 1st, issued urgent orders to Blake to proceed to Scilly. Blake was instructed to enquire of Tromp his intentions. Blake declared that the Scillies had capitulated on […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Civil War | English Channel | North Sea | Pirates
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Weapons

The Constant Warwick

By A W Johns

The privateer Constant Warwick was completed in 1644-5, financed by a syndicate which included her designer/builder, Peter Pett. It was a time when England needed fast ships to combat extensive piracy. Along the east coast it was so bad that colliers sometimes had to wait to be convoyed by a warship. There was even a […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea | Nine Years' War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Shipbuilding & Design

Blake’s Reduction of Jersey in 1651

By The Rev. J.R. Powell

The author draws on two contemporary sources in providing an account of Blake’s reduction of the last remaining Royalist stronghold of Jersey. Blake, commanding some 80 vessels, was instructed to transport and give assistance to a land force under Colonel Heane. The author sees Blake’s directing hand in confusing and wearing down an already demoralised […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | English Channel
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Royalists at Sea in 1650

By R.C. Anderson

Detailed study of two complex documents (A Letter from Lisbon and Prince Ruperts Declaration to the King of Portugal) indicates that the residual Royalist fleet under Prince Rupert comprised no more than eleven ships, which are unlikely all to have been simultaneously available for service. Operating from Lisbon, Portugal, they were pursued by stronger Parliamentary […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Civil War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Royalists at Sea in 1649

By R.C. Anderson

A detailed account is given of operations by Royalist ships during the year 1649 under the command of Prince Rupert. Although the squadron was in poor condition and lacking in resources it still formed the most effective weapon remaining in Royalist hands. With parliament in power in England the base of operations was shifted from […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Civil War | English Channel | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Document: The Cutting Down of the Sovereign in 1651

By courtesy of L.G. Carr Laughton

Copy of correspondence between Chatham Dockyard and Commissioner of the Navy about alterations to Sovereign, including the benefits and costs. Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

Document: Official Ship Models

By courtesy of L. G. Carr Laughton

The letter, dated 12 April 1649, from the Admiralty Committee to the Navy Commissioners contains the earliest order then discovered for the making of models of ships proposed to be built. The two third rates were the Fairfax and Speaker; the next two were the Bonadventure and Portsmouth, fourth rates, and finally the Dunkirk, third […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Sailors of the Civil War, the Commonwealth and the Protectorate

By Charles H Firth

Arguing the need to update the Dictionary of National Biography, perhaps by the addition of a specialist collection of naval biographies, this article presents corrected, revised and additional details on the lives of noted English naval commanders around the time of the English Civil War. Supported by numerous references, the article presents revised details of […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Biography

The Early Naval Lieutenant

By Isabel G. Powell

The lieutenant first appears as a naval officer about the year 1580. Under Elizabeth his appointment rested entirely with the captain,” who generally made his choice from among his personal friends”. The lieutenant was, in consequence, an officer of social position, as his superior officer was. A lieutenant is an employment for a gentleman well-bred, […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Civil War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies

The Royalists at Sea in 1648

By R C Anderson

The appointment by Parliament in 1648 of Thomas Rainborowe, a republican, as Vice Admiral triggered a mutiny in May in the English Channel, and 11 ships left to join the Royalists in Holland. In August, off Shoeburyness, 18 Royalist ships commanded by the Prince of Wales outnumbered the 12 of the Earl of Warwick for […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | English Channel
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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