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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Fri 25 Sep 2015, 14:54

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Fri 25 Sep 2015, 21:27

A fascinating read that Trike. Particularly the suggestion of a cod war between the Icelanders and the English with attendant concerns regarding declining fish stocks in the 1400s. Plus ca change ....
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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Wed 02 Dec 2015, 15:18

Jutland veteran HMS Caroline, currently moored in Belfast, will be open to the public next year;

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Mon 14 Dec 2015, 14:04

Painting of the three deck, 112 gun, HMS St Lawrence. What is unusual about this ship is she is not at sea, but is instead on Lake Ontario. She was the RN's largest fresh water warship. Built at the Kingston Dockyard on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812, St Lawrence dominated the lake during the final few months of the war so absolutely that she never needed to fire a shot in anger;



After the war she was sold off, ending up as a storage pier for a lakeside brewery. Here she was sunk, and is now a popular diving site:

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Wed 22 Jun 2016, 14:18

The timbers of HMS Namur form part of the new "Command of the Oceans" exhibit at Chatham Historical Dockyard;

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Wed 22 Jun 2016, 14:34

22 June 1807, the Leopard- Chesapeake incident;

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Thu 23 Jun 2016, 20:56

@Triceratops wrote:
The timbers of HMS Namur form part of the new "Command of the Oceans" exhibit at Chatham Historical Dockyard;

Command of the Oceans



Read the link with great interest, Triceratops.
Was a bit puzzled by the name "Namur"...and wondered if it had something to do with our "Namur" in Belgium.
On the first sight not:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Namur_(1756)


But then I found this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Namur
"Two ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Namur, after the capture of the Belgian city of Namur by William III in 1695, whilst another was launched, but never completed:"
Now I see that old fellow from the North of Belgium. One of the flock of Willems, starting with William the Silent. Read a whole book about William III from the Dutch Wouter Troost
https://goo.gl/akDGke

And it seems that that book in its description of the Dutch time from William wasn't always appreciated by some other Dutch historians, although I found when comparing with other information it was in my opinion a fair picture of that period...

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Thu 23 Jun 2016, 21:15

@Triceratops wrote:
22 June 1807, the Leopard- Chesapeake incident;

The Chesapeake Incident




Triceratops, thanks to you I did some quick research (Wikipedia Wink ) on a war that I never fully had knowledge from...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812

Reading all this, I became aware how Britain dominated the world already in that time. In the middle of the struggle of the Napoleontic Wars they had still time and resources to counter the USA...?

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Fri 24 Jun 2016, 12:57

Paul, one of the American ships from this war, the USS Constitution, is still afloat in Boston Harbor;

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Fri 24 Jun 2016, 14:56

@PaulRyckier wrote:

Reading all this, I became aware how Britain dominated the world already in that time. In the middle of the struggle of the Napoleontic Wars they had still time and resources to counter the USA...?

Kind regards, Paul.

But surely the war of 1812 wasn't a separate conflict that Britain undertook in the midst of the Napoleonic wars ... it was an integral part of the Napoleonic Wars. The British were trying to blockade the trade from the US to France, and the US were trying to break this blockade and also, with French support, were threatening British possessions in Canada. In a similar vein the Wars in the Indian sub-continent were also between Britain with its Indian allies, and France with her allies. The Napoleonic Wars were truely a worldwide conflict.
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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Sat 25 Jun 2016, 22:00

@Meles meles wrote:
@PaulRyckier wrote:

Reading all this, I became aware how Britain dominated the world already in that time. In the middle of the struggle of the Napoleontic Wars they had still time and resources to counter the USA...?

Kind regards, Paul.

But surely the war of 1812 wasn't a separate conflict that Britain undertook in the midst of the Napoleonic wars ... it was an integral part of the Napoleonic Wars. The British were trying to blockade the trade from the US to France, and the US were trying to break this blockade and also, with French support, were threatening British possessions in Canada. In a similar vein the Wars in the Indian sub-continent were also between Britain with its Indian allies, and France with her allies. The Napoleonic Wars were truely a worldwide conflict.

 Meles meles,

you are quite right and I realized it by looking more in depth to the whole story. And it is a welcome addition to my thread about the Napoleontic wars...

Kind regards from your friend Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Yesterday at 15:16

Remnants:

The mock Tudor frontage of Liberty Department Store on Great Marlborough Street in London is made from timbers re-cycled from the Line of Battle Ships Hindostan and Impregnable ( previously Howe )


Coincidentally, the timbers of an earlier Impregnable ( subsequently renamed Kent then Caledonia ) were used in the cloisters of St Conan's Kirk on Loch Awe:

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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Yesterday at 15:27

28 March 1814; the USS Essex and the Essex Junior are captured by the Royal Navy in Valparaiso:

Battle of Valparaiso


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PostSubject: Re: Ships of the Old Navy   Today at 12:27

In Salutem Omnium

The semi submerged reef known as the Bell Rock, was, by the late 18th century, one of the most notorious hazards to shipping to be found around the British Isles, claiming on average 6 ships each winter.
Things reached a head in January 1804, when the 64 gun HMS York was lost along with her entire crew. It was now decided to build a lighthouse on the Rock.
The job was fraught with difficulty as work could only be carried out at low tide and in the summer months. None the less, between 1807 and 1811, the work was completed and the Bell Rock Lighthouse commenced operations:
Work in progress, the wooden structure on the right doubled as a temporary beacon and as workers' accommodation;



The success of the light was shown as no ships were lost on the Bell Rock for the remainder of the century.

Now fully automated, the original granite tower is still in use;

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