Archive Results For: War of 1812

‘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

George Redmond Hulbert: Prize Agent at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1812-14

By Anthony Gutridge

George Hulbert served as flag secretary to the admiral commanding the North American Station during the War of 1812. One of his principal duties was to serve as flag agent, collecting and distributing prize money for the flag officer and potentially others as well. This was a profitable position that required considerable economic, legal, and […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Navies

H.M.S. St Lawrence: the Freshwater First-Rate

By Robert Malcolmson

Towards the end of the War of 1812 American naval forces were performing well on the Great Lakes and the Provincial (Canadian) Marine was strengthened by Royal Naval forces. A shipbuilding programme included HMS St Lawrence, the Royal Navy’s only first rate to operate solely on freshwater. The ship, as large as the Victory although […] Read More

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

A Naval Sidelight in the 1812 War with America

By A.J. Pack

Describes naval and troop operations in and around Cumberland Island off southern Georgia in January 1815 lead by Read Admiral George Cockburn.  As the peace negotiations in Ghent were drawing to a close, Cockburn collected several battalions of Royal Marines throughout the region, occupied Cumberland Island and began to harass coastal Georgia and South Carolina […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

The Royal Navy and Canadian Dominion

By Barry M. Gough

A survey covering four centuries of the Royal Navy’s role in the founding of Canada and the dominion’s vital place in British strategy after the loss of America. James Cook mapped Newfoundland, Edward Owen and Henry Bayfield surveyed the Great Lakes, and John Franklin Parry charted the vast western coast. Through the 19th century Canada […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | War of 1812 | James Cook | American Revolution | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note: The Constellation and the Hermione

By W.M.P. Dunne

The extraordinary connection between the American frigate Constellation and the mutinous Hermione is explained. Read More

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

Yankee Admiral Under the Chilean Flag

By Edgar K. Thompson

Rear Admiral Charles W. Wooster (1700-1848) ran away to sea at the age of 11 and served in the American merchant service.  At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he was given command of a privateer and proved himself in battle.  During the South American wars of independence Chile proclaimed its own independence in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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