Author Results for Admiral G. A. Ballard

British Gun Vessels of 1875 Part I The Larger Twin-screw Type

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

This is one of Admiral Ballard’s long series of articles concerning Royal Navy warships of the mid to late nineteenth century, and covers the barque rigged twin-screw wooden ‘Plover’ class gunvessels built between 1867 and 1871. These vessels were designed with shallow draft for coastal operations, hence the twin screw layout. Ballard had served in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

British Corvettes of 1875 Part II The Volage, Active and Rover

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

Gives design and service histories for the three vessels. With only upper deck armament these 3300 ton iron-hulled cruisers carried both sail and steam. They were to an extent experimental vessels from which design lessons were learned. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

British Battleships of 1870 Part VII The Monarch

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

This steam-fitted iron vessel was one of the first two seagoing capital ships to carry centreline turret armament, and proved highly successful in service, particularly by comparison with her contemporary HMS Captain, a disastrous conceptual failure. Designed by the (Admiralty) Chief Constructor’s Department, she carried four 12-inch RML guns (a significant innovation), and was built […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

British Battleships of 1870 Part III The Northumberland and Achilles

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

The essay is a detailed study of the battleships Northumberland and Achilles, both of whom did not have a sister ship. The author starts off with a description of the Northumberland and a history of its life at sea. He then follows the same structure to discuss the Achilles. The text contains photographs of the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Early European Rivalry in the Indian Ocean

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

A response to a criticism of earlier articles in the Mariner’s Mirror (see Vol 11, No. 1, January 1925 and Vol. 12, No. 2, April 1926) brought by a Lieutenant C.R. Boxer of the Lincolnshire Regiment claiming the author’s articles were very misleading. The author cites two preeminent historians who have vetted his articles as […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

The First and Second Anglo-French Conflicts in the Indian Ocean

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

The war of the Spanish succession saw the French naval power dramatically reduced. With the cessation of the hostilities in 1713, Paris slowly tried to regain a position from which to control the eastern trade. In 1735, the French claimed the island of Mauritius, 2500 miles off Bombay, and appointed Bertrand de la Burdonnaise as […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The General Situation in the Indian Ocean During the Early Georgian Period

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

This was a long period of peace resulting from the anti-French alliance between Britain, Holland and Portugal. Holland and Portugal were too weak for further conquest; Britain was strong enough to advance trade, but only slowly and irregularly. None of the powers were strong enough to maintain the general peace, which left the field open […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Albuquerque’s Operations on the Western Seaboard of India

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

The detailed description of the events of Alphonso Albuquerque’s efforts to make Portugal the supreme merchant controller of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, in particular the events leading up to the capture of Goa and the many difficulties he had to overcome to achieve this great success. He was rightly judged to be […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Biography | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy