Document: Eighty-Gun Ships

By courtesy of Sir J. K. Laughton & D. B. Smith, published February 1913


Laughton and Smith provide an excerpt from a letter from Vice-Admiral Thomas Mathews, Commander-in-Chief of the Fleet in the Mediterranean, to the Duke of Newcastle dated 17 February 1743 in which Vice-Admiral Mathews explains why British eighty-gun ships were no match for their French counterparts.

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Filed under: Austrian Succession | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

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