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Hell and High Water: HMS Nautilus, 1807 – Part 1

Hell and High Water: HMS Nautilus, 1807 Part 1 In November 1806 a Royal Navy squadron commanded by Admiral Sir John Duckworth (1748 – 1817) was sent to reconnoitre the Dardanelles as a preliminary for a move against Constantinople (now Istanbul) in what would be the Anglo-Turkish War of 1807-1809. Attached to the force was [...]

Hell and High Water: HMS Nautilus, 1807 – Part 12020-02-21T22:07:36+00:00

Guest Blog by Chris Durbin

Guest Blog by Chris Durbin Author of the Carlisle and Holbrooke series Introduction by Antoine Vanner: As author Chris Durbin tells in the introduction to the article he contributes below, I met him at the Weymouth Leviathan Literary Festival in 2016, at which I ran a workshop on plotting of historical novels and he was a [...]

Guest Blog by Chris Durbin2020-02-18T22:28:42+00:00

Chesapeake – Leopard Incident, 1807

The Chesapeake – Leopard Incident, 1807 The three-year “War of 1812“between Britain and the United States, brought no great benefit to either nation. Though the issues involved were complex, one in particular, the British claim of the right to search neutral vessels for deserters from the Royal Navy, had the power to trigger American outrage [...]

Chesapeake – Leopard Incident, 18072020-01-26T12:10:55+00:00

Imperial Chinese Navy’s Rendel Cruisers

A Flawed Concept – The Imperial Chinese Navy's doomed "Rendel Cruisers" In my novel Britannia’s Spartan, set in 1882, an important role is played by a cruiser of the Imperial Chinese Navy, the Fu Ching. She is the fictional sister of two warships the Yang Wei and the Chao Yung, that did indeed serve in that navy. For a short period [...]

Imperial Chinese Navy’s Rendel Cruisers2020-01-14T21:42:16+00:00