Archive Results For: French Revolution

‘This Great Complex Concern’: Victualling the Royal Navy on the East Indies Station, 1780–1815

By Martin Wilcox

The East Indies station was the largest and most challenging area in which the Royal Navy operated during the long eighteenth century. Although operations on the station are well understood, its administration has until recently been the subject of little research. This article, which builds upon work by the author on the victualling of the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

North Sea and Baltic Convoy 1793–1814: as Experienced by Merchant Masters Employed by Michael Henley & Son

By John Barney

Letters to Michael Henley & Son from their ship’s masters provided a source of material for the views and opinions of the convoy systems put in place with the Convoy Act of 1798 during the French wars. The information ranges from ships engaged in commercial trade, to ships used by the Transport Service and their […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic | North Sea | French Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

A Memorial to Hibberts

By Anthony Partington

The hull of a West Indiaman is nearly complete in artificial stone, intended to be placed over the grand entrance into the West India Docks at Blackwall. The length from stem to stern is upwards of ten feet, with height in proportion. The sides are beautifully adorned with all the minute appendages of a vessel […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | French Revolution | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

An Admiral and his Money: Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood

By J.D. Hilton FCA

Vice-Admiral Collingwood was an affluent man at the beginning of the nineteenth century but had to manage this growing wealth while absent at sea for long periods at a time. Problems with wealth for the affluent included where to invest their money and with no property, Collingwood chose to invest in British government stocks whose […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Royal Navy Gunners in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

By Gareth Cole

Gunners were warrant officers, appointed by the Navy Board, but permanently attached to their ship. The article examines how a man became a gunner; what was the role of the gunner on board ship once he was warranted; how these responsibilities fitted in with the ordnance and naval aspects of warfare at sea; how the […] Read More

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

Document: Lieutenant J.H.E. Hill’s Account of the Shipwreck of the Valke, 10 November 1799

By courtesy of Jane Knight

The letter was written by Hill of the 23rd Regiment of Welch Fusiliers to the Duke of York, Commander-in-Chief of the expeditionary force to Den Helder. The account of the voyage of the Dutch frigate Valke gives a vivid record of a shipwreck in winter in the middle of the night in the cold, grey […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | French Revolution | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

‘Now is Our Time, the Ship is Our Own, Huzza for the Red Flag’: Mutiny on the Inspector, 1797

By Ann Hawkins and Helen Watt

Using newly discovered material from the National Archives, the authors detail events aboard the sloop Inspector (16) as well as more central issues surrounding the Nore mutiny. Ship’s captain, Charles Lock’s report is examined; this covers the period from 27 May, when Inspector arrived at Yarmouth, through her mutiny, from 30 May, when she was […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | French Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

The Nore Mutiny—Sedition or Ships’ Biscuits? A Reappraisal

By Anthony Brown

The Nore mutiny of March-May 1797 has been attributed to many factors including a large influx of quota men, infiltration by the United Irish, and the influence of radical societies. Based on close analysis of ships muster books to determine the movement and affiliations of the seamen involved, this essay argues that none of the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | French Revolution
Subjects include: Navies

Note: The Lugger Brilliant. An Anglo-French sea-link between Polpero and Bayonne at the end of the 18th-century.

By Jean Rouffet

An image of a vessel on a French plate sparked an investigation into her name and ownership which went back to the privateer operating out of Polperro in the late 18th century. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Art & Music | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: The Lugger Brilliant An Anglo-French sea-link between Polperro and Bayonne at the end of the eighteenth century

By Jean Rouffet

Investigation of an illustration on a plate dating from 1800 led to the discovery that the vessel Brilliant was captured from the Cornish cree who had been granted privateer status, and resumed a succesful career as part of the French navy. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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