Captain Robert Calder of HMS Victory arrived at the Admiralty on March 8th 1797 with dispatches from Admiral Sir John Jervis: Victory, in Lagos Bay, February 16th, 1797. Sir, The hopes of falling in with […]
One aspect of Napoleonic naval warfare that is somewhat difficult for denizens of the modern age to comprehend is the position of Royal Marines on Royal Navy ships. Throughout the Aubrey/Maturin series, we have the […]
Just what kind of situation is Jack getting himself into when he takes command of the Sophie in Master and Commander?
“The pay is contemptible for a learned man – five pounds a month – and I am ashamed to mention it; but there is the chance of prize-money…
In Desolation Island and The Fortune of War, Jack Aubrey and the rest of the Royal Navy are portrayed as being quite depressed over America’s unexpected victories at sea.
Food Supplying the fleets was an immense undertaking, and was controled by the Victualing Board. The purser on each ship was in charge of supplying the food and consumables; like candles, coal, clothes (or slops […]