Author Results for G. Rutherford

Note: Salt Water Mills (see M.M., Vol. 45, p. 8I)

By G. Rutherford

A personal recollection of the Bishopstone Tidemills at the mouth of the Sussex Ouse. Read More

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

The King Against Luke Ryan

By G. Rutherford

This paper describes the unusually romantic career of Luke Ryan, a renegade privateer captain during the American War of Independence. After an initial career in smuggling, Ryan took letters of marque from the French when they entered the war, benefiting both France and England. The paper describes a number of exploits before he was taken […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Case of M. de La Touché

By G. Rutherford

Nelson’s unflattering remarks on the character of his opponent in the Mediterranean, Admiral de La Touché-Treville, mentioned in the Barham Papers, were in respect of an episode in New York in the autumn of 1782 after the Comte de la Touché, as he was then known, had been captured in his frigate Aigle. It is […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Sidelights on Commodore Johnstone’s Expedition to the Cape Part II

By G. Rutherford

In 1781 Commodore Johnstone was sent with a small naval force and a mixed convoy to capture The Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch. The French had also sent reinforcements to the Cape under the command of Admiral Suffren. Suffren carried out an unsuccessful attack on Johnstone who was at anchor at Porto Praya […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Sidelights on Commodore Johnstone’s Expedition to The Cape Part I

By G. Rutherford

In the first of a two-part study, the author addresses the antecedents to this 1781 expedition and the events leading up to the Battle of Porto Praya in the Cape Verde Islands. Originally conceived as a privateering expedition to Spanish South America, its eventual objective changed to taking the Cape of Good Hope settlement, following […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Capture of the Ardent

By G. Rutherford

Full of primary source references, this article gives information on the capture of the Ardent, with the events leading up to capture and the ramifications following the capture of this 18th century English vessel. It also reflects on the political situation surrounding the victualling of vessels and the choice of captains, which was of concern […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Admiral de Ternay and an “English Convoy”

By G. Rutherford

This considers a minor incident in July 1780, when de Ternay’s convoy from France encountered British frigates off the Chesapeake. These were believed by some of French officers to be no more than the light escort for a British coastal troop convoy, one that would have been at the mercy of his seven ships of […] Read More

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