Author Results for Edward Fraser

The Journal of Commander Thomas Colby, RN 1797–1815

By Edward Fraser

The article records Thomas Colby’s nineteen years of naval service, during which he endured numerous battles, from Camperdown to Duckworth’s Passage of the Dardanelles in 1807. Although present at Trafalgar he was unaware of Nelson’s death. During his nineteen years before the mast he encountered French, Spanish and Dutch enemies on no less than one […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea

H.M.S. Victory Part IV

By Edward Fraser

Victory 2,162 tons, returned to England in 1797 and was fitted to receive sick prisoners of war. In 1800, a rebuild was carried out.   The original figurehead’s allegorical figures supporting a heraldic shield were replaced by cherubim.   A statement of damage sustained at Trafalgar is available in a midshipman’s Remarks Book but no official records […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Art & Music | Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

H.M.S. Victory Part II

By Edward Fraser

Victory IV, 1,920 tons, was launched in 1737 and wrecked seven years later on the Caskets in bad weather with the loss of 1,000 people.   The present Victory 2,162 tons, was launched in 1765, served as flagship of the Mediterranean fleet and, after Trafalgar, in the Baltic. She was paid off in Portsmouth in 1812 […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Baltic | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

H.M.S. Victory Part I

By Edward Fraser

The history of HMS Victory and her predecessors, including their service records, are related using existing authentic sources. Victory I, 800 tons, was built as a merchant ship in 1559 and bought by the Navy two years later. She was unfit for further service in 1606.   Victory II, 656 tons, was launched in 1620 and […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design