1792 Overview

 In 1792 war clouds gathered over Britain as revolutionary France took up arms against her continental neighbours. The Prime Minister, William Pitt, was initially averse to hostilities and was more intent on making economies in the armed forces, and so when France...

1791 Overview

 March Vice-Admiral Lord Hood began to commission a fleet of thirty-six sail of the line when concern over Russia’s territorial ambitions threatened to invoke Britain’s Triple Alliance with Prussia and the Netherlands. Eventually, opposition to a possible war in...

1790 Overview

  A crisis known as the ‘Spanish Armament’ developed during April that was by far the most serious since the end of the American Revolutionary war. Britain and Spain clashed over the rights to Nookta Sound on the North American Pacific coast, and although the...

1789 Overview

  The year of 1789 would become one of the most infamous in the history of the Navy when elements of the crew of the Bounty, which had been sent to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti, mutinied against their commander, Lieutenant William Bligh on 28 April....