A Study of Peacetime Operations: the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean, 1752-5

By David Syrett, published February 2004


This paper studies aspects of the Royal Navy operational activities beyond the fighting of major wars in the Age of Fighting Sail. The author takes the specific case of Commodore Edgcumbe’s squadron in the Mediterranean, on the eve of the Seven Years’ War. The activities of the squadron included tasks which only the Royal Navy was equipped to undertake. These included transportation of money for the British government and British merchants, supporting British diplomats and envoys by showing the flag, ascertaining the good behaviour of the Barbary powers through patrolling, gathering of intelligence on Spanish, French, Neapolitan, Barbary powers’ naval activities.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

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