Author Results for Nicholas Tracy

Book Review – ‘The Great War at Sea: A naval atlas 1914–1919’ by Nicholas Tracy

By Nicholas Tracy

A timely arrival in the middle date of the centenary of the First World War, Faulkner and Wilkinson’s atlas of the naval part of it is certain to be valued by those interested in the subject. Their work is based on the records of the Royal Navy’s historical branch, which used graphics extensively in the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review – ‘The Crimean War in Imperial Context, 1854–1856’ by Nicholas Tracy

By Nicholas Tracy

The publisher of this study asserts that this is ‘the only book to consider expertly translated sources in eight languages that examine the conflict’s maritime history in areas ranging from South America to Scandinavia . Until now, accounts of Britain’s and France’s naval campaigns against Tsarist Russia in the Baltic, White Sea, and Pacific have […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | Crimean War | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘HMS Trincomalee: Frigate 1817’ by Nicholas Tracy

By Nicholas Tracy

Seaforth has produced a series of richly illustrated magazine-quality soft-cover quarto books about single historic ships. The latest showcases the teak-built frigate Trincomalee, constructed in the Bombay yard of the East India Company by Master Builder Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia, and floated out of the dock in 1817. The text by Wyn Davies includes chapters on wooden […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Sir Robert Calder’s Action

By Nicholas Tracy

Ordered to “cruise for the enemy” west of Cape Finisterre, without strategic advice, Sir Robert Calder’s squadron of ten battleships made contact with Vice Admiral Villeneauve’s Franco-Spanish squadron returning from the West Indies. Signalling for “battle of the closest order” Calder kept between the allied fleet and their port and engaged a superior force from […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

British Assessments of French and Spanish Naval Reconstruction 1763–1768

By Nicholas Tracy

Fully expecting another war with Bourbon Europe after 1763, the British government was determined to collect as much information as possible on the progress of French and Spanish naval reconstruction. Intelligence was gleaned from many sources, but one of the most reliable was Robert Wolters, the British consul at Rotterdam, and his network of agents. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Parry of a Threat to India, 1768-1774

By Nicholas Tracy

There was a very real threat to British interests in India.  The frequent espionage between Britain and France motivated individuals in the British government to first increase than again reduce the Naval forces in India, thus alleviating the threat.   It was a “cat and mouse” game between the two countries.  Britain succeeded in protecting their […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Capture of Havana 1762

By Nicholas Tracy

The article explains the political background to this attack, and the personalities and abilities of the commanders of the British forces. The plan of attack on Manila, drawn up by General Draper, depended for success on surprise and harmony between the army and the navy. The Spanish were completely surprised, and the Spanish could do […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Strategy & Diplomacy