Archive Results For: Spanish Succession

Peter the Great’s Combat Admiral: George Paddon, Captain, R.N.

By Richard H. Warner

Captain George Paddon RN (1690-1719) served as Rear Admiral in the Russian Navy from 1717 to 1719. This paper challenges the perception of Paddon as a disgraced Royal Navy officer and instead presents him as a distinguished fighting captain, especially chosen by Tsar Peter ‘The Great’ to revitalise the Russian Navy and appointed with the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | Baltic | English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Alexander Selkirk and the Last Voyage of the Cinque Ports Galley

By C. D. Lee

In 1712 Alexander Selkirk acted as a witness in a case taken by investors against William Dampier, Commodore of the voyage during which he was marooned. The article explores the background to his depositions and queries the impartiality of his evidence. It is argued that Selkirk was not, as has generally been accepted, the master […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Mutiny & Discipline | Pacific
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Duguay Trouin: the Financial Background

By J.S. Bromley

This comprehensive analysis describes the investment and support systems that underpinned France’s extensive privateering activities during the Nine Years War (1688-97) and War of Spanish Succession (1702-13). The complex relationship between the King, his navy and leading private investors is explored in detail, with especial attention given to outlay costs, risk against reward, and the […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Atlantic | English Channel | Nine Years' War | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

English Privateering in the War of the Spanish Succession 1702-1713

By W. R. Meyer

This article is a very comprehensive description of the workings of privateering in the period reviewed. There are detailed tables in it, enumerating the total of Letters of Marque issued, the number of prizes condemned, and the geographical origins of the vessels which captured them. A clear distinction is made between the smaller Channel Island […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | English Channel | Irish Sea | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Rebuilding of British Warships 1690 – 1740 Part II

By Brian Lavery

The early eighteenth century saw a shift in British policy from the commissioning of new Navy vessels, to rebuilding the existing fleet. While suiting a conservative national mood, the policy presented practical difficulties by requiring the reshaping of older materials to meet modern design. Polite fictions also arose, such as the breaking up of older […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Atlantic | English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The Rebuilding of British Warships 1690 – 1740 Part I

By Brian Lavery

  This article explores the changing practice of warship rebuilding between 1690 and 1740; focusing on the role of the Navy Board, Admiralty and dockyards in these developments. Different interpretations of the term rebuilding are covered, along with Drummer and Lee’s 1691 definition. Rebuilding was used to modernizing the shape and size of ships. Prior […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

Improbable Legends Surrounding the Shipwreck of Sir Clowdisley Shovel

By J. G. Pickwell

This research note clearly demonstrates the unfounded basis for at least three colourful tales about the wreck of Sir Clowdisley Shovell’s fleet on the Isles of Scilly in 1707. The article discuses three legends: Firstly, that a council of sailing-masters was held concerning the fleet’s position in the afternoon prior to the disaster; secondly, that […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Sir John Jennings and the Preparations for the Naval Expedition to the Mediterranean of 1711-1713

By J. S. Kepler

The problems, tribulations and sheer luck of Admiral Sir John Jennings during his efforts to man his fleet, provide protection for his convoy, and conduct his duties as sent forth by the Admiralty to take command of the Mediterranean with little or no support from his own administration. England was fortunate that he was such […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | English Channel | Mediterranean | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The British Attacks on the Caracas Coast, 1743

By J.C.M. Ogelsby

An account of the 1743 British attack on the Caracas Coast based on English and Spanish sources. This expedition was part of a British campaign to gain control of the Caribbean Sea by capturing several Spanish ports, Cartagena and Guantanamo Bay (1741) and Panama (1742) all of which failed. In a third attempt, Captain Charles […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Impressment of Seamen During the War of the Spanish Succession

By G. Hinchliffe

The paper is based on the correspondence kept by Tancred Robinson while a captain in the Royal Navy during the War of the Spanish Succession. It focuses on letters received from the Admiralty concerning men on ships he commanded who had been impressed, in some cases requiring their release and in others confirming their impressment. […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | English Channel | North Sea | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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