Archive Results For: Other (Eighteenth C)

Book review:-‘Sons of the Waves: The common sailor in the heroic age of sail, 1740–1840’ by S. Taylo

By Michael Leek

The publisher’s blurb on the inside flap of the dust jacket of this book states, Naval history in the age of sail is full of the deeds of masters and commanders – officers like Horatio Nelson and Thomas Cochrane – but has given little voice to plain ‘illiterate’ seamen. Now, for the first time, celebrated […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book review:-‘Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia’ by D. Graeber,

By Jean-Marc Hill

At its most fundamental, Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia is a work that raises more questions than it answers, but in doing so, provocatively broadens academic debate on the Enlightenment. As the late David Graeber claims in the preface, Pirate Enlightenment is far from definitive, but it is a thought-provoking and ambitious contribution to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Miscellaneous | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book review:-‘The ‘Wager’: A tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder’ by D. Grann, Simon & Schuster

By Callum Easton

In his latest book David Grann reminds us, in compelling and emotive style, of the many reasons why humanity’s relationship with the sea continues to fascinate. The spaces are vast, the unforgiving forces of nature are on full display, and our human frailties drive events. With each successive chapter, the sea appears more unforgiving, the […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book review:-‘Anson: Royal Navy commander and statesman, 1697–1762’ by A. Bruce

By Andrew Lambert

George Anson, though best known for his circumnavigation in the early 1740s, earned a peerage after winning a major battle, imbuing the Royal Navy with a highly aggressive operation culture. Anson went on to overhaul the ships and men of the fleet and directed the grand strategy of a global conflict. He was unusual in […] Read More

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

Newfoundland Cod and English Piracy in the Early Seventeenth Century

By Graham Moore

Newfoundland’s cod fisheries were a vital resource in the development and sustenance of Europe’s early modern maritime economies. As the fisheries preyed on cod, they in turn were preyed upon by a new threat in the form of pirates. The pattern of piracy in Newfoundland in the first decades of the seventeenth century provides an […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Whaling & Fishing

Sacred to Cook’s Immortal Name … : The original context and meaning of an ‘engraved portrait’ of Captain Cook

By Jeremy Coote

There are hundreds of impressions of engravings relating to the person, life and voyages of Captain Cook in collections around the world. Many, however, are disassociated from the original contexts of their publication and are thus of limited historical use. Beginning with a single, radically trimmed impression in the Ashmolean Museum, a detailed account is […] Read More

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

A Deptford Ship for the House of Savoy? Uncovering the origin of the National Maritime Museum’s Ship Model SLR0436

By Jaime Pérez-Martínez & Rodrigo Pérez Fernández

Model-making has been part of the history of the world as a scaled-down, and often simplified, version of an object. This form of representation has had different functions including validation, creative solution, communication and decoration among others. Models depicting ships are known at an early date from ancient Egypt, although some of those boats had […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review:- ‘The Bounty and Beyond: A textual and bibliographical investigation of William Bligh’s journals of the first breadfruit expedition’ by J. A. Fish

By Callum Easton

John A. Fish has completed a painstaking work of scholarship that overcomes a distance of over 10,000 miles. This is because since 1902 two of the most significant primary sources for our understanding of the Bounty voyage have been half a world apart, with Captain William Bligh’s Official Journal held in The National Archives in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Zeeland Privateering Captains During the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, 1780–1784

By johan Francke

Abstract During the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780–4) the fleet of the Dutch Republic was no match for the numerically far greater British navy. Her merchant ships were taken and the navy was forced to protect the home waters and stay in their own ports. In their own numbers as well as those of their captured […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Document:-Documents Relating to the Official Dutch Naval Visit to Cherbourg, 8–10 September 1786

By Steve Fraser

This group of letters offers an insight into the value of the Franco-Dutch treaty of cooperation; although only half-finished, the new roadstead at Cherbourg was viewed as the basis of a new combined force able to challenge British hegemony in Channel waters. Read More

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

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