A Royal Visit to the Fleet, 1735

By Gerald Hinchcliffe, published May 1977


With Portugal increasingly fearful of Spanish invasion, and Britain seeking facilities to support her Mediterranean fleet, their alliance was marked in 1735 by the arrival of a British fleet of 23 ships in Lisbon river. Admiral Norris’s first captain, Tancred Robinson, in his journal recorded the exchange of courtesies which culminated in a visit to the fleet by King John of Portugal and his retinue. From the output of the Brazilian mines the King presented diamonds to British senior officers – one of which Robinson’s son sold for two hundred pounds twenty years later.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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