Author Results for Philip Macdougall

Lord Love the Irish and Damnation to the English: The naval mutinies of 1798

By Philip MacDougall

Concentrating on a series of mutinies that were planned during the summer of 1798 to take a number of British warships of the Channel Fleet into the enemy port of Brest, this article is a micro study of one of those ships, the 74-gun Defiance in the three-week period, 7–28 July 1798, during which the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Strategy & Diplomacy

‘So Complete Was Our Victory! So Complete Their Ruin!’: An analysis of the battle of Çeşme, 1770

By Philip MacDougall

This article presents an analysis of why a technically advanced Ottoman fleet of overwhelming numerical superiority operating in its home waters should have been decisively defeated by a Russian fleet operating in totally unfamiliar waters and hampered by a divided command structure, with no truly safe harbour to fall back on and with ships manned […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

British Seapower and the Mysore Wars of the Eighteenth Century

By Philip Macdougall

The naval aspirations of Hyder Ali (1760–82) and Tipu Sultan (1782–99), rulers of the southern Indian state of Mysore, is a much neglected subject. In creating a naval force, that clearly emulated those of the European nations, it was seen as a means of first neutralizing the power of the British before being ultimately used […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

William Scamp and his Early Naval Works in the Mediterranean

By Philip MacDougall

The architect William Scamp (1801–72) was chief assistant to the Director of Admiralty Works 1845–52 then Deputy Director 1852–67. In 1841 he built for the Royal Navy a new steam-powered bakery at Malta, with iron stanchions and ceiling support joists on all three storeys, and completed the church of St Paul. In 1844 he started […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Logistics | Navies

Hazardous Waters: Naval Dockyard Harbours during the Age of Fighting Sail

By Philip MacDougall

From the late 18th century to the end of the Napoleonic wars, shoaling and other environmental factors increasingly limited the ability of British dockyards to accommodate larger classes of warships.  The problem was particularly acute on the Thames and the Medway, because of upstream urban and commercial development, but affected Plymouth and Portsmouth as well.  […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies

Gibraltar Dockyard: Problems of Recruitment 1939-1945

By Philip Macdougall

With increasing awareness that a further European war might one day occur, the decision was finally taken to enlarge two of the docks. From the point of view of labour recruitment, the adopted time table for work upon these docks turned a relatively simple problem into a nightmare. With both docks, at differing times, placed […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2 | Mutiny & Discipline | Mediterranean | Jutland
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies

The Formative Years: Malta Dockyard, 1800-1815

By Philip MacDougall

When Malta was captured in 1800, the Royal Navy inherited an established dockyard and large natural harbour. The dockyard was rapidly utilised but the peace of 1802 cast a shadow, with the Government having agreed to return the island to the Order of St. John. Delaying tactics ensured the Navy retained its dockyard when hostilities […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies