Tag Info

New answers tagged

6

According to Brian Lavery's "Nelson's Navy"[1], communication between the Admiralty and the fleets (at least during the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars) was performed by the navy's own vessels. As noted in a previous answer, these were refered to as despatch vessels or despatch boats[2], and the role was usually filled by a variety of schooners and ...


3

It is perhaps not strictly accurate to say warrant officers were appointed by the Board of Admiralty. In general, they actually received their warrants from the Navy Board, which was the Royal Navy's administrative body until it was merged into the Admiralty in 1832. The Navy Board kept records of candidates for a warrant. When a vacancy opens up on a ship, ...


6

For British ships of war, the usual practise was to have a single gun crew allocated to the guns on both sides of the ship. If the ship was fighting on a single side then the whole gun crew worked the gun on that side. For the great guns this was between 10-14 men depending on the size of the cannon. If fighting both sides, the gun crew split so that a ...


0

The idea that reaching distant islands would be difficult or impossible for "primitive" peoples is something commonly believed by city dwellers inexperienced with ocean sailing. If you go to Bath or Newport and start hanging out with the old timers there, they can quickly disabuse you of the notion that sailing to Rapa Nui is impossible. In fact, if you ...



Top 50 recent answers are included