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The Haaf Fishing and Shetland Trading Part II

By R. Stuart Bruce

In 1728, Gifford, a shrewd businessman and Chamberlain of Zetland, wrote letters to his agents.   A cargo of salted herrings and whitefish overwintered in Zetland. Six lasts of butter were consigned to Leith.   A long list of household goods were to be dispatched.   He complained to a Leith shipmaster of the high freights to Danzig […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | The Armada | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Whaling & Fishing

The Haaf Fishing and Shetland Trading Part I

By R. Stuart Bruce.

The ancient ” Haaf ” or deep-sea fishing is now well nigh forgotten, even by Shetlanders. The disaster of the 1832 great storm started the decline. Previously, from 1670, white-fishing involved merchants from Hamburg, Bremen, Lubeck, Scotland and England trading for salted cod, ling, herrings, butter, fish-oil, stockings, worsted stuffs, wool, horses, and skins in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | The Armada | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Whaling & Fishing

The Mayflower Part I

By J. W. Horrocks

There were many ships called Mayflower on the 17c seas. The tercentenary of the 1620 Pilgrim voyage encouraged a review of available information.   The Colony’s records, Port books and the Admiralty Court provide the ship’s name, the Master ‘s name, Christopher Jones, and the burthen, eight or nine score tons.   She was probably a three-masted […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | The Armada | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Early Naval Ordnance

By W.G. Perrin

This article transcribes information gleaned from a document dated 17th July 1585, in which Francis Drake lists the ordnance and ordnance stores received to equip the ships Bonaventure and Aid. Charts itemize the numbers and weight of guns for each ship, and the ordnance stores for each, listing stores both by the type of cannon […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | The Armada
Subjects include: Logistics | Navies | Weapons

Miches, Capsquares and Trunnion Bands

By Geoffrey Callender

I believe that Tudor ” miches, bolts and forelocks ” were simply trunnion fittings. I think that the ” miche ” was what to-day we call the ” cap-square” ; and on the after side of the trunnion I think it was fastened, or jointed, to the ” Bolt,” an iron rod that probably passed […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | High Middle Ages | The Armada | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons

Document: Disabled Mariners after the Armada

By courtesy of C. Howard

The letter signed by Charles, Lord Howard in August 1590 requests that all those in authority within the realm provide alms to or allow to beg, William Browne, a gunner in one of His Majesty’s ships, who was severely wounded in the war with Spain and as a result was permanently maimed. Read More

Filed under: Tudors | The Armada | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies

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