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Prinz Eitel Friedrich 1914-15

A liner turned raider: Prinz Eitel Friedrich 1914 – 15 In the late 19th and early 20th Century the French and German navies became fixated on the idea of “Cruiser Warfare” – the individual ships operating far from home on the world’s oceans and striking at enemy seaborne trade. Britain, with enormous merchant fleet and the dependence of its [...]

Prinz Eitel Friedrich 1914-152019-08-06T17:35:24+00:00

Three Sisters vs. a French Privateer, 1811

Three Sisters Merchantman vs. a French Privateer, 1811  Throughout the Age of Fighting Sail merchant shipping – from small coastal craft to large vessels engaged in interoceanic trade - were at the mercy of privateers. These were privately owned vessels issued with “letters of marque” that authorised them to attack and capture enemy shipping. If captured [...]

Three Sisters vs. a French Privateer, 18112019-08-04T11:01:27+00:00

Imperial German Navy vs. Haiti

The Imperial German Navy vs. Haiti, 1897 and 1902 The Imperial German Navy that went to war in 1914 was essentially a creation of previous four decades. One tends to think of it in terms of its squadrons of superbly engineered battleships and battle-cruisers, designed primarily for the anticipated show-down with the Royal Navy in [...]

Imperial German Navy vs. Haiti2019-07-19T19:40:41+00:00

HMS Proserpine 1799 – Part 1

Agony by ice: HMS Proserpine, 1799 Part 1 HMS Proserpine was a 28-gun Enterprise-class frigate that entered Royal Navy service in 1777. Her career up to 1799 was worthy but unspectacular.  In January 1799 when commanded by Captain James Wallis, she was tasked with carrying the diplomat Thomas Grenville (1755 –1846) on the first leg [...]

HMS Proserpine 1799 – Part 12019-07-15T20:33:39+00:00

Penang’s connection with the German Navy

Penang's links with the German Navy in two world wars                       Fort Cornwallis today In a recent blog article, inspired by a visit to Malaysia some while back, I described Fort Cornwallis, at Georgetown, the main city on the island of Penang off [...]

Penang’s connection with the German Navy2019-07-05T21:22:50+00:00

Wit and Wisdom of Admiral “Jacky” Fisher

The Wit and Wisdom of Admiral “Jacky” Fisher Fisher in 1902 - cartoon by "Spy" Few men can have had a greater influence on naval warfare than John Fisher (1841 – 1920), later Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher. This formidable figure, a human whirlwind, was responsible for building HMS Dreadnought, thereby “making every [...]

Wit and Wisdom of Admiral “Jacky” Fisher2019-07-02T20:48:59+00:00

French Navy in Korea 1866

The French Navy in Korea in 1866 The fourth of the Dawlish Chronicles novels, Britannia’s Spartan, is set in Korea in 1882 when internal pressures and great-power interventions plunged the country into riot and chaos. A malign role is played by the “Daewongun”, the father of the weak King Gojong. Initially regent for his son, this callous [...]

French Navy in Korea 18662019-06-29T21:21:10+00:00