Archive Results For: War of 1812

Book Review-‘In Nelson’s Wake: The navy and the Napoleonic Wars’ by J. Davey

By Isaac Land

This well-written volume offers a comprehensive narrative history of the years following Trafalgar, arguing that naval blockade ‘a tedious and challenging task that required enormous patience and determination’ (p. 68) was the key to victory. To sustain a blockade on this scale required bureaucratic brilliance and logistical innovations enabling ships ‘to remain on blockade for […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France, 1793–1815’ ed. by H. Watt with A. Hawkins

By Caitlin M. Gale

Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France, 1793–1815 is an edited compilation of 255 letters to and from seamen below the rank of commissioned officer in the British navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. They provide eyewitness accounts of the naval mutinies in 1797, the battle of Trafalgar (1805), and the incident […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Order and Disorder in the British Navy, 1793–1815: Control, resistance, flogging and hanging’ by T. Malcomson

By Richard Wilson

Despite the title, this book concentrates almost entirely on the War of 1812 as it took place on the American Atlantic seaboard, the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean. The 1797 mutinies at Spithead and the Nore spurred the Admiralty into enforcement of centralized and bureaucratic controls over the commanders of naval fleets and stations, some […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Prisoners of War at Dartmoor: American and French soldiers and sailors in an English prison during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812’ by T. James

By Janet Macdonald

Although not written with naval historians in mind, this book on the early days and inmates of Dartmoor Prison holds much of interest for them, relating both to the Napoleonic War and the War of 1812. The author was born near the prison and spent the last ten years of his working life there, producing […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration

Book Review-‘Knickerbocker Commodore: The life and times of John Drake Sloat, 1781–1867’ by B. A. Castleman

By Benjamin Arnstrong USN

Biographies of American naval officers in the age of sail have tended to focus on the captains and heroes of the US Navy’s early conflicts. The multiple volumes on Stephen Decatur and his actions in the Barbary campaign through the War of 1812, and his final demise in a duel with a fellow captain, are […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812’ by T. Voelcker (ed.)

By John R.Grodzinski

In early 1815 the Admiralty reported to the House of Commons that during the recent Anglo-American war the US Navy had captured 16 of its warships and armed vessels, with a total of 266 guns and 2,015 men and boys from a fleet that averaged 644 commissioned ships, and 140,000 seamen and marines. The list […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Weapons

Book Review-‘Coffins of the Brave: Lake shipwrecks of the War of 1812’ by Kevin J. Crisman (ed.)

By John R.Grodzinski

The Royal Navy and the US Navy devoted considerable resources in creating sizeable freshwater fleets during the Anglo-American War of 1812; so it comes as little surprise that interest in the wrecks of the warships that were lost, scuttled or abandoned on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain is strong with nautical archaeologists. The 14 […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Dummett Freighter: A nineteenth-century log sailing canoe from northeastern Florida

By Thomas Briggs

This article provides a comparative physical and cultural study of a cypress log sailing canoe and the plantation culture of nineteenth-century north-eastern Florida that created it. The author makes the argument that this and other vessels of similar construction represent a typology of log boat construction that was limited to Florida’s north-east during the mid- […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Civil War | Nineteenth Century | Caribbean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

‘Zeal Intelligence and Intrepidity’: Naval irregular warfare and the War of 1812 on the Lakes

By Benjamin Armstrong

The history of the War of 1812 has been dominated by scrutiny of the duelling frigates, squadron actions, and the British blockade of American ports. Yet, during the con ict from 1812 to 1815, sailors and marines were just as likely to be involved in maritime raiding operations and other irregular missions as they were […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Navies

The Richard Affair: Rising Tensions Between the United States and the United Kingdom, 1806

By Leo Hershkowitz

In 1806 an American merchant seaman was killed by a shot from the British warship HMS Leander which was trying to enforce its right to stop and search for contraband goods. This relatively minor incident is little remembered in history but at the time attracted the attention of King George III, his ministers, President Thomas Jefferson, other […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Third Alan Villiers Memorial Lecture 2013: The Naval War of 1812 in International Perspective

By John Hattendorf

The lecture provided an overview of scholarship as it stood as bicentenary celebrations were just beginning in 2012. At that point there remained a notable difference between American, British and Canadian historical interpretations about why this war was fought, what the effects were of military and naval operations, and to what extent such operations affected […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Bermuda Naval Base: Management, Artisans and Enslaved Workers in the 1790s. The 1950s Bermudian Apprentices’ Heritage

By Ann Coats

This article deals with the British Naval base in Bermuda during the 1790s, highlighting the rise in need of slave workers and young apprentices on the naval base after the rise of an independent America and the war of 1812. The emergence of rival navies and trade routes in the North Atlantic led to the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Shipbuilding & Design

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