Author Results for John Leyland

Naval Satire and Caricature

By John Leyland

Leyland decries the lack of study and recording of humorous art devoted to the Royal Navy and its personnel. Such research, he feels, would more truly reflect the life, manners and time of the men who served at sea than portraits of officers and paintings of ships and sea battles. Satire and caricature portrayed not […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Some Ballads And Songs Of The Sea Part III

By John Leyland

These two ballads were published in 1793. One relates the taking, off Finisterre, of the largest prize ever brought to English shores, the “Dummourier”. The other describes, unflatteringly, the characters of French people escaping the French Revolution and seeking passage on the ferry from Calais to Dover. The verses have little literary merit but they […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | French Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Navies | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Some Ballads And Songs Of The Sea Part II

By John Leyland

Regret for the dead, separation, love and homecoming are recounted. The Late Unfortunate “Royal George”, written in 1782, reviews the drowning of Kempenfeldt and four hundred men. The sailors’ constancy for Poll, Sue or Nancy when away at sea is recalled in War’s Alarms written in 1795, and in Charming Sue, published in 1786. Essentially […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea

Some Ballads and Songs of the Sea Part 1

By John Leyland

These songs are all tales, more or less metrical, of love and war. Such verses have all gone from the modern Navy.   The earliest of the battle stories relates to Rodney’s Defeat of Langara, 1780, which was also celebrated by a song entitled “The Royal Sailor”.   Another piece about Rodney is concerned with the melancholy […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Adriatic Weather Rhymes

By John Leyland

Probably no other seamen have ever turned the play of poetical fancy so extensively to such a practical purpose as the fishing and coastwise seafarers of the Adriatic with their weather rhymes. Fortunately a number of officers of the late Austro-Hungarian Navy interested themselves in noting these sayings and Captain Wilhelm von Kesslitz collected them […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Science & Exploration

The Purser and the Seaman’s Pay

By John Leyland

The role of purser on board Royal Navy ships dates back to the clerks and bursers of the fourteenth century. Their emoluments came much more from profits on store transactions than their own wages until 1852, when for the first time regular rates of pay were fixed. This most denounced, satirized and lampooned of all […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

A German Pirate of the Sixteenth Century

By John Leyland

A manuscript in the state library at Hamburg describes the defeat of the notorious pirate Martin Pechelyn of Fehmarn by two Hanseatic traders in 1526. The record was compiled by one Hans Reckemann or Regkmann from an account by Gerd Korffmaker, who was present at the fight. The traders were bound for Trave and fell […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: Another Seventeenth Century Sailor

By John Leyland

In MM Volume 1, Issue 11 there appears a description of the Seventeenth Century sailor attributed to Richard Braithwait. Here Leyland reproduces another such description written by Sir Thomas Overbury, or an associate. Leyland also highlights the similarities between the two descriptions but draws no conclusions as to why this should be. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Note: The Centenary of an Italian Naval Historian

By John Leyland

February 4, 1912 was the centenary of the birth of the distinguished naval historian, Padre Alberto Guglielmotti. Leyland marks the occasion with a brief history of Guglielmotti’s contribution to our knowledge of Italian naval activities during the middle ages. Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies

An Old Fighting Merchant Seaman

By John Leyland

An overview of the book ‘The Art of Sea Fighting in Five Parts’ by Robert Park, Mariner of Ipswich published in 1706. The five parts deal with: An Epitome of the Art of Gunnery, the preparation of a merchant ship for close fighting, the right conduct for a merchant ship in the presence of the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines

The Navy and the Coronation

By John Leyland

The Naval Review appears to be of modern origin, the first being recorded in 1902. The Navy has celebrated Coronations in many ways;  by the firing of guns,  manning the side and hoisting colours and flags.  The actual content of the celebration appears to have been decided by the Senior Officer present. Celebrations of Coronations […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

Decaen and Linois

By John Leyland

When in March 1803, a French squadron left Brest bound for Pondicherry in India, relations between the senior military officer General Decaen, and the Rear Admiral Linois were already strained. Decaen, appointed Captain-General of French establishments in India (now to be returned under the provisions of the Treaty of Amiens), believed that Linois was disrespectful […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Atlantic | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies