Archive Results For: American Revolution

Document: The Loss of the Ville de Paris

By courtesy of Colonel Gerald Boyle

The 24 March 1783 document is James Wilson’s account of the sinking of his Majesty’s ship Ville de Paris en route from Kingston, Jamaica to Great Britain. He was rescued by a Danish vessel and following his recuperation on the Continent he returned to Cowes, Isle of Wight, aboard a Russian ship. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

John the Painter

By W Senior

James Aitken, 1752–77, who was better known as John the Painter, was a Scot who committed acts of sabotage in British naval dockyards during the War of American Independence. Emigrating to the American colonies, he adopted the rebels’ cause and on his return to England in 1775 decided to give them practical support. He noted […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards

With the Great Fleet in 1780 Part II

By Geoffrey Callender

This is the continuation of the article published in the previous issue. In 1780 the condition of the fleet was very bad, and many members of the crew were sick. The Admiral followed his orders which included the need of keeping the sea, even the great mortality of men by scurvy, whose incidences are well […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | American Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

With the Great Fleet in 1780 Part I

By G A Callender

The author refers to the depressing or misunderstood story of the Channel Fleet during the War of American Independence (1778-83), and remembers the success when war broke out with France in 1778 and Admiral Charles Hardy, with a fleet just the half of the enemy one, saved the state. When he died his successor was […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | American Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Transport of Troops by Sea

By Major Evan Fyers

Transport of troops by sea under sail was often difficult, unpleasant and dangerous. Many accounts, some mentioned here, relate the horrors experienced. The institution of the Transport Board achieved some improvement, but the terrible experience of troops returning from Coruna in gales was fresh in the mind of Lord Melville in 1810 when he advocated […] Read More

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

Big Ships in History

By R.C. Anderson

There are many references to be found here and there to ships of a remarkable size for their epoch. The English Regent, for instance, a ship of 1489, is said to have been of 1,000 tons, and was in all probability the biggest ship of her time. The first figures available, those for the Scottish […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | American Revolution | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Note: Naval Uniform

By Edmond P Kay

Kay reproduces the January 11, 1783 Admiralty orders for the change of Full Dress and Undress uniforms for a number of flag officers in the fleet. For the Full Dress uniform the manner of distinguishing rank was amended with rows of embroidery on the cuff to match that of Army Generals. Read More

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

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