Author Results for Isabel G. Powell

“Shipkeepers” and Minor Officers Serving at Sea in the Early Stuart Navy

By Isabel G. Powell

This paper outlines the attempts in the early Stuart period to remedy the abuse of the “Shipkeepers” system. These men were charged with guarding royal ships laid up in harbour and intended to form the experienced nucleus of the crew when in commission. Usually the servants of the ship’s warrant officers, their inadequacies in both […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies

The Early Naval Lieutenant

By Isabel G. Powell

The lieutenant first appears as a naval officer about the year 1580. Under Elizabeth his appointment rested entirely with the captain,” who generally made his choice from among his personal friends”. The lieutenant was, in consequence, an officer of social position, as his superior officer was. A lieutenant is an employment for a gentleman well-bred, […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Civil War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies