This first-person account of the Battle of Trafalgar comes to us from Lieutenant Paul Harris Nicholas, Royal Marines, who was serving aboard the HMS Belleisle at the time. It was given aboard the HMS Bijou in 1829. I was […]
Lord Nelson’s reputation as one of the greatest naval minds of the Napoleonic Era is not a modern invention. He was considered a hero during his lifetime, long before Trafalgar, to the extent that many […]
“…Then United States, forty-four, and our Macedonian, thirty-eight, had a fight off the Azores, and Macedonian struck to the Americans. Two of our frigates and a sloop have struck to the Americans, and not one […]
Sir Joseph Banks was a naturalist who undoubtedly inspired the character of Sir Joseph Blaine, Stephen’s colleague in several endeavors. But the real Sir Joseph Banks made a unique contribution to modern culture as discussed […]
“You refer to the swearing-in. No. That applies only to lieutenants – you go to the Admiralty and they read you a piece about allegiance and supremacy and utterly renouncing the Pope; you feel very […]
“Ideas upon matters of honour are altogether different in the two kingdoms. Before now I have given Englishmen provocation that would necessarily have called for a meeting in Ireland, with no result. We should call […]
*SPOILERS* Captain’s Log Friday Oct. 5 1804 P.M. Light Airs and Calms. Employed Blacking the [Beams B%] – St. Mary’s NNE 5 Leagues A.M. Light breezes and Clear. Squadron in Co[mpany].
Behold a delightful series of drawings made in 1820 by Captain Frederick Marryat (author of Mr. Midshipman Easy) about his life as a midshipman circa 1806 – 1812. They are definitely not “high art”, but […]