04.08.19 A long hiatus after a holiday in the USA and an unwelcome stay in hospital – on to the Channel fleet’s first cruise of 1793 then biographies of J Drew, Sir W Hotham and G Duff with revisions of Sir G Bowyer, Sir C Douglas and Sir C Parker.
30.06.2019 Cricket, cycling an gardening holding things up, but next along is an article on Captain Lumsdaine’s confusion with Lord Hood’s orders, followed by bios on R Barlow, J Ellison and R Bury, followed by revisions of Sir D Dent, F Maitland, and J Leveson-Gower.
26.05.2019 To follow – an article on the Nymphe v Cleopatre, biographies of D Atkins, J Ommanney and J Sanders, and revisions of M Robinson, R Edwards and J Elliot.
06.05.2019 Next up, an article on the capture of the Hyena and the deprivations suffered on Haiti by some of her crew, followed by biographies of W Peacock, J Jones and P Silvester and updates of Ld Barham, Sir R King and J Faulknor.
26.04.19 coming up – an article on the Venus v Semillante, followed by biographies of Lord W Stuart, C Dilkes and E Heywood plus revisions of Sir T Pye, J Evans and A Wilkinson.
13.04.2019 To follow – an article on the re-capture of a Spanish treasure ship from a French privateer, biographies of J Thompson, M Kerr and F Warren, and re-visits to the Earl of St. Vincent, P Fotheringham and G Ourry.
31.03.2019 Next up is an article on Admiral Gardner’s Leeward Islands campaign of 1793, followed by bios on S Ferris, Hon. A Cochrane and G R Collier, plus revisions of A Graeme, C Fielding, and J Duckworth.
18.03.2019 Next up is an article on the Navy ‘s preparation for war in 1793, plus bios on Sir G Parker, J Perkins and P Beaver, as well as revisits to J Montagu, R Braithwaite and J Symons.
04.03.2019 So, on to the French Revolutionary War with an article on the Brest batteries firing on the Childers before the declaration of war, followed by bios of G Tobin, J Elphinstone and Sir R Strachan. Concurrently I’m going to re-visit T Pringle, J Dacres and E Pellew to see whether additional material can be added.
24.02.2019 Next up, an article on the capture of the islands of Miquelon and St. Pierre in 1778 and biographies of E Pakenham, W Essington and N Portlock.
19.02.2019 To come, an article on the Ulysses v Surveillantew from 1779, then bios of R Barrie, J Sykes and V Ballard.
11.02.2019 An article on Lieutenant Gaborian’s unique capture of an American privateer captain in 1777 then bios of S Swaine, T Manby, and J Baker.
31.01.2019 Next up is an article on the capture, imprisonment and escape of Josias Rogers in 1776, followed by biographies of H Roberts, Z Mudge and P Puget
22.01.2019 The Peace of 1783-92 has now been completed. Before tackling the French Revolutionary War i’m going to do some revisions on the work posted to date whilst getting up to date with biographies. So, next biographies are H Nicholls, Sir W S Smith, and W Broughton, whilst The Battle of Ushant and the moonlight Battle will be updated.
14.01.2019 Next is an article on Lord Macartney’s embassy to China, and biographies on Eliab Harvey, R C Reynolds, and G B Westcott.
10.01.2019 To come, an article on an unmade lieutenant’ hardship following an East India company shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, followed by biographies of J Doling, Lord Northesk, and W Locker.
05.01.2019 Next up is an article on Admiral Duncan fighting an Edinburgh mob in 1792, followed by bios of H Curzon, J Dilkes, and C Cobb
26.12.2018 Hopefully there is enough material to write about Captain Beavers attempt to establish a colony on a small island in 1792, then bios of J Cotes, G Murray and H Warre.
18.12.2018 To follow- an article on the imprisonment and release of the Navy’s first black captain, John Perkins, followed by biographies of C Tyler, G Lindsay and M Smith.
09.12.2018 Coming up next is an article on the peace time engagement between the frigates Phoenix and Resolue, followed by biographies of W Jervis-Ricketts, V Berkeley, and R Watson.
05.12.2018 Next up is an article on Captain Bligh’s second voyage to the Pacific, followed by bios of W Young, G Campbell and T Shivers
20.11.2018 An article on Captain Vancouver’s voyage of discovery will be followed by bios of John Harper, J Halsted, J Pilford and I Schomberg.
09.11.2018 Next up is an article on the Russian Armament of 1791 then bios of D Woodriff, R. Byron, C Cole and E Brenton.
14.10.2018 an article on the wreck of the Endymion to follow, with bios on W Butterfield, Sir R King (2), J Giffard, E Osborne, and J Bligh
09.10.2018 To follow is an article concerning a tyrannical lieutenant aboard the Melampus, and then bios of J Colnett, T Peyton, Hon. R Stopford, R Forbes and J Hutt.
25.09.2018 Next up is an article on the Spanish Armament of 1790 with bios on Lord Camelford, E Riou, G Tripp and G Vancouver.
12.09.2018. An article to come on the Guardian’s encounter with an iceberg, then bios of C Nesham, T Gosselin, Lord Paulet, E Brace, E Foote, and J Gore.
29.08.2018 Biographies to come of J Cornwallis, R Moorsom, J Whitby, F Austen, L Halsted and H Downman, together with an article on how a midshipman by the name of Nesham found himself in Paris with a crown on his head
22.08.2018. Time in the Alps is the excuse this time – but an article will follow on Commodore Cornwallis’ expedition to India and a biography of J Salisbury.
26.07.2018. After long delays caused by a holiday in the southern states of the USA, the World Cup. Cricket, and the Tour de France, I’ve finally completed the article on Mutiny on the Bounty, so now there are bios of P Heywood, P Pipon and T Staines to follow, together with an article on the Kings Review of the Fleet in 1789.
10.06.2018 A bio of I. Smith to come, and then an article on the Mutiny on the Bounty.
31.05.2018 Articles to follow on the dispute over naval promotions, Captain Dawson’s dismissal from the navy, and an overview of 1788.
12.05.2018 An article to follow on Captain Coffin’s dismissal and reinstatement over false musters, plus bios on I Coffin, C. Sandys, Sir J Barclay, and Sir S Hood.
05.05.2018 With the cricket season coming into play entries to the website might be less frequent – bios to come on J Walker, C Chamberlayne, J Samber, P Bertie, T Byard, A Edgar, H Ball, W Daniel and S. Barker then an overview of 1787.
19.04.2018. Bios to follow on A Phillip, W Bradley, P.G. King, H. L. Bird, and M de Courcy, then an article on the Dutch Armament of 1787.
29.03.2018 Bios to follow on S H Inglefield, B Hallowell, H Whitby and Hon J C Pitt followed by an article on the sailing of the First Fleet to Australia.
18.03.2018 Next up comes 1786, when apart from a salacious trial involving Captain and Mrs Inglefield nothing happened!
17.03.2018 Next up is an article on Admiral Vernon’s balloon ride, the summary for 1785, and a bio of Sir H Prescott, plus updates on I Prescott, S Lutwidge, C Phipps, S Reeve, F Banks, Sir A Hamond, and C Hudson.
08.03.2018 Bios to come on C Collingwood, W Collingwood and J Wallis, followed by an article on the wife-beating Captain Prescott
06.03.2018 Bios to come on W Carthew, J Stone, P Minchin, S. Osborne and W Bentinck, with articles on Commodore Douglas’ recall from Halifax and Captain Nelson’s attempt to enforce the Navigation Laws in the Leeward Islands.
22.02.2018 The American Revolutionary War finished at last. That’s 138 articles and 419 biographies in 27 months. Nothing for it but to crack on with the rest of the project now. 1784, a quiet year, comes next with an article on Lord Hood’s attempt to get elected as the MP for Westminster and another article on Lieutenant William Carthew’s bitter captivity in India and his return to civilisation.
20.02.2018 Bio to come on G Monke, then an article on the loss of the Cato and a review of 1783, whereupon the American Revolutionary War is finished – for now!
11.02.2018 Next up are bios on T Jones, W Allen, W Clark, R M’douall, J Clark, and if possible C Halliday, plus an article on a personal dispute involving Sir James Wallace.
06.02.2018 Bios to come on R Murray and W O’Hara, plus an article on the Battle of Cuddalore.
25.01.2018 Two articles to come on the Hussar v Sibylle and the mutiny on the Janus, plus bios on J W Payne and T M Russell.
20.01.2018 1782 completed! On to an overview of 1783 and an attempt at an article on an inconclusive action between the Magicienne and the Sibylle, a biography of W Knell, then the Leander’s action with a mystery ship!.
18.01.2018 Bios to come on T Taylor, C Stirling, R Boger, W Domett, and if possible J Reynolds, followed by a tidy-up of 1782 then on to 1783.
11.01.2018 Bios to follow on J Kempthorne, R R Burgess, J Trigge and an article on Lord Howe’s Relief of Gibraltar
01.01.2018 Bios to come on S. Moriarty, H Inman, R Keats and E Nagle followed by an article on the London v Scipion.
17.12.2017 Next up is a biography on J Blankett, followed by articles on the Central Atlantic Hurricane of September 1782, and the capture of the French frigate Aigle.
05.12.2017 Bio of J S Smith to come, with articles on the Rainbow v Hebe and the Grand Assault on Gibraltar.
24.11.2017 Biography to come of P Durham and of J Crispo, followed by an article on the Battle of Trincomale.
16.11.2017 A biography of Samuel Graves (2) followed by articles on Captain Talbot and the Wreck of the EI Grosvenor, and the Sinking of the Royal George.
09.11.2017 Bios to come on R Barbor, J Aylmer, R Lucas H. Pigot (1), G A Keppel, and H Savage, followed by articles on the wreck of Captain Thornbrough’s frigate Blonde and the Battle of Negapatam.
30.10.2017 I’m going to see if there is enough material for biographies of C Craven, T Durrell and T Piercey, followed by bios of T Parr, D Maclellan, C Hughes and H Newcome, then a very big article on the Battle of the Saintes.
24.10.2017 Biographies to come on Sir R Hughes, W Cayley, Lord Hervey and R Bowen, followed by an article on the Battle of Providen.
17.10.2017 Next up – an article on the Channel Fleet campaign of 1782
15.10.2017 Bios to come on W Stevens, H Reynolds, A Reddall. P Rainier, R Montagu and A Christie, followed by an article on the Success v Santa Catalina
13.10.2017 Bios to follow on W Fahie, Lord Cranstoun, J M’Laurin, G Wilson and T. West, followed by an article on the Battle of Sadras
08.10.2017 Overview of 1782 to come, then an article on the Battle of St. Kitts.
06.10.2017 Bios on Alexander Hood and Henry Cromwell, followed by a revision of the 1781 overview and then its another year finished.
23.09.2017 Bios to come on T Wells, G Palmer, J Ardesoif, N Charrington, G Bowen, C H Everitt, E Bowater and T Graves followed by an article on Rear-Admiral Kempenfelt’s attack on a French convoy.
04.09.2017 Holidays, cricket, and the illness and passing of my much loved mother have delayed work, but next article is on the Battle of the Chesapeake.
02.08.2017 – Not enough info available on Thomas Boston, so moving on to the Battle of the Doggersbank, and bios of R M Sutton, M Waghorn, G Robertson, and John Ferguson.
25.07.2017 Biographies to come on J King and J Bourchier, followed by articles on the mutiny aboard the Santa Monica and the Battle of Cape Breton. If enough information is available then I’ll try a bio of Thomas Boston.
11.07.2017 Cricket season and Tour de France taking its toll on the workload, but an article to come on the Trepassey and Atlanta v Alliance, the Battle of St. Mary, and bios on E Herbert, S Edwards and an article on the Channel fleet campaign of 1781.
20.06.2017 – biographies to follow on C Knatchbull, R H Bickerton, W Finch, E T Smith, and J Stanhope followed by articles on Canada v Leocadia and Nonsuch v Actif.
06.06.2017 – Biographies on J Alms, T Pasley, J Pigott, P. Auvergne, H Darby, C Wood and Hon T. Lumley, followed by an article on the Battle of Fort Royal.
25.05.2017 – Biographies to follow on J Purvis, H Trollope, J Williams and C Wolseley followed by an article on the Battle of Porto Praya.
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 – 1780 finished bar some tidying up, so on to an overview of 1781 followed by an article on the raid on St. Eustatius.
20.04.2017 – Catching up after a welcome holiday in Tenerife, so bios to come on T Dumaresq, P Carteret, J Inglefield, Sir W. Stirling, J Gell, S H Walker, Sir T Rich, and G Wilkinson, followed by an article on the Isis v Rotterdam.
29.03.2017 – Articles to come on the Vestal’s capture of some important despatches, a row between Admirals Arbuthnot and Rodney, biographies of Hon J Rodney and Gideon Johnstone, 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