Author Results for Gregory Robinson

Admiralty and Naval Affairs, May 1660 to March 1674

By Gregory Robinson

A summary of the key documents of the Privy Council’s folio not covered by Naval Record Society Volumes XXVI, LXIV, LXXIX, LXXX, LXXXVI and Mariner’s Mirror Volume XXV. Summarises documents on: administration including finance, pay, pensions, legal, medical, prisoners of war, victualing and shipbuilding; operations including occupation of Tangier, payment for the Equity seized by […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Shipbuilding & Design

The Evidence About the Golden Hind

By Gregory Robinson

This article gives a well reasoned reappraisal of the ‘facts’ available about the Golden Hind, derived from various sources, concluding with a definitive, if somewhat qualified, description of her dimensions, decoration, equipment, fittings, arming, rigging and manning. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Great Harry

By Gregory Robinson

The impression one gets is that when the Sovereign of the Seas was built people believed that she was the largest man-of-war that ever had been built. While it is true that the Henry Grace a Dieu was hardly within the memory of these people, she was within the memories of their fathers, while their […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Napoleonic War | Popular Topics | The Armada | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

The Seventeenth-Century Frigate

By Gregory Robinson

He begins with the misunderstanding of the word frigate by L.G. Carr Laughton. Then he explains a seventeenth century frigate and her distribution of guns, alluding to the named Constant Warwick whose characteristics are explained. The differences in the distribution of guns aboard seventeenth and eighteenth century frigates are explained. The question is clarified by […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Castles in the Sea

By Gregory Robinson

The design of the capital ship is revisited drawing on newly examined historical records and a scale model to demonstrate the solutions developed to provide square fighting platforms in round ships. This resulted in castles fore and aft in medieval carrack-fashion craft, stepped horizontal gun decks behind the sheer hulls of Elizabethan galleon-built vessels, and […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Some Forgotten Chapters in Naval History

By Gregory Robinson

As the title of the article above indicates, this is a rather whimsical and “tongue in check” historical account of the affairs of man in early Naval history. It can also be taken as a parody on early English vs. continent naval events as well as a “dig” at naval historians. The article is a […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | English Channel | North Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous | Navies | Science & Exploration | Weapons

The Trial and Death of Thomas Doughty

By Gregory Robinson

Robinson makes it very clear he is no fan of Sir Francis Drake and that in his view he was not only elevated to the level of a national hero but also to virtually a saint. With the Reformation banning saints and relics substitutes were needed and Drake fulfilled the role. Robinson then deals in […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Atlantic | Francis Drake | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Development of the Capital Ship Part III

By Gregory Robinson

Early shipwrights left no records of their craft, ships were constructed ‘by eye’, with no written record. Knowledge was passed from father to son, so the building of naval vessels was in the hands of a very few families such as the Petts, raising concern about vested interests and stagnation. In 1618 a Commission considered […] Read More

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

A Forgotten Life of Sir Francis Drake

By Gregory Robinson

In this paper the author reviews some of the current literature relating to Francis Drake, highlighting the fact that most histories tell only that half of his story, reflecting his role at Cadiz and in the Armada. The paper reminds us that there was another side to Drake: the plunderer of undefended towns in Spanish […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

The Development of the Capital Ship Part II

By Gregory Robinson

These comments follow up on the author’s first article on the subject (MM 4 (1), pp 14-19), responding to various criticisms of the earlier piece. Robinson defends his original conclusions (based on the writings of authorities such as Monson and Boteler) concerning the number and arrangement of decks on sixteenth-century warships. Using contemporary written works […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The Ancient Breech-Loading Gun – a Plea for Better-Designed Pigeon-Holes

By Gregory Robinson

The author describes a sixteenth-century gun on display in a glass case on the Grand Parade at Bridlington. Although the piece was badly rusted and fragile, the author was able to make some measurements, which suggest the weapon was about 60 inches long, with a breech-loading mechanism. Though the actual firing chamber was not recovered, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Weapons

The Master’s Whistle

By Gregory Robinson

Quotes from Hakluyt and Shakespeare are used to illustrate the evolving usage of the Whistle to Boatswains Call carried at various time by the Lord Admiral, the captain, the master, coxswain eventually settling with the boatswain described as a “bawling blasphemous fellow, born to be hanged maybe but a man of boundless energy” (The Tempest). […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Development of the Capital Ship Part I

By Gregory Robinson

The progression of the capital ship is charted from the two castle platform on which soldiers fought at close quarters to the floating battery of the Nelson era. Particular attention is paid to development of internal structures and their names. The change in usage of the term ‘orlop’ is seen to be key in following […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Note: Stem Ropes

By Gregory Robinson

With the aid of two sketches taken from Seventeenth Century paintings Robinson provides evidence that the manner in which stem-ropes secured the bowsprit to the stem changed from passing under the stem to through it. Read More

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

The Mediaeval Artist: His Value as a Witness in Nautical Affairs

By Gregory Robinson

Our knowledge of the mediaeval ship being so largely dependent upon the work of the artist of the time, it seems proper that the naval archaeologist should make some enquiry into that person’s character and attainments, and the state of his mind. The enquiry here set out suggests that there is strong evidence of distortion, […] Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: The Establishment of 1719

By Gregory Robinson

Robinson challenges the date attributed by L G Carr Laughton to the drawings that appeared in his original article (see MM Volume 1, Issue 8). As proof of his claim he highlights the differing position of the bow hawse-holes throughout the Eighteenth Century. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Ships Models in the Museum of the Training Ship “Mercury” at Hamble

By Gregory Robinson

Robinson provides a detailed description of each of the three models mentioned in Notes in MM Volume 1, Issue 3. The editor adds his views of Robinson’s observations at the end of the article. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads