Archive Results For: War of 1812

Noah at Sea

By edited by H. G. Barnby

“Travels in England, France, Spain and the Barbary States in the years 1813, 14 and 15” was published by Mordecai Noah, a United States citizen.  He set off to take up an appointment as Consul at Tunis but his ship was captured by the Brest blockading fleet.  His comments on his treatment are illuminating.  He […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Strategy & Diplomacy

Impressment & the American Merchant Marine 1782–1812; an American View

By George Selement

British seamen deserted frequently.  The British navy boarded neutral American ships to recover them and then also seized other nationalities. The British pressed ten times the number that might be British. Less than ten percent of wrongly pressed Americans were released.   The Americans protested but diplomatic negotiations foundered for reasons of British security, American nationalism, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

British Naval Problems at Halifax During the War of 1812

By Barry J. Lohnes

The article offers a reappraisal of the maritime war of 1812. At the outset of war, in 1811, the Royal Navy’s Halifax squadron was beset with problems including the ships being in a state of disrepair and a severe shortage of both manpower and naval stores. Mediocre leadership and faulty intelligence on the part of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies

Note: Gun Names

By Edgar K. Thompson

During the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, it was the custom in some ships of the United States Navy for sailors to give names or nicknames to the guns they served. The name applied to the gun and its partner opposite which would indicate that the entire battery was named. The guns of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Weapons

The Action between the Shannon and the Chesapeake

By D.L. Dennis

The USS Chesapeake left Boston on the June 1st, 1813, with orders to sail for Canada. HMS Shannon was now the only blockading ship in her way. The two ships closed and opened fire in the late afternoon. Ten minutes later, the Chesapeake’s rigging was badly damaged, it could not avoid being blown onto the […] Read More

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

More Light on the Chesapeake

By Anthony Steel

A long and excellent article that uses contemporary sources (often for the first time) to build up a picture of the true nature of the crew of the Chesapeake at the time she struck her flag to HMS Leopard. The author makes a strong case that there were many British born amongst the crew who […] Read More

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

Admiral the Honourable Sir George Elliott

By Rear-Admiral A.H. Taylor

The author quotes extensively from a memoir written by Sir George Elliott in 1855 which was made available by the Marquess of Northampton, his great-grandson and SNR member. He also cross-references with occasional quotations from other contemporary sources. Elliott had a long, varied and successful naval career, starting with the blockade of Toulon in 1795 […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Atlantic | War of 1812 | Baltic | Opium Wars | English Channel | French Revolution | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design

The Shipbuilder’s War

By C. Winton-Clare

The article concerns the naval war between Britain and America in 1812-15 as enacted on Lake Ontario. Each side began the war with a small number of ships, the advantage initially with the British. Each began constructing new ships and the fortunes of the combatants fluctuated with the arrival of each new larger or more […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

The Ships of the American Navy in the War of 1812

By H I Chapelle

The American navy had been neglected, so there were few ships available to it at the outbreak of war. The author gives a list of these, then discusses in detail their readiness for action, dimensions, armament, and complement. The sailing quality of several smaller ships was spoilt by overloading. American heavy frigate design appears to […] Read More

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

The Introduction of Shells and Shell-Guns in the United States Navy

By Louis H. Bolander

By contrast with prolonged development in Europe, the introduction of explosive (‘bomb’) shells into American naval warfare was delayed but comprehensive. Columbiad guns (coast defence howitzers firing percussion shells) were successfully used in the war of 1812-15. These were developed into Paixhans’ (shipborne) Canon-Oubisier which were introduced into USN service in 1843 and made standard […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

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