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Man-of-War Boats Part I

By Rear Admiral Sir R Massie Blomfield

This article looks at the development of boats used by the Navy from the long boat to the Jolly boat. It describes where such boats were part of the ships configuration or were kept by the harbour for use by visiting ships, as was the case with some jolly boats. There is an extract from […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Some Naval Courts-Martial 1701-2

By W. Senior

On the 2nd and 4th October, 1701, Captains Rumsey and Litttelon, who had been lately employed in suppressing pirates in the East Indies, are tried on board the Revenge in the Downs for “irregularities and undue practices,” In Litttelon’s case it is decided that the captain ” did carry in the ship under his command […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Naval Uniform

By A.K

The author presents evidence as to the relaxed approach taken by the naval authorities to the wearing of the regulation uniform. Both Cook and Nelson appear in painted portraits wearing Commanders’ uniform sometime after they had both been promoted to Post-Captain. Read More

Filed under: Nelson | James Cook | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

The Battle Of New Brighton

By W. Senior

In 1755, HMS “Winchelsea” sent a barge to press merchant seamen off “Upton”, only to be met by loaded guns and cutlasses.   The “Upton” crew then sailed across to the barge, exchanged musket fire, capsized, were rescued and pressed. The “Tarleton a few days later similarly threatened the “Winchelsea” barge. The barge requested they acknowledge […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies

Note: La Chanson du “Redoutable”

By Courtesy of L G Carr Laughton

Reproduced in its original French is a sailor’s song concerning the death of Nelson at Trafalgar. However, it takes us no closer to ascertaining who fired the shot that killed Nelson. Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

The Last of the East Indiamen

By W.B. Whall

This article recounts the end of the era of “John Company’s” ships. The regulation by Act of Parliament of the conditions of service is explained, and the reasons for its having been the source of huge wealth outlined.   When the monopoly ceased in 1814, along with the China trade in 1834, the ships were taken […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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