Author Results for Colin Jones

Note: Echoes of a Distant War

By Colin Jones

An exploration of the naval history of Sydney and New South Wales during the Napoleonic Wars from 1797 to 1814, touching on proposed conscription of convicts to fight in South American possessions, Matthew Flinders’ meeting with Nicolas Baudin, shipbuilding and traffic through Sydney Naval Yard, the operation of press gangs,  privateering and whaling. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration | Whaling & Fishing

At War with the Navy

By Colin Jones

The small ships taken up by the Australian navy were of small account to the navy but of far more importance to their owners.  These case studies reveal the local implications of such dealings. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Note: At War with the Navy

By Colin Jones

Small civilian craft were taken up by the Australian navy during the Second World War, and this account details the experiences of some of them. Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Pacific
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Note: The Sale Steamboat Company Ltd, Sale, Victoria 1890-1928

By Colin Jones

This examines the economics of operating a steamboat company to an inland town on the Australian coast. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Whaling & Fishing

Note: The Steamboats of Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

By Colin Jones

The use of little steamboats on Lake Wendouree is recounted, with an account of their numbers. Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Note: The Crimean War in Japan

By Colin Jones

A ‘small incident’ of the Crimean War took place in the Pacific Ocean when a  Russian frigate was wrecked off Shimoda. Read More

Filed under: Crimean War | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note: The Death of Marcus McCausland

By Colin Jones

The events which lead to the death of this young officer in Zanzibar are detailed. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Note: ‘Disarmed and Disappointed’? The Experience of the Armstrong Breech-loading Guns, 1863-4

By Colin Jones

The Navy withdrew its Armstrong breech-loading rifled ordnance from service, but the accident rate which was blamed has been re-examined. Read More

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

The Purchase of the Australian Colonial Gunboats

By Colin Jones

In 1882 the government of the British colony of Victoria in Australia decided to invest in new gunboats and torpedo boats for its navy, a decision that was the catalyst for the creation of naval forces in other colonies. The vessels were to be of unusual design, and unlike contemporary Royal Naval vessels. The nature […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Voyage of the Colonial Ship Victoria

By Colin Jones

A detailed account of the RAN steamship, Victoria in commission between 1856 and 1882 when she was sold out of service. She was built in Pembroke, UK as a “contemporary sloop of war”. She participated in the war against the Maoris in New Zealand. A year later, in 1861 with accompanying vessels, she was sent […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Science & Exploration