Archive Results For: French Revolution

Nelson and the Perfect Muster Book

By Roger Knight

Nelson in 1790-91 was out of favour with the Admiralty, which is usually attributed to his support for Prince William Henry in the Prince’s dispute with Lieutenant Schomberg.  But Nelson had also been censured for supporting the Prince when in 1786 he failed to deliver a complete muster book at Antigua.   This perhaps was seen […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration

Nelson and the Eastern Mediterranean 1803-5

By Jane Knight

In 1803 control of the Adriatic was disputed; French troops occupied Italy; their privateers threatened commerce with the Levant; and Nelson was under orders to maintain good relations with Russia and Turkey.  With overland communications blocked, and the Government anxious for intelligence, Nelson’s effective and cordial communications with the British ambassador in Constantinople and consuls […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration

The Naval Signal Posts on the Coast of Southern England 1794-1815

By John E. Goodwin

The establishment a of a chain of signal posts along the channel coast of Southern England had been proposed as early as 1785 by a committee chaired by the Duke of Richmond but would not be implemented until 1794, mandated by the outbreak of hostilities with Revolutionary France. The line of signal posts from 6 […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

Note: Vice-Admiral Sir John Gore KCB, 1772-1836 Frigate Action of 5 October 1804

By Montagu Curzon

The events of the action which captured the Spanish treasure and precipitated the combination of Spanish and French forces a year before Trafalgar. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | French Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Diet, Dirt and Discipline: Medical Developments in Nelson’s Navy: Dr John Snipe’s Contribution

By Jane Bowden-Dan

The notorious fighting superiority of Nelson’s ships owed much to the health and discipline of the men. In the second half of the eighteenth century, the medical officers in the British Navy proposed, and obtained, several improvements in general diet, anti-scorbutics, and hygiene. These efforts are recounted mainly on the basis of the reports and […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Mediterranean | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Note: The Quasi-War and American Fears of a French Invasion in 1798

By H.J.K. Jenkins

The tensions between revolutionary France and the newly independent American stae are outlined, and the possibility of an invasion explored. Read More

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

Note: On Board HMS Alexander (1796-9)

By Admiral Rémi Monaque

A previously un-studied log from HMS Alexander for the years 1796-9 reveals the extent to which the smallest details of health, supplies and discipline were of concern to the Commanders on the Mediterranean station. Of even more interest is the revelarion that Nelson was practising for years the tactics he used later at Trafalgar. Read More

Filed under: French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Document: Nelson Bust

By courtesy of P. K. Crimmin

A marble bust was made of Nelson by Franz Thaller and Matthias Ranson in Vienna in August 1800, when the admiral was on his way home from Naples. The reproduced letter from the sculptors, in the Croker Collection at the National Maritime Museum, is part of the Nelson collection of manuscripts held there and is […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Navies

Nelson and the Nile: the Creation of Admiral Nelson’s Public Image

By Marianne Czisnik

Nelson’s capture of two superior Spanish ships during the battle of St Vincent initially received little public attention due to its omission from the official report. A month later, newspapers published Nelson’s own account, raising not only public awareness of Nelson but also their desire for memorabilia, usually bearing only a vague passing resemblance to […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | North Sea | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography

The Duration of Frigate Command during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

By Tom Wareham

This study of the pattern of employment of post captains in the Royal Navy is based on the Admiralty List Books, with a note of the caveats needed. Attention is drawn to the timing of an initial posting. It is clear that some captains deliberately returned to frigates rather than continue in a ship of […] Read More

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

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