Galleon into Ship of the Line Part III

By Rear-Admiral A. Hugh Taylor, CB, OBE, DL, JP, published May 1959


This detailed survey of the naval battles of the Third Dutch War (1672-1674) paints a picture of large Anglo-French and Dutch fleets dancing a pavane. The Battle of Sole Bay, Schoonveldt and Texel were inconclusive.   De Ruyter, acknowledged grand-master, was as ill-served by his officers as was Prince Rupert who successfully took a fleet of fifty sail out of the Thames, against enemy, and wind; and a fleet of a hundred sail within the Dutch sands. And yet, the experience gained produced changes in tactics, in signalling and in the size of ships-of-the-line which lasted until Trafalgar.

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Filed under: English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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