1781 Overview

  Admiral Sir George Rodney, who had recently been joined by the resourceful Rear-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood with eight sail of the line, opened the 1781 Leeward Islands campaign by capturing the Dutch islands of St. Eustatius and St. Martin on 3 February. The...

1780 Overview

  Following Sir George Rodney’s return from France, where he had flown to escape his creditors, Britain was at last able to place one of her most skilful, if unpopular, admirals in charge of a major fleet. Appointed commander-in-chief of the strategically...

Three Exciting Projects – Can you help?

My good friend Michel Bataillard, who has contributed much useful information to this website, is seeking help with three projects that he is currently working on. If you are able to help then please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Michel. 1 – He is...

Work Status

22.05.2017 Bios now on Gideon Johnstone, and Smith Child followed by an article on the Relief of Gibraltar in April 1781. 11.05.2017 – Bios to come on Hon J Chetwynd, W Nowell and Hon. S Finch, followed by an article on the Battle of Cape Henry 01.05.2017...

1779 Overview

  On 16 June Spain formally entered the war against Great Britain, and concocting a plan with the French to attack either Portsmouth or Plymouth they contributed to a sixty-six strong fleet that assembled off the Lizard prior to entering the Channel under the...