Archive Results For: Crimean War

Book Review-‘The Pre-Dreadnought Revolution: Developing the bulwarks of sea power’ by W. Berry

By Robert J.C. Mowat

In the Victorian period, the Royal Navy faced a fundamental problem in its most serious form; that of reconciling the ‘out of area’ roles of colonial and trade protection, including survey work and the suppression of slavery, with the defence of ‘home waters’, most notably against the révanchist France of Napoleon III (1851–70). The additional […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | WW1 | Opium Wars | Crimean War
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

Some Adventures of a Seafaring Accountant: William Crickmay and the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, 1853–1858

By Ernest W. Toy

William Crickmay was the purser of five Royal Mail Steam Packet Company ships from 1854 to 1858. These ships provided mail services from Southampton to St Thomas and Rio de Janeiro, and thence to local ports of call. His third ship, the Orinoco, chartered for war service, voyaged to and from Portsmouth to the Crimean war […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Crimean War | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Note: The Crimean War in Japan

By Colin Jones

A ‘small incident’ of the Crimean War took place in the Pacific Ocean when a  Russian frigate was wrecked off Shimoda. Read More

Filed under: Crimean War | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Medical Staffing of the Royal Navy in the Russian War, 1854-6

By Chris Penn

The outbreak of war in 1854 posed numerous manpower problems for the Royal Navy: one of these was in the medical branch, where the Director General Sir William Burnett, thought there was a shortage of assistant surgeons. This paper tests the evidence as regards medical officers, to see if they really were in short supply, […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Crimean War | Mediterranean | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies

The Royal Navy and the Developments of Mobile Logistics 1851–94

By David Evans

The first attempt by the Royal Navy at providing a mobile workshop facility was in 1851 when the schooner HMS Spider was equipped with basic tools for making and repairing articles for the Devonport Steam Reserve. In early 1854, with the imminent outbreak of hostilities with Russia likely, the wooden sail assisted paddle steamer HMS […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | English Channel | Opium Wars | Crimean War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The First Steam Battleships

By D.K. Brown

During the 1840s, enmity & frequent crisis between Britain and France usually from colonial conflicts, resulted in a race to build steam-powered battleships.  British fear of invasion led, in 1845, to the Admiralty’s decision to refit four “elderly” ships of the line (Blenheim, Ajax, Hogue & Edinburgh) with propeller-driven, steam engines. Ajax, the world’s first […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Crimean War
Subjects include: Navies | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

The Rise and Fall of the Monitor 1862-1973

By Richard H. Thompson

The monitor displayed a process of evolution from Ericsson’s original concept through the big British monitors of the World Wars to the Zippos of Vietnam. Because it was capable of development, the monitor was important in the evolution of the battleship and other surface combat types. The monitor meantime, continues to have an independent existence […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | WW1 | English Channel | North Sea | Crimean War | WW2 | Post WW2 | American Civil War | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

The Crimean Gunboats Part II

By G A Osbon

Details are given of the dates, builders, service and fates of the Crimean era gunboats of the following classes: Gleaner Class (6 vessels); Dapper Class (20 plus 98 vessels); Cheerful Class (20 vessels) and the Clown Class (12 vessels). Individual vessels saw service in the Baltic, the Black Sea and the China Station as well […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Crimean War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Crimean Gunboats Part I

By G.A. Osbon

The term gunboat appeared in about 1793, but the Victorian gunboat proper originated from those built for the Crimean War, to meet the challenge of the steam engine and explosive shell.  The Gleaner, Dapper, Cheerful and Clown Classes evolved, designed by W.H. Walker. The dimensions, design, construction and fittings of the hulls are described, and […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Crimean War
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

First of the Ironclads: The Armoured Batteries of the 1850’s

By G. A. Osbon

Although HMS Warrior is thought to be the first ironclad warship, in fact armoured batteries were developed in time for the Crimean War, but they never saw service. This article details the British design, birth and demise of five armoured batteries, with wooden hulls: Aetna, Glatton, Meteor, Thunder and Trusty, and four iron-hull armoured batteries […] Read More

Filed under: Crimean War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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