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Forging a partnership- Nelson and Hardy

Nelson and Hardy – forging a partnership We have encountered HMS Blanche before, in her furious duel in January 1795, in the middle years of the Revolutionary War between Britain and France. In the process she captured the French frigate Pique, off Guadeloupe (Click here to read this earlier blog). Blanche, a 32-gun frigate, had still four years of [...]

Forging a partnership- Nelson and Hardy2022-01-21T09:57:58+00:00

Fight against the Riff Pirates 1848-51

The Royal Navy vs. the Riff Pirates 1848-51 The Barbary pirates of North Africa were a scourge to maritime trade for many centuries. It was only in the nineteenth century that major naval and military campaigns – most notably the US Navy’s and Marine Corps’ intervention on “the Shores of Tripoli”, the Anglo-Dutch action [...]

Fight against the Riff Pirates 1848-512022-01-13T18:59:40+00:00

Popular Dawlish Chronicles Blogs of 2021

5 Most Popular Dawlish Chronicles Blogs of 2021 2021 saw sustained activities on the Antoine Vanner Writing-Front, Covid-19 notwithstanding. The tenth book of the Dawlish Chronicles, Britannia’s Guile, was published in December (click here for details) and blog articles continued to appear regularly. These last relate to all aspects of naval and maritime history in the [...]

Popular Dawlish Chronicles Blogs of 20212021-12-31T20:53:19+00:00

Bayonnaise and HMS Ambuscade action, 1798

The Bayonnaise and HMS Ambuscade action, 1798 On my blog I have dealt several times with single-ship actions during the Age of Fighting Sail, the protagonists being mainly British and French, though the Americans do figure in 1812-15. In most cases British victory over the French seems to have been all but pre-ordained, for the Royal Navy had reached [...]

Bayonnaise and HMS Ambuscade action, 17982021-12-17T19:34:40+00:00

Indefatigable vs. Droits de l’Homme

HMS Indefatigable vs. Droits de l’Homme  Desperate action in storm and darkness  1797 Besides their few major fleet actions, the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars saw many vicious encounters between small numbers of French and British ships which have since provided the inspiration for much naval fiction. One of the most ferocious of these battles was fought [...]

Indefatigable vs. Droits de l’Homme2021-12-11T11:26:22+00:00

Crimean War’s North Pacific Theatre 1854

The Crimean War’s North Pacific Theatre: Petropavlovsk, August 1854 The most common image of the Crimean War (1854 – 56) is of Britain’s Light Brigade charging to death and glory against Russian guns at Balaclava. Almost equally well known are the epics of the ”Thin Red Line” and of the Storming of the Redan, [...]

Crimean War’s North Pacific Theatre 18542021-12-04T14:04:39+00:00

Battle of Caulk’s Field 1814

Caulk’s Field: the Death of Captain Sir Peter Parker, 1814 The British attack on Baltimore in mid-September 1814, and the heroic defence of Fort McHenry, is one of the most widely remembered incidents of the War of 1812, since it was to inspire the writing of the American national anthem. It was however preceded [...]

Battle of Caulk’s Field 18142021-11-23T10:07:07+00:00

6ths at bay – HMS Flamborough and HMS Bideford, 1760

HMS Flamborough and HMS Bideford - Outgunned but Defiant, 1760 The term “post ship” was applied in the Royal Navy to Sixth-Rate vessels, and referred to the fact that they were the smallest ships that could be commanded by a post-captain. They were in effect miniature frigates, ship-rigged, some hundred feet long and around [...]

6ths at bay – HMS Flamborough and HMS Bideford, 17602021-11-17T12:09:44+00:00
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