1777 Overview

 Vice-Admiral Lord Howe, commanding the North American station, began the year by enforcing a strict blockade of the American coast, and then as the war progressed he set sail with his brother, General Sir William Howe, to hasten its end by capturing the jewel in the...

The Foudroyant on Cruise – May to August 1777

In September 1775 the highly regarded Captain John Jervis was appointed to what could only be considered a plum command that was worthy of him – the twenty-five year-old French built Foudroyant 80, which had been captured by Admiral Henry Osborn’s fleet off Cartagena...