Archive Results For: Napoleonic 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

Book Review-‘Napoleon’s Admirals: Flag officers of the Arc de Triomphe, 1798-1815’ by R. Humble

By C.I.Hamilton

To many in the UK (though not readers of this journal) the French navy means only a few things, mostly disobliging, and chiefly its defeat at Trafalgar, one that somehow ended the war at sea in Britain’s favour. That bias is what Richard Humble is fighting against: he argues the French navy quickly recovered, remained […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Review of British Flag Officers in the French Wars, 1793–1815: Admirals’ lives’ by J. Morrow Bloomsbury

By Evan Wilson

John Morrow’s study of British admirals during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793–1815) plunges directly into the subject matter. In the introduction, he sketches a social history of the nearly four hundred flag officers who served during the wars and offers some general thoughts on the challenges they faced in their careers. He points […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Navies

Note: The Complements of Four Dutch Ships Taken at the Texel in 1799

By Nicholas Blake

In 1799 an Anglo-Russian expedition under the overall command of Admiral Duncan sailed for Holland to land on the Helder and take possession of the fleet of the Batavian Republic in the Texel in the name of the Prince of Orange, and to provoke or encourage an uprising against the French occupiers. The land part […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic | French Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Pitch, Paint, Varnish and the Changing Colour Schemes of Royal Navy Warships, 1775–1815: A summary of existing knowledge

By Brian Vale

It is a long-standing assumption that the colour scheme of British warships between 1775 and 1815 changed from yellow hulls, through the yellow and black Nelson chequer to the ubiquitous black and white; while the interiors and bulwarks were first painted red, then yellow ochre, then a range of light colours including green. In the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

The Royal Marines Capture, Fortification and Defence of Anholt Island 1807–1812

By Martin L. Robson

During the British gunboat war against Denmark–Norway in the period 1808–13, the Danish island of Anholt posed a navigational hazard to Baltic convoys carrying strategic materials and manufactured goods through the Baltic. It also offered a secure supply of freshwater and an alternative anchorage to Wingo Sound. When the lighthouse marking the island and its […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Note: Echoes of a Distant War

By Colin Jones

An exploration of the naval history of Sydney and New South Wales during the Napoleonic Wars from 1797 to 1814, touching on proposed conscription of convicts to fight in South American possessions, Matthew Flinders’ meeting with Nicolas Baudin, shipbuilding and traffic through Sydney Naval Yard, the operation of press gangs,  privateering and whaling. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration | Whaling & Fishing

The Post Office, The Admiralty and Letters to Sailors in the Napoleonic Wars

By Brian Vale

By 1790 the Post Office ran a service using mail coaches and sailing packets that was fast, safe and reliable. High postal rates, however, restricted its use to merchants and the more affluent, and there were no special arrangements for the armed services. In 1795 this changed. Recognizing the benefits to morale, the authorities introduced […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

Note: A Good Man in Every Sense of the Word: The reputation of Admiral Robert Man

By Barry Jolly

A revision of the reputation of Admiral Robert Man, who obeyed orders and was rewarded for having done so. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Biography

The Tip of the Spear: Captain Henry Hotham and the blockade of Brest and L’Orient

By Martin Robson

The diaries of Captain the Honourable Henry Hotham from 1810 and 1811 reveal the conditions at sea during the blockade he kept of Brest and L’Orient, which required exceptional fortitude and seamanship. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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