Author Results for J. R. Powell

John Bourne, sometime Vice-Admiral

By J. R. Powell

John Bourne is a little known flag officer from the Navy of the Commonwealth. However, he saw significant active service against the Dutch, fighting in every major action from the battle of Portland onwards, and being well regarded by both Monck and Blake. He was Blake’s Vice Admiral during his last campaign against the Spanish. Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography

Blake’s Capture of the French Fleet Before Calais on 4 September 1652

By J. R. Powell

Set within a discussion on the foreign politics of the commonwealth and Cromwell¹s endeavour to gain both an alliance with France and ownership of Dunkirk, the author uses conflicting reports from both sides to examine what happened at the capture of a French fleet as reprisals while France was neutral during the Dutch war, preventing […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Penn’s Expedition to Bonratty in 1646

By J. R. Powell

Description of the joint forces action by the Parliamentarian forces endeavouring to gain control in Ireland. The vessels under Admiral Penn and landed forces under Colonel McAdam, gained an initial victory at Six Mile Bridge and then held Bonratty Castle while under attack from the rebels commanded by the Earl of Muskery. Only after McAdam […] Read More

Filed under: English Civil War | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics