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Piracy

By Philip Gosse

The pirate has been called ‘the enemy of the human race’. In Webster’s Dictionary we find him described as a ‘robber on the high seas, one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas’. The haunt of the pirate was the narrow waterway where shipping thronged; and that his malevolent […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | Antiquity | English Channel | Medieval | American Revolution | Pirates | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Case Of H.M.S. Vulture

By Geoffrey Rawson

This article is a brief examination of the circumstances around HMS Vulture (14) being driven away by rebels using a single four-pounder gun, from her anchorage above New York on the Hudson River. Major Andre, adjutant-general to the British forces, was negotiating the surrender of West Point with General Arnold at the time. This resulted […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

The Case of M. de La Touché

By G. Rutherford

Nelson’s unflattering remarks on the character of his opponent in the Mediterranean, Admiral de La Touché-Treville, mentioned in the Barham Papers, were in respect of an episode in New York in the autumn of 1782 after the Comte de la Touché, as he was then known, had been captured in his frigate Aigle. It is […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Byron in the Leeward Islands, 1779 Part II

By D. Bonner-Smith

In this follow-on to an earlier article, the author quotes extensively from the correspondence of Vice-Admiral John Byron, as well as that of his colleagues Vice-Admiral Barrington and Major-General Grant. The documents reveal the challenges that Byron faced of protecting British trade and defending the Leeward Islands against the French in the face of tropical […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Byron in the Leeward Islands, 1779 Part I

By D. Bonner-Smith

The Article deals primarily with the endeavours of Admiral John Byron on the Leeward Islands Station but also covers the interrelated activities of Admirals Gambier, Howe, Hyde Parker, and the French Count d’Estaing, during the critical years of 1778 and 1779. The strategic situation in the Carribean is dealt with in some detail, in particular […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Sidelights on Commodore Johnstone’s Expedition to the Cape Part II

By G. Rutherford

In 1781 Commodore Johnstone was sent with a small naval force and a mixed convoy to capture The Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch. The French had also sent reinforcements to the Cape under the command of Admiral Suffren. Suffren carried out an unsuccessful attack on Johnstone who was at anchor at Porto Praya […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Nelson and the River San Juan

By C.J. Britton

The author refers to an earlier contribution by Commander Robinson concerning two sketches associated with Nelson’s involvement in the San Juan River campaign of 1780. The author argues that one of these was probably drawn by Nelson, given the close similarity in handwriting, but questions the accuracy of the estimated distances given between river mouth, […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Sidelights on Commodore Johnstone’s Expedition to The Cape Part I

By G. Rutherford

In the first of a two-part study, the author addresses the antecedents to this 1781 expedition and the events leading up to the Battle of Porto Praya in the Cape Verde Islands. Originally conceived as a privateering expedition to Spanish South America, its eventual objective changed to taking the Cape of Good Hope settlement, following […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

Admiral de Ternay and an “English Convoy”

By G. Rutherford

This considers a minor incident in July 1780, when de Ternay’s convoy from France encountered British frigates off the Chesapeake. These were believed by some of French officers to be no more than the light escort for a British coastal troop convoy, one that would have been at the mercy of his seven ships of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Admiral Lord Rodney in Jamaica

By H.M. Cundall, I.S.0., F.S.A

Nowhere in the British Dominions is the name of Admiral Rodney more venerated than in the island of Jamaica. After the Battle of Saintes Rodney was created a Baron and granted a pension of 2,000 pounds. In Jamaica the House of Assembly resolved “to apply to the most eminent artist in England to prepare an […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | American Revolution | French Revolution | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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