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Documents: The Rank of Master and Commander

By courtesy of D. B. Smith

Reproduced is the text of the Order-in-Council of 27 March 1746, referred to by L. G. Carr Laughton in “The Rank of Commander, R.N.”, which appeared in MM Vol. 9 Issue 8, (August 1923). Read More

Filed under: Austrian Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Documents: The Lord High Admiral’s Council

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In May 1702 Prince George of Denmark was appointed Lord High Admiral of England and the two letters reproduced here appoint the members of the Lord High Admiral’s Council. To assist him Sir George Rooke, Sir David Mitchell, George Churchill and Richard Hill joined the Council and in 1705 John Fawler became the Deputy Secretary […] Read More

Filed under: Spanish Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Document: Commodore Johnstone’s Improvements 1779

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The letter from Commodore George Johnstone to the Admiralty sought permission to make a number of changes to the equipment of his command, HMS Romney. These included, amongst others, installing two windlasses on the forecastle to help with handling the rig and exchanging the common yawl for a cheaper and better sailing Norway Yawl or […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Document: Kite Balloon Ships

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The two November 1803 letters from Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Henry Knowles to the Admiralty, written during Napoleon’s preparations on the opposite coast to invade England, entitle Knowles to some credit for being an original proposer of the idea of Kite Balloon ships, however amateurish his ideas. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Document: Naval Medal 1677

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The letter authorises the Royal Mint to strike gold medals, with chains, on behalf of the Monarch, to be presented to the officers directly involved in the action at Tripoli, in January 1676. The value of the medals ranged from £100 to £30 depending on seniority. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Document: “The Mariner’s Mirrour” Part II

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Continuing from his earlier contribution (Vol.3, Issue2) Smith produces further details, including Waghenaer’s explanation as to his reasons for producing his two volumes on navigation and the methodology used. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music

Document: “The Mariner’s Mirrour” Part I

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“The Mariner’s Mirrour” was the title chosen by Ashley for his English translation of Waghenaer’s “Speighel der Zeevaerdt”, with the cover of the journal reproducing the title page of the first English edition of 1588. Some interesting particulars of the first “Mariner’s Mirror”, which were collected by Pepys are reproduced from a transcription in the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music