Princess Alice Disaster 1878

The Princess Alice Disaster, 1878 Though it is now largely forgotten, one of  Britain's worst maritime catastrophes occurred  on the River Thames in 1878 , just downriver from London when the excursion steamer Princess Alice was sunk in a collision. It is strange that some disasters, such as the loss of the Titanic in 1912, live on in [...]

Princess Alice Disaster 18782020-11-13T19:31:34+00:00

Guest Blog: The Ambush of SS Persia, 1915

Guest Blog by Alan Wren The Ambush of SS Persia, 1915 Introduction by Antione Vanner: I wrote a blog article some time ago (click here) about two tragedies that happened on the same day, December 30th 1915. One was the loss by accidental magazine explosion of the Royal Navy armoured cruiser HMS Natal at [...]

Guest Blog: The Ambush of SS Persia, 19152020-10-20T19:40:56+00:00

HMS Black Joke engages a slaver, 1831

HMS Black Joke engages a slaver, 1831 Following Britain’s abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807 and end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the Royal Navy was to be involved in suppression of the trade in the North and South Atlantic until about 1860. Earlier blogs (Click here and here) have illustrated the hazards [...]

HMS Black Joke engages a slaver, 18312020-10-16T18:55:13+00:00

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 Wager2020-09-04T18:59:06+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
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