Archive Results For: French Revolution

Book Review-‘Review of British Flag Officers in the French Wars, 1793–1815: Admirals’ lives’ by J. Morrow Bloomsbury

By Evan Wilson

John Morrow’s study of British admirals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793–1815) plunges directly into the subject matter. In the introduction, he sketches a social history of the nearly four hundred flag officers who served during the wars and offers some general thoughts on the challenges they faced in their careers. He points […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Navies

Note: The Complements of Four Dutch Ships Taken at the Texel in 1799

By Nicholas Blake

In 1799 an Anglo-Russian expedition under the overall command of Admiral Duncan sailed for Holland to land on the Helder and take possession of the fleet of the Batavian Republic in the Texel in the name of the Prince of Orange, and to provoke or encourage an uprising against the French occupiers. The land part […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic | French Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Notes: Corrigenda

By Pieter van der Merwe

I have to correct, with apology, three accidental slips in the notes on T. D. Ledward’s Bounty letters that appeared in the November 2018 issue1. The first (n22) is that Albemarle Bertie’s final rank was full admiral and baronet, not knighted vice-admiral. The second (n54) is that neither Bligh’s bible nor prayerbook are in the National Maritime […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Notes: Captain Bligh’s Glasses

By Pieter van der Merwe

In 1939, on the death of Lieutenant Commander George Frederick Glennie, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) received from his widow a fine, oval, silver-mounted Georgian reading glass, which folds into protective tortoiseshell covers (REL0026, figure 1). It measures 76 x 52 x 20 millimetres and the lens hinges out sideways from one of the mounts on […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

The Influence of the Theories of John Clerk of Eldin on British Fleet Tactics, 1782–1805

By Jim Tildesley

This article is a fundamental re-examination of the published work of John Clerk of Eldin and the influence it had on fleet commanders of the Royal Navy from 1782. While previous assessments have alluded to the potential for some influence, the general conclusion has been that any influence was limited; although some have dismissed it […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | French Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Pitch, Paint, Varnish and the Changing Colour Schemes of Royal Navy Warships, 1775–1815: A summary of existing knowledge

By Brian Vale

It is a long-standing assumption that the colour scheme of British warships between 1775 and 1815 changed from yellow hulls, through the yellow and black Nelson chequer to the ubiquitous black and white; while the interiors and bulwarks were first painted red, then yellow ochre, then a range of light colours including green. In the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Note: An Offshore Hydrographic Survey by the Royal Navy in 1798

By M. K. Barritt

In 1798 St Vincent ordered an urgent examination of an alternative anchorage for the Mediterranean fleet south of Cape Spartel.  This account describes the methods used to carry out the survey and its shortfalls. Read More

Filed under: French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Document: Captain Beaufort on the Sensation felt by Drowning Man

By courtesy of Maldwin Drummond

This document records the experience of Francis Beaufort when he nearly drowned as a midshipman in the frigate Aquilon. Read More

Filed under: French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

The Application and Scheme of Paintworks in British Men-of-War in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

By Peter G. Goodwin

The question of the authenticity of the colour scheme for the preserved HMS Victory has been the subject of some debate. This article uses historical evidence and technical analysis of paint samples to draw conclusions about the external and internal appearance of HMS Victory and other ships of this time in both the British and […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Note: Baron de Bode and His Capstan

By John Harland

The capstan patented in 1836 was designed to be used with a chain messenger by which the               passage of cable was not interrupted.  The Note also contains details of the de Bode family and their historic claim to restitution under the Treaty of Paris for the value of […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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