Archive Results For: Spanish Succession

The Capture of Minorca 1708

By H T Dickinson

In the early Eighteenth Century Britain needed a strong, year round naval base in the Mediterranean to protect trade routes and to support the blockades of French and Spanish ports. The War of Spanish Succession provided an opportunity to take and use Port Mahon in Minorca as such a base. Details are given of the […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Some Notes on Warship Building by Contract in the Eighteenth Century

By Bernard Pool

When the war of Spanish Succession began in 1701 the Royal Navy was well supplied with ships in reserve built after the last peace with France in 1697. At the start of the war of Austrian Succession in 1739 there had been no new construction and the existing fleet was decaying. Thus began a period […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Austrian Succession | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

Shipbuilding in Ipswich 1700-1750

By A.G.E. Jones

Ipswich was a town which experienced great changes in the fortunes of shipbuilding between circa 1700 and 1750. The town was dependent on the Newcastle coal trade and the patronage of the Navy Board. After a busy period up to 1673, decay set in quickly. In 1710 the fortunes of Ipswich improved when a recovery […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Austrian Succession | North Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Document: Memoires d’un Protestant

By Jean Martulle de Bergerac

A French galley slave’s description of an engagement in the Thames estuary between a fleet of French galleys under the command of Captain M. de Langeron of the French Navy and a British convoy under the protection of HMS Nightingale (frigate 36 guns) on 5 September 1708. De Bergerac was a galley slave in the […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies

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

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