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The French Navy’s goodwill visit to Britain in 1891

The French Navy’s goodwill visit to Britain in 1891 A passing moment of amity Only in very rare, intermittent and usually short periods in the last nine hundred years have relations between Britain and France been anything but suspicious, if not outright hostile. As recently as World War II Britain was locked with [...]

The French Navy’s goodwill visit to Britain in 1891 2018-01-10T10:52:24+00:00

Covers for the Dawlish Chronicles Series

Covers for the Dawlish Chronicles Series – an Author/Designer partnership Every book needs a cover, and a bad one can ruin the prospects of an otherwise excellent book. I recognised this when I embarked on writing seriously – in my case the Dawlish Chronicles Series of naval adventures set in the Late Victorian era and [...]

Covers for the Dawlish Chronicles Series 2018-01-05T20:58:14+00:00

The sinking of the hospital ship HMHS Rewa on January 4th 1918

The sinking of the hospital ship HMHS Rewa on January 4th 1918 We know now that 1918 was the last year of World War 1, and that it would culminate in total defeat of Germany with the “Last Hundred Days”, in which the trench lines were breached and open warfare resumed, representing the greatest single [...]

The sinking of the hospital ship HMHS Rewa on January 4th 1918 2018-01-03T14:09:54+00:00

Retrospective 2017: The Dawlish Chronicles Blog

Retrospective 2017: The Dawlish Chronicles Blog Blogging continued actively through the year, with two articles appearing most weeks. This was run in parallel with the writing of the Dawlish Chronicles novels - the latest of which, Britannia's Gamble, was published in October, as well as provision of free short-stories for those who have signed up [...]

Retrospective 2017: The Dawlish Chronicles Blog 2017-12-29T21:11:16+00:00

Discipline, heroism and survival: HMS Alceste, 1817

Discipline, heroism and survival: HMS Alceste, 1817 The aftermath of the wreck of the French frigate Medusa in 1816 is widely regarded as one of the most horrible events in maritime history. Abandoned on an overloaded raft by officers and crew who took to the boats when the vessel grounded off the coast of modern [...]

Discipline, heroism and survival: HMS Alceste, 1817 2017-12-29T16:07:45+00:00

The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779 – 1783

The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779 - 1783 What was later hailed as The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783 was one of the great epics of the American War of Independence , even though it took place far from American shores. Gibraltar had been captured by Britain in 1704 and in the intervening years “The Rock” was [...]

The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779 – 1783 2017-12-22T22:14:13+00:00

The loss of HMS Royal George 1782

The loss of HMS Royal George 1782 The disaster that overcame the line-of battle ship HMS Royal George in 1782, while anchored in calm water in sight of shore, was to have as strong an impact on the contemporary public mind as the loss of the RMS Titanic was to have one hundred and thirty years later. The tragedy [...]

The loss of HMS Royal George 1782 2017-12-19T19:45:55+00:00

HMS Tornado, Torrent and Surprise, December 1917

HMS Tornado, Torrent and Surprise: Disaster by sea-mine, December 1917 This blog is occasioned by the forthcoming 100th Anniversary on December 23rd of a now largely-forgotten tragedy in which over 250 Royal Navy personnel died within a few hours. German UC-Class minelaying U-boat The First World War at sea saw very few large-scale [...]

HMS Tornado, Torrent and Surprise, December 1917 2017-12-16T00:16:13+00:00

HMS Calliope at Apia 1889 – Pride, Folly and Brilliant Seamanship

HMS Calliope at Apia 1889 Cyclone, Pride, Folly and Brilliant Seamanship In 1889 United States and German naval units were eyeing each other in an armed confrontation which Britain, represented by the screw corvette HMS Calliope, watched as a neutral but cautious observer.  A false move by any party could well have triggered a shooting war [...]

HMS Calliope at Apia 1889 – Pride, Folly and Brilliant Seamanship 2017-12-12T22:20:00+00:00

The Raids of HMS Doris, December 1914

The Raids of HMS Doris, December 1914 Britain declared war on the Turkish Ottoman Empire on November 5th 1914, the culmination of a complex series of events that resulted in Turkey finally throwing in her lot with Germany and Austro-Hungary. A Turkish attack on Russia brought Britain and France to the aid of her ally, [...]

The Raids of HMS Doris, December 1914 2017-12-29T20:42:28+00:00