Archive Results For: French Revolution

The Portrait Miniature of Captain Fairfax by John Smart

By Michel Duffy

A miniature painted by John Smart of Captain William George Fairfax (1742-1811) who fought in the Battle of Camperdown was presented to the National Maritime Museum. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | French Revolution
Subjects include: Art & Music | Biography

Sir John’s Victory: The Battle of Cape St Vincent Reconsidered

By M.A.J. Palmer

This considers Jervis’ despatches, then reconciles them to other ships’ logs and written accounts. The log lists times and meanings of signals, course, speed and wind direction. Many accounts have ignored limitations of the signal book and effect of the wind backing. Discusses Jervis’ success in keeping Spanish fleet divided; difficulties of communication without repeating […] Read More

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

The Influence of the Weather during the Camperdown Campaign of 1797

By Dennis A. Wheeler

Considers effects of weather on Duncan’s blockading fleet and on Dutch ability to get to sea, January to October 1797. Uses shore based weather reports and ships’ logs. Discusses problems of maintaining a fleet off the Texel; effects on ships and men of prolonged service in a hostile sea area; effects of the mutinies; use […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | French Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

The Blockade of Brest and the Victualling of the Western Squadron, 1793-1805

By Michael Steer

The importance of keeping the Western Squadron fed and watered is discussed, with the different ways of supplying ships described. Returning part of the squadron to port was preferable to supplying at sea, although the latter method was also used. The article describes the different ports used and how supplies were ordered and stored. It […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea

The Napoleonic War Coast Signal Stations

By Frank Kitchen

Essentially a detailed description of the cost and location of the signal stations along the British coast established from 1794. There are useful description of how basic the stations were, how they were manned and how they operated. The article describes how most eventually fell into disuse, with some being converted into dwellings or converted […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | North Sea | French Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Miscellaneous

The Formative Years: Malta Dockyard, 1800-1815

By Philip MacDougall

When Malta was captured in 1800, the Royal Navy inherited an established dockyard and large natural harbour. The dockyard was rapidly utilised but the peace of 1802 cast a shadow, with the Government having agreed to return the island to the Order of St. John. Delaying tactics ensured the Navy retained its dockyard when hostilities […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies

Note: Consul Mitchell and the Argo Affair

By A.H. Reed

A detailed account of the involvement of an influential Consul in the case of a ship captured off the Dutch coast in 1796. Read More

Filed under: North Sea | French Revolution
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: Danish Neutrality and the Royal Navy, 1795-1797

By A.H. Reed

The policy of ‘security and prosperity’ which had dictated Danish neutrality resulted in a great number of belligerant cargoes being carried in belligerant ships under Danish flags. The sales of prizes also affected British owners. The Royal Navy attempted to challenge the poorly maintained Danish neutrality, with little success. Read More

Filed under: Baltic | French Revolution
Subjects include: Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: The Case of the Courier, 1794-98

By H.J.K. Jenkins

Prize law and the question of neutrality are central to this, involving the collusion between Swedish and French interests in the area off Guadeloupe in the West Indies. Read More

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

Mark Beaufoy’s Nautical and Hydraulic Experiments

By Thomas Wright

This paper discusses the impact of Mark Beaufoy (1764 – 1827), a Fellow of the Royal Society, on ship design in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Thomas Wright situates Beaufoy’s experiments into ship ‘performance’ within the prevailing intellectual context of the day, especially in relation to Isaac Newton’s theories on fluid mechanics, and, […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

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