Archive Results For: Seven Years’ War

Book Review – ‘British Naval Captains of the Seven Years’ War: The view from the quarterdeck’ by A. B. McLeod

By Richard Harding

For any aspirant officer entering the Royal Navy in the mid-eighteenth century command of his own ship provided a vision of a future wealth, or at the very least the promise of an honourable and secure retirement. The key to this was to achieve post rank – the command of a Sixth Rate 20-gun ship […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration

Note: Admiral Byng: Justice thwarted

By Peter Cowell

Admiral John Byng wrote on 25 May 1756 (five days after the inconclusive engagement or defeat on 20 May 1756) a despatch on the ship Ramillies, off Minorca, and sent it to ‘the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty’ in London. On 26 June 1756 ministers omitted crucial parts of it when the London Gazette printed what appeared to […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

‘It was not his first Intention to swell the Work with so many Notes’: Annotation in William Falconer’s The Shipwreck and the birth of the Universal Dictionary of the Marine

By William Jones

William Falconer is well known for his influential Universal Dictionary of the Marine. Less well known is that the Dictionary owed its origins to Falconer’s other claim to fame as a poet. The Shipwreck (1762) is a narrative of his personal experience of a voyage, notable for its density of nautical terminology, and extensive annotation, explaining the seafaring terminology […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Eighteenth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

The Influence of the Theories of John Clerk of Eldin on British Fleet Tactics, 1782–1805

By Jim Tildesley

This article is a fundamental re-examination of the published work of John Clerk of Eldin and the influence it had on fleet commanders of the Royal Navy from 1782. While previous assessments have alluded to the potential for some influence, the general conclusion has been that any influence was limited; although some have dismissed it […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | French Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Sustaining British Naval Power Through New England Masts During the Seven Years War

By Yuichi Hiono

This study focuses on the Royal Navy’s use of American naval stores, especially New England masts, during the Seven Years War. It highlights the significance of the eastward naval logistics of American naval stores across the Atlantic, based on records revealing the navy’s constant effort to sustain these logistics in the British Atlantic world. Drawing […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Seven Years’ War
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies

Note: John Cleveley the Elder’s ‘The Floating Out of the Cambridge’: Problems and patrons

By A.B. McLeod and A.M.G. McLeod

The Floating Out of the Cambridge 1755 is a pre-eminent example of the artist John Cleveley’s style. Th authors have examined this work in detail and have investigated the identity of the patron who commissioned the work. Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Art & Music | Biography

Nelson’s Uncle: Captain Maurice Suckling R.N.

By David Syrett

Captain Maurice Sucking entered the Royal Navy at the age of 13 as an able seaman. During his career he climbed the ranks to command 60 and 70-gun ships. His career took him through an eventful time in European history, including the War of Jenkins Ear and the Seven Year War, but despite this he […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Austrian Succession | English Channel | Seven Years’ War | North Sea | American Revolution | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Biography

Documents: The Taking of Geeriah Fort and Town 1756 Amphibious Operations in Indian Waters

By courtesy of Jeremy Franks

This is a transcript of a manuscript in the Indian papers of Christopher Henrik Braad (1728-81). McGonen (or McGovern or McGowan), its signatory, was an observer on board HMS Kent and on shore with troops. Well informed on points of military detail, he seems to be a soldier. In the account of the attack on […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Lurcher Cutter in the Seven Years’ War, 1761-1763

By Carol D. Greene

His Majesty’s Cutter Lurcher entered service in February 1761 through purchase of a captured French vessel. She served in the Dover Strait and the North Sea on convoy and patrol duties until March 1762. She was then dispatched to the West Indies. Lurcher compressed into slightly less than two years’ service all the patrol, convoy, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Seven Years’ War | North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Logistics | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons | Whaling & Fishing

A Fearful Gift, the Spanish Naval Build-Up in the West Indies 1759-1762

By David F. Marley

Following the insanity and death of Ferdinand VI, his successor, Charles III engaged in complex diplomatic activity leading to an alliance with France initiated by the duc de Choiseul and precipitated by the threat of a British expedition against France’s West Indian colonies. Despite a programme of shipbuilding and the transfer of substantial naval forces […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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