Archive Results For: Seven Years’ War

The Profits of Privateering: a Guernsey Fleet, 1756-1762

By Peter Raban

Little has been written about the mundane and dangerous tasks carried out by privateers, particularly those of the Channel Islands. Evidence of the Dobree-Carey Partnership and Accounts has recently come to light. The accounts show that Dobree and the Careys made only a pittance from their privateers. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Seven Years’ War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Havana Surprised: Prelude to the British Invasion, 1762

By David F Marley

Marley’s article explores why Havana, Spain’s most important stronghold in Spanish America, was surprised by the arrival of the large British invasion force fully six months after war had been declared. Factors examined in detail include the capture and subsequent recapture of the Spanish message-bearing vessel en- route, Cuban Spanish message interpretation as signifying a […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Seven Years’ War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Blockade of Brest in the French Revolutionary War

By Richard Saxby

This is the story of how during the eighteenth-century wars a western squadron stationed so as to cover the main French base at Brest became a kingpin of British strategy. A fleet capable of matching anything the French might put to sea placed in what the sailors of the time called the Soundings effectually deterred […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Austrian Succession | English Channel | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | French Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note: The Terriblest Sight that could be imagined, the loss of the Prince George in 1758

By Jeremy Black

An eyewirness account of the loss through fire of the flagship Prince George in 1758. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Seven Years’ War
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Note: A ‘Prussian’ Privateer in 1759

By Canon Peter Raban

The identity of the Prussian owned privateer operating out of Guernsey has been revealed in documents in the Jersey archives, and implicate the Dobrée family, well known for operating on both sides of the judicial line. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Seven Years’ War
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Visitation of the Royal Dockyards, 1749

By Richard Middleton

The article covers the disagreements between the Admiralty Board and the Navy Board 1749-1755, when the need to reduce the national debt required economies in all Government Departments. It covers the actions taken by the Admiralty, their recommendations and instructions to the Navy Board and the Navy Board’s reactions and reluctance to change. It discusses […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

British Naval Strategy 1755 – 1762: the Western Squadron

By Richard Middleton

Interpretations of naval success between 1755 and 1762, are questioned, particularly the notion that William Pitt was responsible for the reversal of British naval fortunes. A detailed narrative of the Western Squadron’s activities in the English Channel is included. British naval success can be attributed to the pragmatic innovations implemented by First Lord Anson and […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Seven Years’ War | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Logistics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note: Fresh Fruit and Cricket, on Blockade in 1762

By Jeremy Black

A letter written while on blockade off the Basque Roads in 1762 reveals an unusual relationship between the British and the French. Read More

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

Graving Docks in France and Spain before 1800

By José P. Merino

Innovative techniques were adopted for the construction of dry docks at Rochefort in the 1680s and Brest in the 1750s.  In response to disquiet over the maintenance of the fleet, caisson construction was adopted for the first time at Toulon in the 1770s.  In the same decade, problems at Cartagena were resolved by developing English […] Read More

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

The Mutiny in the John and Thomas

By N.A.M. Rodger

This article gives a background to press gangs operating in the mid 18th century navy. The events of the John and Thomas mutiny are recounted in the reports of Captain George Johnstone, sent to convoy and subsequently recover the press tender John and Thomas. Following these events Lieutenant Robert Sax commander of the John and […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Seven Years’ War | Mutiny & Discipline | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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