Author Results for D. Bonner Smith

The National Maritime Museum

By D. Bonner Smith

The SNR had lobbied for a national maritime museum from its formation and, in 1924, was able to announce that the Government had approved the issue of a press release stating that such a museum would be established. It was not until 1934 that the National Maritime Museum Bill was enacted, with the Museum officially […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

More Light on Bligh and the Bounty

By D. Bonner Smith

This article charts recent research on the controversial figure at the heart of the infamous British mutiny. More primary materials are available which rubbish older narratives relying upon “a mass of ill-informed comment”. Contemporary pamphlets also indicate Bligh’s attempts to recount his defence before the Admiralty and the ongoing battle for memory. A long extract […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography

Some Remarks about the Mutiny of the “Bounty”

By D. Bonner Smith

The article questions the accuracy of a number of written accounts and film presentations of the voyage and mutiny and of Bligh’s character. Many contain much uncritical borrowing from elsewhere. Evidence from Bligh’s earlier and later career, reception on return to England, promotion to post Captain and appointment to command a second expedition is assessed. […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

The Naval Mutinies of 1797 Part II

By D. Bonner Smith

Bonner Smith continues from the point where the Board of Admiralty departed for Portsmouth as detailed in Part I. By means of the documents produced by the representatives of the mutineers and the official responses of the Admiralty and the senior staff dealing directly with them, he takes the reader from the evening of Sunday 16 […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | French Revolution | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Navies

The Naval Mutinies of 1797 Part I

By D. Bonner Smith

In 1935 The Floating Republic: An account of the Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore in 1797, by Manwaring and Dobree was published, receiving almost unanimous praise.     This article seems to start as a refutation of that book which discusses in detail the social, political and financial upheavals of the time and their effects on […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | French Revolution | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

The Case of the Sartine

By D. Bonner Smith

On 1 May 1780 the unarmed French vessel Sartine was fired on by HMS Romney whilst flying ‘cartel’ flags. When intercepted she was carrying prisoners of war back to France after the fall of Pondicherry. The showing of cartel flags should have guaranteed safe passage but on this occasion her captain also ran out a […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Capture of the Washington

By D. Bonner Smith

The American armed brig Washington was captured on 5th December 1775 off Cape Anne by HMS Fowey after a chase of 2 ½ hours. Her ensign was a white field with a green pine tree in the middle with the motto: Appeal to Heaven. She was turned down for being bought into the Royal Navy […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers