Archive Results For: Mutiny & Discipline

The Nature of the Bounty Mutiny: An Attempt at Definition

By Rolf E DuRietz

Re-assesses the already well documented incident with the emphasis on Fletcher Christian’s involvement and leadership in the mutiny. Significant previous research is comprehensively listed. The author concentrates on the seven categories that define the cause, origin, actual/anticipated success, determinants of the selected course of action, course of events, consequences and nature of the rebellion. The […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

‘Now is Our Time, the Ship is Our Own, Huzza for the Red Flag’: Mutiny on the Inspector, 1797

By Ann Hawkins and Helen Watt

Using newly discovered material from the National Archives, the authors detail events aboard the sloop Inspector (16) as well as more central issues surrounding the Nore mutiny. Ship’s captain, Charles Lock’s report is examined; this covers the period from 27 May, when Inspector arrived at Yarmouth, through her mutiny, from 30 May, when she was […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | French Revolution | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

The Nore Mutiny—Sedition or Ships’ Biscuits? A Reappraisal

By Anthony Brown

The Nore mutiny of March-May 1797 has been attributed to many factors including a large influx of quota men, infiltration by the United Irish, and the influence of radical societies. Based on close analysis of ships muster books to determine the movement and affiliations of the seamen involved, this essay argues that none of the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | French Revolution
Subjects include: Navies

Note: The Benbow Mutiny

By William Benbow

This is an exploration of the possible causes of the mutiny which broke out when Vice-Admiral Benbow was attacking the French squadron off Cartagena. The personalities and backgrounds of the men involved are examined. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

The Portsmouth Naval Academy, 1733-1806

By H.W. Dickinson

The Academy was opened in 1733, to provide an alternative to the inefficient system of seagoing schoolmasters, and to create a single route for officer entry into the Navy. This paper concentrates on the Academy’s less well-documented first incarnation, from 1733 to its closure in 1806, and challenges its historical reputation for low standards, inefficiency […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Cavendish’s Last Voyage Part III: John Jane’s Narrative of the Voyage of the Desire

By R F Hitchcock

This is the last of three papers (see 1994/3 and 2001/1) on Cavendish’s disastrous 1591-93 expedition to the Pacific. This paper concentrates on the narrative of John Jane, who sailed in the fleet as supercargo on the Desire, commanded by John Davis. Cavendish blamed Davis for the failure of the expedition – rightly, it seems. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Mutiny & Discipline | Health at Sea | Pacific
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration

The Life Blood of the Navy: Recruiting Sailors in Eighteenth Century Spain

By Carla Rahn Phillips

In this article the author explores Spain’s approach to naval recruitment during the 18th century. In an effort to increase the number of mariners in its service without resorting primarily to the use of crimping and impressment both France and Spain instituted forms of ‘enlightenment’ to encourage their marine population to accept service in the […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Soldiers at Sea and the Inter-service Relations during the First Dutch War

By Dr. Eric Gruber von Arni, RRC,RGN, Phd.

The article takes an in-depth look at the role of the soldiers-at-sea on both sides of the conflict during the First Dutch War 1652-1654. This crucial step in the evolution of the ‘fighting sailor’ in the Royal Navy has long been neglected. The author delves into the reasons why such a transition for both the […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | Health at Sea | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Cavendish’s Last Voyage Part II: Purposes Revealed and Concealed

By R. F. Hitchcock

The objectives of Thomas Cavendish’s disastrous second voyage (1591-93) were ostensibly to capture Spanish merchant ships and trade with China, repeating the success of his earlier round-the-world expedition.  Analysis of the personnel carried aboard his vessels and surviving accounts, however, suggest that he may have also intended to found a colony at São Vincente, Brazil, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Mutiny & Discipline | Health at Sea | Pacific
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

Note: Lieutenants’ Passing Certificates: William Bligh and Peter Heywood

By Madge Derby

The career of Peter Heywood after the mutiny in the Bounty is here examined, using evidence from his passing certificate and that of Wlliam Bligh. Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

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