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Documents: Disinfecting Ships in 1758

By courtesy of Miss D. M. Walker

The letter, dated 16 November 1758, instructs Vice Admiral Henry Harrison, Commander in Chief at Plymouth, as to the appropriate actions he was to take to ensure any infectious diseases carried aboard vessels returning from overseas voyages were to be eliminated. These actions included emptying the ship, including the ballast, and thoroughly cleaning the interior. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Seven Years’ War | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

The First and Second Anglo-French Conflicts in the Indian Ocean

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

The war of the Spanish succession saw the French naval power dramatically reduced. With the cessation of the hostilities in 1713, Paris slowly tried to regain a position from which to control the eastern trade. In 1735, the French claimed the island of Mauritius, 2500 miles off Bombay, and appointed Bertrand de la Burdonnaise as […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Le Formidable

By Geoffrey Callender

Le Formidable, an 80-gun ship, took massive punishment before surrendering at Quiberon Bay in 1759. Following a failed attempt by Admiral Hawke at a prisoner exchange, the French seamen were held at the Kings House in Winchester. The author describes the origins of this building and the building of a detailed model of Le Formidable […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Ship Models & Figureheads

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