29.03.2017 – Articles to come on the Vestal’s capture of some important despatches, a row between Admirals Arbuthnot and Rodney, a biography of Hon J Rodney, and an article on the great hurricane in the Leeward Islands.
23.03.2017 – Articles coming up on the loss of Captain Moutray’s convoy, Flora v Nymphe and Bienfaisant v Comte d’Artois, plus biographies on E Thornbrough and Hon. T Cadogan.
17.03.2017 A biography to come on C Inglis (1) and articles on the Nonsuch v Belle Poule, a busy ten days for the sloop Porcupine, and the loss of Captain Moutray’s convoy.
14.03.2017 – upcoming biographies are on Hon. G Falconer, T Wilkinson, C Ommanney and Hon G. Murray followed by an article on the brief action between Cornwallis and de Ternay on the Jamaican station
07.03.2017 – biographies upcoming on Sir C Saxton, P Leslie and J Faulknor Jnr, followed by an article on the Apollo v Stanislas and the death of Captain Pownall.
28.02.2017 – biographies to come on J Bradby, J Macartney, G A Byron, R Cotton, S Douglas, R Calder, Waldegrave and W Fox, followed by an article on the Spanish fireship attack on Gibraltar.
25.02.2017 – biographies to come on J Hawkins-Whitshed, F Hartwell, R Man, and J Thomas followed by an article on the Channel Fleet campaign of 1780.
18.02.2017 – I’m going to take slight deviation and work on a few biographies that have been requested recently, these are:- H Bromedge, P Browne, T Gaborian, W Garnier, R Palliser Cooper, and T Tonken.
05.02.2017 – bios on C Gayton, M Everitt, G Gayton, Viscount Keith and A S Douglas followed by an article on the remainder of the Leeward Islands campaign inthe summer of 1780.
31.01.2017 – Bios to come on T Watson, J Holloway, C Cotton, G Home and W Fooks followed by an article ion the capture of Charleston
25.01.2017 – Bios to follow on C Buckner, Hon. T Pakenham, B Glover, J Cowling and G H Stephens then an article on the Battle of Martinique.
17.01.2017 Bios to come on J Bourmaster, J L Douglas, E. Gower, E Thompson, H. Seymour-Conway, T Louis, King William IV and S Wallis, followed by articles on the capture of the Protee and Cornwallis’ action in the Windward Passage.
12.01.2017 1779 completed at last. Overview of 1780 to follow, together with biographies on F Geary and J Harvey followed by article on the Moonlight Battle,
08.01.2017 – I’m holding back the biography of B James as I’ve come across his thoroughly readable journal. Instead I’m moving on to articles on the Quebec v Surveillante, Hyde Parker’s capture of a French convoy, and finally for 1779, the detention of a neutral Dutch convoy, coupled with biographies of R George, T Newnham and C Thompson.
31.12.2016 – Have finally managed to post something on the Battle of Flamborough Head, or the Bonhomme Richard v Serapis – very tricky given all the conflicting reports and mutual propaganda surrounding this engagement. Now on to a biography of Sir Richard Pearson followed by an article on the Navy at the siege of Savannah, a biography of R Fisher and of T Mackenzie, then an article on the Omoa Campaign with biographies of Hon. J Luttrell, C Parker, J Pakenham, and B James
24.12.2016 – As I need a full day to cut through all the hype and conflicting opinions surrounding the Bonhomme Richard v Serapis engagement I’ve been able to add a number of biographies in the meantime. – J Wheate, R Home, G Farmer, T Lloyd (1) R B Nicholas and F W Drake
08.12.2016 – bios to come on J Cleland, J Nott, S Cornish, T Penny, P Affleck, H St. John, and T Burnet, followed by an article on Serapis v Bonhomme Richard
25.11.2016 – There are lots of bios arising out of he channel fleet Retreat article, so Im going to split them up with another article: Bios will be D Graves, B Hartwell, J Stanton, A Innes, J Dalrymple and S Thompson, followed y an article on the Pearl v Santa Monica
09.11.2016 – Bios to come on J Elphinstone, W Truscott, N Bateman, R Carkett, W Affleck and Lord Rodney, followed by an article on the Channel fleet retreat of August 1779
07.11.2016 – A big one next – the Battle of Grenada
16.10.2016 – After further delays caused by preparing the house for building work I’m hopefully back on track. Bios to follow on J Rogers, Sir J Collins, A Sutherland, T Howe, A Barkley, Sir J Orde, J Howarth and T Farnham, followed by an article about a young Horatio Nelson saving the crew of a fire-stricken ship through his quick thinking.
03.09.2016 – Hi – No I’ve not gone away, but rather a busy cricket season followed by a holiday in the USA and Canada has kept me away from the site. As the nights draw in I should hopefully be able to get back to doing some work!
15.07.2016 – bios to come on E Dod, C P Hamilton, T Drury, T Spry, W Swiney and J Peyton jnr, followed by an article on Commodore Collier’s destructive campaign against the American colonies
07.07.2016 – Bios on J Williamson, a certain W Bligh and J Burney followed by an article on the ‘Battle in Cancale Bay’.
04.07.2016 – Two articles coming up – Apollo v Oiseau followed by the Death of Captain Cook.
30.06.2016 – Into 1779 with bios to come on Sir C Hardy, and then coming in at No 210 Horatio Nelson, followed immediately by James Cook and an article on a mutiny aboard the Prince George.
27.06.2016 – The only saving grace of busting my knee is that I’ve more time to update the website – bios to come of B Douglas, H Sawyer, J Brine and J Cumming then 1778 is complete and we sail into the 1779 overview
23.06.2016 – Bios to come on T Troubridge, G Young, B Marlow, J Panton, A Mitchell and C Pole followed by an article on the Battle of St. Lucia
04.06.2016 – Some bios to come arising out of the Rhode Island article – H Christian, W Otway, G Dawson, H Stanhope, J Inglis, J Watt, R Smith and H Dalrymple, followed by an article on operations off Pondicherry.
19.05.2016 – Thanks to the prolonged celebration of Bristol Rovers’ promotion and the onset of the cricket season progress has been slow – next biographies are J P Nott, J Macbride, H Bryne ,J Campbell and R Kingsmill followed by an article on the British v French fleet off Rhode Island.
29.04.2016 – The last but one batch of bios arising from the Battle of Ushant article to come – J Colpoys, G Walters, Brereton, J Rowley, Cosby, Lockhart-Ross, K Stewart and Walsingham, followed by an article on Captain Alan Gardner’s capture of a prize and his ensuing selflessness.
17.04.2016 – A further tranche of biographies arising from the Battle of Ushant – J Ford, J Lindsay, G Darby, R Digby, C Ogle, R Kempenfelt, W Bayne and M Milbanke, followed by an article on Captain Colins’ expedition to Egg Harbour. Progress may be slow as there are two Bristol Rovers matches to see this week as the Gas push for promotion. Fingers crossed!
07.04.2016 – Loads more bios to come – A Bertie, Boteler, Moutray, E Hughes, Viscount Bridport, J Laforey, M Clements and J Peyton followed by an article on the capture of the USS Raleigh.
26.03.2016 – Following Bristol Rovers over Easter is taking its toll on the workload! Bios to come on J Stott, S Goodall, Ld Mulgrave, J Cranston, J Allen, G Berkeley, M Arbuthnot, and R Roddam followed by article on the Fox v Junon
18.03.2016 – 40-odd biographies arising from the Battle of Ushant article so I’m going to break my rules and throw in an article every eight bios. so its bios of WH Kelly, S Marshall, W Burnaby, Lord Duncan, Sir J Hamilton, Ld Longford, A Fraser and R Biggs followed by Minerva v Concorde
09.03.2016 – A few more bios – B Christian, E Edwards, Lord Gambier, P Aplin, J Watt, C Petersen and M Jacobs, followed by one of the biggest articles of the project – the Battle of Ushant and the political aftermath
27.02.2016 – Lots more bios to come o the back of the Defence of New York article – W Finch, G. Johnstone, J Hawker, J Vashon, H Colins, G Keppel, R Onslow, W P Williams… and then some more
21.02.2016 – Five more bios – T Edwards, T Collingwood, H Robinson, H Harmood and J Butchart, then the next article, ‘The Defence of New York’.
15.02.2016 – Next article is the dispatch of Byron’s fleet to meet the threat to North America of the Toulon fleet with bios on F Drake (not that one) H Parker snr, W Blair, E Affleck, T Graves, J Wheelock, G Balfour and S Colby
09.02.2016 – More biographies to come: W Fairfax, R Simonton, P Patton, Lord Manners, C Fitzgerald, T Hicks, A Crespin, F Parry, R Harland, I Prescott, B Hill, F Evans and A Parrey. Looking forward to getting back to articles.
05.02.2016 – Lots of biogs to do: J. Houlton, W. Dickson (no 100!, only 1,100 to go!) G. Montagu, R Bligh, T Lloyd, T Frederick, W Young. Then a whole bunch more before the next article.
31.01.2016 – Next up is a bio of N.Vincent, articles on ‘The Battle of the Kegs’, the Yarmouth v USS Rudolph, and the Drake v John Paul Jones’ Ranger, followed by the review of the fleet by King George in May 1778 and one of the major bios, Viscount Hood.
23.01.2016 – 1777 completed along with horrible biogs on Squire and J Knight where conflicting information was prevalent. Biogs to follow on J Bazely snr, E Sutton, then overview of 1778 and major biogs of Keppel, Byron, Gambier snr, Vernon and Gardner.
12.01.2016 – Next biogs are Fitzherbert, W Cornwallis, Pownoll,J Linzee, Gidoin, Bellew, Squire and J Knight, followed by an article on capture and aftermath of a rebel privateer.
07.01.2016 – Next biographies will be John Montagu, Samuel Clayton, Hon. Thomas Windsor, Francis Reynolds, John Henry and John Hunter, Next article will be on the Philadelphia campaign of 1777
02.01.2016 – I’m currently editing and validating the year 1777. The next article will be Rainbow v Hancock. Upcoming biographies are on Digby Dent, Hon Frederick Maitland, Hon John Leveson-Gower, George Bowyer, john Brisbane and Walter Griffith.
Welcome to 2016 – A new year and the website is nearly ready to go live. Massive thanks to JP for all his great work in designing the site!
30.11.2015 – First article published