Archive Results For: American Revolution

Some Notes on Warship Building by Contract in the Eighteenth Century

By Bernard Pool

When the war of Spanish Succession began in 1701 the Royal Navy was well supplied with ships in reserve built after the last peace with France in 1697. At the start of the war of Austrian Succession in 1739 there had been no new construction and the existing fleet was decaying. Thus began a period […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Austrian Succession | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

The Keppel-Palliser Affair, 1778-1779

By J.H. Bromfield

A naval cause celebre, the dispute between Augustus Keppel and Sir Hugh Palliser after the inconclusive battle of Ushant in 1778 led to the courts martial (and acquittals) of both admirals. The causes of the affair are discussed with its repercussions for both officers. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | American Revolution | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Biography | Ship Handling & Seamanship

American Prisoners of War in Great Britain

By Oliver Anderson

This Note responds to some of the conclusions reached in a recent article in the M.M. (Vol. 45, No. 3) on American prisoners of war in Great Britain during the American Revolution. The Note takes issue with some of those conclusions and suggests some archival sources where additional insights and clarifications might be found. Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Note: Gun Names

By Edgar K. Thompson

During the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, it was the custom in some ships of the United States Navy for sailors to give names or nicknames to the guns they served. The name applied to the gun and its partner opposite which would indicate that the entire battery was named. The guns of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Weapons

Note: The Bunker Hill Gun – So-Called

By R. G. Carpenter

A four-pounder brass cannon on display at the Citadel in Quebec, Canada was not captured at Bunker Hill in 1775 as claimed, because it bears a serial number indicating that it was manufactured after that date. Research indicates that it was captured in 1779 by British forces under Sir George Collier during the operation against […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Note: American Prisoners of War in Great Britain

By Oliver Anderson

This Note responds to some of the conclusions reached in a recent article in the M.M. (Vol. 45, No. 3) on American prisoners of war in Great Britain during the American Revolution. The Note takes issue with some of those conclusions and suggests some archival sources where additional insights and clarifications might be found. Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

American Prisoners of War in Great Britain 1777-1783

By Eunice H. Turner

American prisoners taken during the conflict against America were treated with tolerance and good sense, for they were not necessarily fighting against Britain as much as against America. Many Americans escaped from prison in England and were picked up by the press gang, and had to make strenuous efforts to be returned to prison. Conditions […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

Lord Sandwich, Russian Masts, and American Independence

By Frank Spencer

Lord Sandwich’s actions while Northern Secretary of State, 10 years prior to the outbreak of the American War of Independence potentially contributed to the loss of America. The issue in question is what contributes contraband. To ensure the supply of timber for masts to Britain, masts were not identified as contraband when carried by Russian […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | North Sea | American Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Early American Trade with Mauritius

By A. Toussaint

The first American trade links with the Indian Ocean were around 1685 when the pirates and buccaneers of the West Indies moved their headquarters to northern Madagascar. American merchants quickly entered into lucrative commercial and slave trading relationships with these pirates. The treaty of amity and commerce signed by France with the American colonies at […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Voyage of the Snow Africa

By W.E. Minchinton

The snow Africa was a two-masted, square rigged ship of 100 tons burthen. Such a vessel would carry about 250 slaves. On 15 July 1775, after an absence of 9 months, the Africa arrived back at Bristol in ballast. There was a total loss on this particular voyage of 250 pounds 18 shillings. It is […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | Irish Sea | Pirates | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Caribbean | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Weapons

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