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HMS Calliope at Apia 1889 – Pride, Folly and Brilliant Seamanship

HMS Calliope at Apia 1889 Cyclone, Pride, Folly and Brilliant Seamanship In 1889 United States and German naval units were eyeing each other in an armed confrontation which Britain, represented by the screw corvette HMS Calliope, watched as a neutral but cautious observer.  A false move by any party could well have triggered a shooting war [...]

HMS Calliope at Apia 1889 – Pride, Folly and Brilliant Seamanship 2017-12-12T22:20:00+00:00

The Raids of HMS Doris, December 1914

The Raids of HMS Doris, December 1914 Britain declared war on the Turkish Ottoman Empire on November 5th 1914, the culmination of a complex series of events that resulted in Turkey finally throwing in her lot with Germany and Austro-Hungary. A Turkish attack on Russia brought Britain and France to the aid of her ally, [...]

The Raids of HMS Doris, December 1914 2017-12-08T20:15:25+00:00

HMS Quebec vs Surveillante Duel 1779

HMS Quebec vs. Surveillante - 1779 Perhaps the most ferocious frigate action ever? Single ship actions, usually between frigates, are remembered as some of the most dramatic actions of the Age of Fighting Sail. They captured the imagination of the public in their own time, making heroes of captains like Pellew and Cochrane, who gained [...]

HMS Quebec vs Surveillante Duel 1779 2017-12-02T11:37:03+00:00

The Worship of Naval Power – 1900

The Worship of Naval Power - 1900 The two decades before the outbreak of the First World War saw naval power being perceived as an essential feature of any self-respecting nation’s power and prestige. Captain, and later Admiral, Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) of the US Navy was to be the supreme apostle of this view [...]

The Worship of Naval Power – 1900 2017-11-28T21:24:16+00:00

Bombardment and U-Boat action off Gaza – November 1917

Bombardment and U-Boat action off Gaza – November 1917 November 1917 saw the key battles that allowed British and Australian forces to break through from the Sinai Peninsula and into Palestine.  Turkish and German defences extended from the Mediterranean at Gaza to Beersheba, some 35 miles inland in the desert. Earlier efforts, in March and [...]

Bombardment and U-Boat action off Gaza – November 1917 2017-11-24T22:56:45+00:00

The Wreck of HMS Venerable, 1804

The Wreck of HMS Venerable, 1804 The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars locked Britain and France into almost twenty-two years of continuous warfare from 1793 and conflict at sea was a critical part of this. What is surprising however is how few ships were actually destroyed in combat. Whether in large fleet actions or in “single [...]

The Wreck of HMS Venerable, 1804 2017-11-17T23:04:33+00:00

Loss of HMS Viknor 13th January 1915

The Loss of HMS Viknor 13th January 1915  In January 1915 the First World War at sea was ramping up as the German submarine and mine technology began to take an ever increasing toll on British naval and merchant shipping. The vast majority of the losses sustained are wholly forgotten today, except by the families [...]

Loss of HMS Viknor 13th January 1915 2017-11-15T11:33:15+00:00

The Loss of HMS Romney 1804

The Loss of HMS Romney 1804 One thinks today of the services of marine pilots being confined to bringing vessels in and out of specific ports. From the moment a pilot steps on board the responsibility for navigation rests on his shoulders. In earlier centuries however the role of pilots often covered much larger areas, especially those [...]

The Loss of HMS Romney 1804 2017-11-14T10:28:41+00:00

The Mutiny on De Zeven Provinciën (1933)

The Mutiny on De Zeven Provinciën (1933) The Netherlands was at peace in Europe from 1830 until 1940, and faced little external threat for much of this time. Until the first decade of the 20th Century a coast-defence navy was considered adequate for homeland protection but high standards of efficiency were demanded, as befitted the [...]

The Mutiny on De Zeven Provinciën (1933) 2017-11-04T11:30:15+00:00