Archive Results For: Pirates

To Outsail the Dutch

By R.A. Preston

By the middle of the seventeenth century Dutch men-of-war were superior to those of the English. Much attention was given to the art of shipbuilding and to the need for competing with the Dutch in the development of speed, roominess and sailing qualities. The Great Neptune, completed by about the end of December 1623, was, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Francis Drake | English Channel | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons | Whaling & Fishing

Piracy

By Philip Gosse

The pirate has been called ‘the enemy of the human race’. In Webster’s Dictionary we find him described as a ‘robber on the high seas, one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas’. The haunt of the pirate was the narrow waterway where shipping thronged; and that his malevolent […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | Antiquity | English Channel | Medieval | American Revolution | Pirates | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Captain George St Lo, RN, 1658-1718

By R.D. Merriman

In 1682, commanding Dartmouth, St Lo was sent to the West Indies. He quarrelled with Sir James Russell, the Governor of Nevis, probably about the Governor’s granting of commissions to privateers. The article describes Dartmouth’s duties in searching for pirates and gives details of the quarrel. In 1688 St Lo took command of Portsmouth; the […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Biography

The Presence of Tromp during Blake’s Reduction of the Scilly Isles in 1651

By C.D. Curtis

The English Council of State suspected Tromp’s preparations, thinking that the Dutch wished to seize the islands for use as a base against the Commonwealth and, on April 1st, issued urgent orders to Blake to proceed to Scilly. Blake was instructed to enquire of Tromp his intentions. Blake declared that the Scillies had capitulated on […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Civil War | English Channel | North Sea | Pirates
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Weapons

Some Letters of Admiral the Hon. Samuel Barrington Part III

By The Mariner's Mirror, 20:1, 67-84

The letters in this article are a continuation of those published in The Mariner’s Mirror, July and October 1933.   To Earl Spencer, First Lord of the Admiralty My Lord, I am greatly oblig’d to your Lordship for the very polite manner in which you have communicated to me His Majesty’s goodness in my appointment […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Pirates | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Some Letters of Admiral the Hon. Samuel Barrington Part II

By Hon. Samuel Barrington

This series of letters to and from the admiral deal mainly with his command of the Leeward Station and his role in the capture of St Lucia from the French in the American War of Independence. In passing, there are insights into the state of piracy and slavery in the Caribbean and comments on the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | American Revolution | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

Some Letters of Admiral The Honourable Samuel Barrington Part I

By Hon Samuel Barrington

This selection of letters from the Barrington papers cover a period in 1770 and another in 1777. They specifically relate to Barrington’s correspondence with the First Lords of the Admiralty (Sir Edward Hawke in 1770 and the Earl of Sandwich in 1777) regarding his career. His disappointment at being offered a guard ship in 1770, […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Navies

Sir Henry Penrice and Sir Thomas Salusbury

By W. Senior

Sir Henry Penrice and Sir Thomas Salusbury were two civil lawyers who were successively Judges of the High Court of Admiralty during more than half of the eighteenth century. Sir Penrice was first appointed to the role in 1715 and remained in office for thirty-six years, until 1751. He was then succeeded by his son-in-law, […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

The General Situation in the Indian Ocean During the Early Georgian Period

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

This was a long period of peace resulting from the anti-French alliance between Britain, Holland and Portugal. Holland and Portugal were too weak for further conquest; Britain was strong enough to advance trade, but only slowly and irregularly. None of the powers were strong enough to maintain the general peace, which left the field open […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

John Rastell’s Voyage of the Year 1517

By Arthur W. Read

In the summer of 1517, John Rastell, lawyer, printer and dramatist, attempted a voyage to the New Found Lands, the failure of which is explained with graphic detail in his own words in the Court of Requests proceedings. Rastell, who was one of the most interesting members of the More circle, was a man of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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