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Guest Blog by Penelope Fisher – Lord Fisher

Guest Blog by Penelope Fisher "Sea Lord and Me" Introduction by Antoine Vanner:    Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Fisher Copyright R.Fisher I have been fascinated for decades by the character and achievements of Admiral Lord John “Jacky” Fisher (1841 - 1920). A human whirlwind who revolutionized not just the Royal [...]

Guest Blog by Penelope Fisher – Lord Fisher2020-10-09T20:29:20+00:00

HMS Pelorus, 2000 miles up the Amazon, 1909

A British cruiser 2000 miles up the Amazon: HMS Pelorus 1909 As a prisoner on HMS Bellerophon, prior to his exile on St. Helena, Napoleon told its commander, Captain Maitland, that, "If it had not been for you English, I should have been Emperor of the East; but wherever there is water to float [...]

HMS Pelorus, 2000 miles up the Amazon, 19092020-10-02T15:51:21+00:00

Admiral Charles Wager

Admiral Charles Wager’s first step in a meteoric career I dipped some time ago into a magnificently titled 19th Century book called: “THRILLING NARRATIVES OF MUTINY, MURDER AND PIRACY, a weird series of tales of shipwreck and disaster,from the earliest part of the century to the present time,with accounts of providential escapes and heart-rending fatalities” [...]

Admiral Charles Wager2020-12-15T21:10:03+00:00

Armada Underdogs? Guest Blog by J.D. Davies

Guest Blog by J.D. Davies One of the pleasures for me of having embarked on historical naval fiction has been meeting so many interesting people who are active in the same genre. Of these, D.D. Davies is one of the most fascinating, for he not only writes enjoyable novels but is also a distinguished [...]

Armada Underdogs? Guest Blog by J.D. Davies2020-09-01T17:25:21+00:00

The Novara scientific expedition, 1857-59

The Novara scientific expedition, 1857-59 Title page of the official report on the Novara Expedition The Natural History (Naturhistorisches) museum in Vienna, Austria, is one of the largest – and most impressive – institutions of its type in the world. My wife and I spent two days there in September 2016 and we could [...]

The Novara scientific expedition, 1857-592020-08-28T19:56:36+00:00

HMS Bellona vs. Courageux Duel: 1761

HMS Bellona vs. Courageux Duel: 1761 Devotees of naval history and fiction will know that the “74”, the so-called Third- Rate ships of the line, were the backbone of the fleets of the major European powers in the period 1756-1815. Though the type is primarily thought of as British, the original concept, dating from the 1740s, [...]

HMS Bellona vs. Courageux Duel: 17612020-08-14T18:50:15+00:00

First Blood at Sea, 1914: HMS Amphion & SMS Königin Luise

First Blood 1914: HMS Amphion and SMS Königin Luise On 4th August 1914 Germany rejected the British ultimatum to withdraw from neutral Belgium, which had been invaded in the preceding days. From 2300 hrs that evening both countries were at war.  Britain’s Royal Navy was already on a war footing and sweeps of the North Sea were already [...]

First Blood at Sea, 1914: HMS Amphion & SMS Königin Luise2020-08-07T17:15:11+00:00

Wreck of the Rothsay Castle 1831

The Wreck of the Rothsay Castle 1831 A number of articles on this blog site have dealt with 19th Century shipping disasters. There is a horrible fascination about them since they illustrate how the management of civilian shipping was often so lackadaisical and how command, control and management techniques did not keep pace with [...]

Wreck of the Rothsay Castle 18312020-08-04T15:42:52+00:00
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