Archive Results For: Spanish Succession

Josiah Burchett, Secretary to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, 1695-1742

By G.F. James

Having explained why Pepys’s successors remain obscure until the advent of Burchett, the author sets out the known facts of Burchett’s life and duties during his forty –seven years in office.  He reviews the clues which may ultimately reveal Burchett’s birthplace and parentage.  He then outlines Burchett’s career, quoting extensively from contemporary documents. There follows […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Austrian Succession | Nine Years' War
Subjects include: Administration | Biography

Second-Hand Men-of-War in 1712-14

By R. C. Anderson

Buying ‘used’ warships in the early 18th-century was common practice, especially for lesser maritime powers who needed ready-built units quickly. The new navy of Peter the Great was in a bitter, life-or-death struggle against Sweden, and the close of the War of Spanish Succession was a welcome opportunity for Russia to purchase unwanted men-of-war of […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Baltic
Subjects include: Navies

Documents: The Lord High Admiral’s Council

By courtesy of D. B. Smith

In May 1702 Prince George of Denmark was appointed Lord High Admiral of England and the two letters reproduced here appoint the members of the Lord High Admiral’s Council. To assist him Sir George Rooke, Sir David Mitchell, George Churchill and Richard Hill joined the Council and in 1705 John Fawler became the Deputy Secretary […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Dutch Three-Deckers

By R. C. Anderson

A brief account of the construction and employment of the large series of fifteen or so 90-gun three-deckers built in Holland between I682 and 1996 is followed by a detailed consideration of the possible identity of two ship models of the class; one acquired privately by the author and the other, a half-model, in the […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | North Sea | Nine Years' War
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Dampier’s Voyage of 1703

By B M H Rogers

William Dampier’s second circumnavigation of the globe (1703-07) was undertaken as a privateer during the War of the Spanish Succession. This article reviews an unpublished manuscript account of the voyage which adds to the contemporary chronicle produced by Dampier’s disgruntled mate William Funnell. Although Funnell’s account has been challenged, the manuscript confirms many of his […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

Document: The Raising of the Chain-Wales

By courtesy of R. C. Anderson

The two documents of 1702 and 1706 give the exact date of one of the most notable ship-construction changes of the early Eighteenth Century, the raising of the chain-wales to a position above the middle-deck ports, rather than below them. Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Document: Regulations about Salutes 1702

By courtesy of W. J. Perrin

This Admiralty order was issued during the War of the Spanish Succession to conserve gun powder, which the authorities considered was being wasted by the over-zealous use of ship to ship salutes. The eleven ‘articles’ clearly laid down when salutes were appropriate and the maximum number of guns to be discharged. Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Weapons

Document: Official Adoption of the Jib by the RN

By courtesy of Alan Moore

The jib was coming into use at the beginning of the eighteenth century and the order contained in the featured document, which can be found on page 258 of a book of letters from the Navy Board to Portsmouth Dockyard officers, fixes the date at which the jib was officially adopted for his Majesty’s ships. Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Document: The Ornamentation of Men-of-War 1703

By courtesy of W. G. Perrin

In response to an earlier query and subsequent answer concerning the introduction of the lion figurehead, Perrin provides the full text of an official letter of 1703 containing the instructions for the simplification of carvings carried by his Majesty’s ships. The letter also contains information on cabins and other shipboard equipment. Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Robert Park of Ipswich

By W B Whall

Whall provides additional material relating to the Robert Park article (An Old Fighting Merchant Seaman) which appeared in MM Volume 1, Issue 10. Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines

Note: British Admirals’ Flags

By Sir R. Massie Blomfield

Blomfield provides details of the order issued on 20 March 1702 by Lord Pembroke to the Navy Board distinguishing for the first time the flags of Vice- and Rear-Admirals of each squadron. Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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