Author Results for N.A.M. Rodger

The Royal Navy in the Era of Two World Wars: was it Fit for Purpose?

By N.A.M. Rodger

Predicting the role that a navy will be called upon to adopt is an impossible task, made easier with the benefit of hindsight. Whilst a navy (or a ship) might be best fitted to a particular purpose, successful navies (and warship designs) have tended to be those with the broadest range of general capabilities. The […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Submarines

The Development of Broadside Gunnery 1450-1650

By N.A.M. Rodger

The article criticises several assumptions by later British historians such as Sir Julian Corbett about the origins of the heavy-gunned ‘broadside’ vessel and associated English battle tactics especially during the Spanish Armada campaign. Many guns were considered ‘fixed’, the ship was aimed. English carriages allowed for transverse positioning though the number of actual gunners remained […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | English Channel | The Armada
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons

Note: Lieutenants’ Sea-time and Age

By N.A.M. Rodger

It had been asserted that the rule that prospective lieutenants had to have six years at sea had never been observed. This note gives evidence that the rule was in fact almost universally observed. Read More

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

The Mutiny in the John and Thomas

By N.A.M. Rodger

This article gives a background to press gangs operating in the mid 18th century navy. The events of the John and Thomas mutiny are recounted in the reports of Captain George Johnstone, sent to convoy and subsequently recover the press tender John and Thomas. Following these events Lieutenant Robert Sax commander of the John and […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Seven Years’ War | Mutiny & Discipline | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Note: The Galliot Hoy Youfro Maria

By N.A.M. Rodger

At the outset of the Seven Years’ War the navy was concerned by the use of neutral vessels to transport military goods, and this description of a small merchantman is of particular interest because of her cargo of powder, lead and timber. Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | North Sea
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Note: A Pirate’s Log ?

By N.A.M. Rodger

An interesting document in the National Archives appears to show the calculations of an Elizabethan pirate who may have visited the North Cape. Read More

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

Note: A Pirate’s Log?

By N.A.M. Rodger

It is surmised that this scrap of paper in The National Archives is a portion of a pirate’s log, detailing a voyage in the Mediterranean on the back of a chart showing the North Cape. Read More

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

Note: Sources for Naval History

By N.A.M. Rodger

This lists the categories in the National Archives of useful sources of information about all aspects of vessels intended to be used as privateers. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Miscellaneous

The Design of the Inconstant

By N.A.M. Rodger

The Confederate warship Alabama and other commerce raiders caused such damage to British merchant shipping that interest developed during the 1860s in the development of fast unarmoured cruisers. The United States built U.S.S. Wampanoag; Great Britain responded with H.M.S. Inconstant. Two men were central to Inconstant’s design and construction – Vice-Admiral Robert Spencer Robinson, Surveyor […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design