Author Results for Brian Dietz

Dikes, Dockheads and Gates: English Docks and Sea Power in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

By Brian Dietz

English docks at the close of the fifteenth century were the primitive structures of the Late Middle Ages.  It took six months to build a dockhead and a further month to dismantle it for the ship to be moved.  In 1578 funding was provided for a dock rebuild which included the installation of a gate, […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Late Middle Ages
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Note: ‘Buggin’s Turn’

By Brian Dietz

The fact that it was Sir John Fisher who first used the term is not surprising as the East India Company a century earlier had used the expression ‘Buggins stands next in turn’. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

The Royal Bounty and English Merchant Shipping in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

By Brian Dietz

The article covers the history of the Royal Bounty, awarded to builders of ships “fit for service” as naval auxiliaries, from its origin in the fifteenth century to its abandonment in the early eighteenth, when the mismatch between the needs of defence and of trade made the bounty no longer useful. It discusses the basis […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design