The Early History of Portsmouth Dockyard, 1496-1800 Part IV

By Sir Henry Kitson, published November 1948


This fourth (and last) in a series of historical surveys deals with “The Guardships and Ships in Ordinary”. The author begins with the origins of “the Ordinary”, ships laid up out of commission with tiny care and maintenance crews, and of the Guardships, ships in commission maintained as a ready reserve with larger skeleton crews. He outlines the problems caused by undermanning and lax discipline among these crews, and the difficulties resulting from the number of ships to be put into reserve in 1782-84. The article includes several drawings showing ships in ordinary at Portsmouth.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies

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