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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, 18072020-03-06T17:03:15+00:00

French oared-galleys in British Waters – 1707

An epic stand against French oared-galleys in British Waters – 1707 When one thinks of battles involving oared galleys one thinks automatically of actions in the Mediterranean. The lot of a galley-slave chained to an oar must have been dreadful enough in the warm and usually calm waters of that sea, but it must [...]

French oared-galleys in British Waters – 17072020-03-06T17:13:40+00:00

Franco-Prussian Battle of Havana 1870

The Franco-Prussian Battle of Havana, 1870 The Prussian navy, a weak force composed mainly of gunboats, played an insignificant, if sometimes heroic, role in the three wars that led to proclamation of the German Empire in 1871. These were against Denmark (1864), Austria, Bavaria and other German States (1866) and France (1870-71).  Small as [...]

Franco-Prussian Battle of Havana 18702020-03-06T17:15:44+00:00

HMS Phaeton’s ruse – 1795

 A ruse to escape annihilation: HMS Phaeton, 1795  Cornwallis The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars saw very large numbers of battles at sea between small numbers of ships, but few in which entire squadrons engaged and yet fewer fleet actions on the scale of the Nile, Camperdown or Trafalgar. On one occasion however a medium-sized Royal Navy squadron [...]

HMS Phaeton’s ruse – 17952020-03-06T17:18:28+00:00