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March 25, 2019

The naval cannon during the age of sail hardly changed for the best part of three centuries. Improvements were made over time, notably more reliable metal casting and better gun tackles, but the basic design barely altered from the 16th to the end of the 18th century....

March 18, 2019

On a dark night in November 1805, the 40 gun frigate Cannoniere slipped her moorings in the French port of Cherbourg and headed out to sea on a secret mission. She was setting out on a long journey, carrying a cargo of desperately needed naval stores out to the Indian...

March 11, 2019

Plymouth is one of the Royal Navy’s most important naval bases. It has a spacious natural harbour that is well protected from the elements. It has a hinterland able to supply the city with plenty of food from the agriculturally rich West Country, together with sailors...

March 4, 2019

The Anson was one of a class of small, two decked ships of the line with 64 guns that were rushed into service during the War of American Independence. The Royal Navy had gone into that war poorly prepared for the challenges ahead, and by the late 1770s found herself f...

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