Archive Results For: Other (Eighteenth C)

Review: ‘Chasing the Bounty: The voyages of the ‘Pandora’ and ‘Matavy’ ‘ by D. A. Maxton (ed.)

By Callum Easton

In this lively and engaging book, Donald A. Maxton draws welcome attention to the oft-forgotten postscript to the infamous Bounty mutiny and clearly conveys that, in terms of drama, peril, and human endurance, the ordeal of the men of the Pandora and Matavy rivals anything faced by Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian, or their shipmates. The […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Biography

Review: ‘ Military Power and the Dutch Republic: War, trade, and the balance of power in Europe, 1648–1813 Military History of the Netherlands, vol. 2,’ by M. van Alphen, A. Lemmers, J. Hoffenaar and C. van der Spek. Leiden

By Andrew Lambert

This important book follows the first volume of the series, The Eighty Years War: From revolt to regular war, 1568–1648 of 2019, reviewed here in 2021. Written at the Netherlands Institute for Military History, it has been expertly translated by Paul Arblaster and Lee Preedy. The editorial board’s decision to shift the focus of the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

In Search of ‘Privileged Traders and Sly Foxes’: The Danish navy’s operations in the North Atlantic in the eighteenth century

By Søren Nørby & Jakob Seerup

In November 1740 a letter arrived in Copenhagen from the Danish naval cadet Hans Hendrik Eller who was clearly frustrated about being held by the Dutch authorities in an Amsterdam prison. Eller gave a thorough account of how he and his crew had suffered a grave injustice and were now unlawfully imprisoned. He ended his […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review: ‘John Lenthall: The life of a naval constructor’ by S. C. Kinnaman

By Andrew Lambert

This generously scaled and thoroughly researched text by a fellow naval architect examines the life and career of John Lenthall 1807–82, a naval architect, chief constructor and latterly director of the United States Navy’s Bureau of Construction and Repair. Born in Washington DC to English immigrant parents, Lenthall’s architect father was killed a year later, […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Shipbuilding & Design

Document: Mission of the Vanneau to the English Coast, 12–18 August 1787

By Steve Fraser

A lively account of a short reconnaissance mission in the Channel by the captain of the French vessel Vanneau, held in the Archives Nationales, is interesting for the glimpse it gives of naval relations in the period immediately prior to the Dutch crisis of September 1787.Footnote1 Since the peace of 1783, British officers had been […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Lord Love the Irish and Damnation to the English: The naval mutinies of 1798

By Philip MacDougall

Concentrating on a series of mutinies that were planned during the summer of 1798 to take a number of British warships of the Channel Fleet into the enemy port of Brest, this article is a micro study of one of those ships, the 74-gun Defiance in the three-week period, 7–28 July 1798, during which the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Strategy & Diplomacy

Revisiting the Brigantine Problem: The origins and development of eighteenth-century two-masted square-rigged ship types

By Nick Burningham & Phillip Reid

Two-masted rigs with fore- and mainmasts were used only on small and fast vessels in the seventeenth century, usually naval, privateering, or pirate vessels. Yet, by about 1750, such rigs were widely used on merchant vessels of small and middling tonnage. This article investigates whether, and if so, to what extent, technological innovation made this […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review: ‘Reilen en zeilen van de admiraliteit van Rotterdam in de jaren 1630–1640’ by J. R. Bruijn

By N. A. M. Rodger

It is now more than 50 years ago that the young Leiden scholar Jaap Bruijn published his doctoral thesis on the Admiralty of Amsterdam ‘in the peaceful years’ (De Admiraliteit van Amsterdam in rustige jaren, 1713–1751). At a time when naval history was usually written by retired naval officers recounting their professional triumphs, Bruijn chose […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

German Contributions to Solving the Longitude Problem in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

By Wolfgang Köberer

The attempts to find a solution to the longitude problem have been in the forefront of the discussion about the history of navigation in recent decades. However, pamphlets or serious works dealing with the problem of longitude in the German language, by German authors and/ or published in the German territories have been previously overlooked. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-century British marine painting’ by E. Hughes (ed.),

By Michael Leek

This is undoubtedly a beautifully designed and produced book. The quality of production compliments the subject. The publisher deserves credit for the investment, which is very much on a par with some of the best art history books published on more ‘popular’ subjects. Furthermore, the range and diversity of selected images from the eighteenth century […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music

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