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Nelson at the Nile, 1798: the Rewards of Victory

Nelson at the Nile, 1798: the Rewards of Victory Bonaparte's fury at the defeat! Nelson’s stunning victory at Aboukir, off the Nile Delta, in August 1798 was to raise his reputation to a European level. In this battle Nelson brought his force of fifteen ships, of which thirteen were ships-of-the line, close inshore to [...]

Nelson at the Nile, 1798: the Rewards of Victory 2018-02-20T20:54:39+00:00

Death in the Ice – the USS Jeanette and Svyataya Anna expeditions

Death in the Ice – the USS Jeanette and Svyataya Anna expeditions In a recent blog we saw the Royal Navy gunboat HMS Newport, become the first vessel to pass through the Suez Canal, much to the embarrassment of the project’s French backers (click here if you missed that article). She was one of the [...]

Death in the Ice – the USS Jeanette and Svyataya Anna expeditions 2018-02-16T21:30:44+00:00

Sir George Nares – Sailor, Explorer and Oceanographer – PART 2

Sir George Nares – Sailor, Explorer and Oceanographer – PART 2 In the two last postings on this blog (Click here if you've missed them) we've seen George Nares (1831-1915) rise through the ranks of the Royal Navy, get a taste for Arctic exploration and surveying and snatching the honour of commanding the first ship [...]

Sir George Nares – Sailor, Explorer and Oceanographer – PART 2 2018-02-13T22:20:53+00:00

Sir George Nares – Sailor, Explorer and Oceanographer – PART 1

Sir George Nares – Sailor, Explorer and Oceanographer - PART 1 Sir George Nares in polar kit, with acknowledgement to National Portrait Gallery My blog last week introduced us to Sir George Nares, a Royal Navy officer who first came to public attention for the trick he played to gain the honour for [...]

Sir George Nares – Sailor, Explorer and Oceanographer – PART 1 2018-02-09T19:26:59+00:00

Sinking of the SS Linda Blanche

The Painting Cannot Lie? The Sinking of the SS Linda Blanche January 30th 2015 marked the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the merchant ship SS Linda Blanche in the Irish Sea. Among the hundreds of merchant ships sunk by U-boat in the course of World War 1, there would seem to be nothing remarkable about this [...]

Sinking of the SS Linda Blanche 2018-01-30T18:29:05+00:00

The Wreck of HMS Persian 1813

The Wreck of HMS Persian, 1813: Skill, courage and leadership in the aftermath In my blog of 12thJanuary we saw the then-Lieutenant Charles Bertram (1777-1854) undertaking a daring shore attack in Northern Spain in 1808 and getting wounded in the process. By 1813 this fine example of what a dashing young naval should be had [...]

The Wreck of HMS Persian 1813 2018-01-26T21:28:19+00:00

Guest Blog by Clare Flynn: 20th Century Merchant Navy life

20th Century Merchant Navy life – and death Guest Blog by Clare Flynn For me, one of the unexpected pleasures of entering the world of writers has been meeting so many fascinating people whom I would not otherwise have encountered. Many of them specialize in genres significantly different from mine, but all characterized by infectious [...]

Guest Blog by Clare Flynn: 20th Century Merchant Navy life 2018-01-23T21:50:21+00:00

A Sultan, a Queen and a Salvage

Queen Victoria and a Sultan's Salvage It’s hard to imagine a sequence of events that links an Ottoman Sultan, Queen Victoria, the Royal Navy of 1889, an innovative epic of marine salvage and an 1870s warship which served in various capacities until the end of the Second World War. The link is however the ironclad [...]

A Sultan, a Queen and a Salvage 2018-01-19T20:26:35+00:00

Captain Philip Browne – a real-life Jack Aubrey

Captain Philip Browne – a real-life Jack Aubrey Though I write about naval adventure the latter part of the 19th Century I remain fascinated by the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars era – the Great Age of Fighting Sail. Like so many, my interest was first aroused by reading Hornblower when I was a boy and [...]

Captain Philip Browne – a real-life Jack Aubrey 2018-01-16T21:34:54+00:00