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April 29, 2019

Abel Tasman was born in 1603 in a small village in rural Holland. Little is known about his early life, but this was a time when his country was rapidly becoming the great maritime power of Europe. Dutch merchant fleets were opening up the world, and the all-powerful D...

April 22, 2019

Napoleon Bonaparte was a military genius whose downfall came from two catastrophic errors of judgement. One, his decision to invade Russia in 1812, has been widely studied. But just as significant was his earlier decision in 1808 to depose the Spanish Royal Family and...

April 15, 2019

Boarding is when the crew of a ship attempt to capture another by forcing their way onboard. For much of naval history it has been the main way of resolving battles at sea. Ancient war galleys, such as those of the Greeks and Persians were armed with heavy rams to pier...

April 8, 2019

In 1711, three worn-out ships limped up the river Thames and dropped anchor on the edge of London. Their patched sails and stained paintwork spoke of many months away from home. Two of the ships, the frigates Duke and Duchess were British privateers. The third, much la...

April 1, 2019

What should the world make of Admiral George Rodney? On the one hand he was undoubtedly a vain, grasping, selfish man who actively supported the slave trade. On the other hand he promoted John Perkins, the Royal Navy’s first black commanding officer; saved thousands of...

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