Author Results for W.E. May

Note: Convoy Sloop 1917-1918 Part 3

By W.E. May

More adventures of this young officer in the Mediterranean. Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Weapons

Note: Convoy Sloop 1917-1918 Part 2

By W.E. May

The further adventures of a young lieutenant in a sloop at war disguised as a merchant vessel. Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography | Weapons

Note: Convoy Sloop 1917-1918 Part 1

By W.E. May

The diary account of a very junior sub-lieutenant in a convoy sloop in the Mediterranean. Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Weapons

Admirals of the Fleet and their Batons

By W.E. May

The baton was the sign of Commander-in-chief carried by the Flag-officers of the highest rank of the Royal Navy. The origins of this stick, and its shapes, forms and colours, followed by long list of its successive owners is the subject of this paper, a good sample of scholarship for every aspect of its content […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

The Gaspee Affair

By W.E. May

In June 1772, 18 months before the more notorious insult in Boston, Massachusetts, the inhabitants of Providence, Rhode Island assaulted and burned the Royal Navy schooner Gaspee, which had been intercepting their smuggling activities.  They injured her commander, Lieutenant Dudingston, who on his return was promoted even before his honourable acquittal at court-martial.   A Commission […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Note: Faked Nelson Relics

By W.E. May

Examples are given of the relics purporting to be gifts from Nelson. Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

The Panther Affair

By W.E. May

This paper describes the commission of HMS Panther, a 60 gun ship, in the East Indies between 1760 and 1765, which was distinguished by the zeal with which her officers pursued financial gain rather than the expectations of the service. The author describes the very high turn-over of personnel, and how a number of assignments […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Navies

The Shark and the 1745

By W.E. May

Uses the first part of the comprehensive log book of the sloop HMS Shark (10) which was kept from 1745 to 1748 under Commander Christopher Middleton to look at the participation of a naval vessel in operations to counter the Jacobite rebellion. Operating around the UK, the Shark was involved in various events as the […] Read More

Filed under: Austrian Succession | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Minerva in the Mediterranean

By W.E. May

An account of a court-martial brought against most of the officers of HMS Minerva and including the purser, the boatswain, a master’s mate and a midshipman, by the second lieutenant, who become insane and was suspended from duty in 1773. Against the surgeon’s advice he was brought back aboard sometime in 1773 and restored to […] Read More

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