I had all my naval history threads/podcasts in one place, so I could find them easily, then accidentally deleted it.

And so without further ado...

Naval History Threads v1.1
The Battle of Cape St Vincent - Feb 14th 1797

A podcast chatting all things Hornblower with @hack_history, @ioangruffudd and @ImJamieBamber

Musings on mullets & middies. Of course we also discussed who pushed Capt Sawyer and whether Horatio would return! 👀


#WhatWouldHoratioDo #RebootHornblower
Last year I was fortunate to be invited to deliver a lecture on the War of 1812 to Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy, in Annapolis.

A podcast I recorded with @USNAMuseum whilst there!


When the USS (later HMS) Chesapeake became floorboards

A talk I gave over lockdown on the Battle of Trafalgar for @DanHillHistory #HistoryFromHome

We even got Trafalgar trending!

Chatting all things Nelson, polar bears and Spanish forts with @thehistoryguy

The route of Nelson's final walk through Portsmouth, with handy videos I couldn't stitch together from Instagram as I am inept...

A poem by the Master Gunner of Victory, William Rivers.

(I'm currently finishing off my dissertation on C18th naval gunners and thought this would be a nice share)

Musings on COVID toilet roll hoarding & tow rags

The building of a fleet

Forgot this one about our Army friends.

The Experimental Corps of Riflemen

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7 May
Today is the anniversary of Victory being launched (in 1765).

Doesn't look a day over 254... 😉

Anyway, in honour of this occasion, let's have a little look at her incredibly illustrious history!
Victory was ordered in 1758 and laid down in 1759 (in seven parts initially) at Chatham Dockyard (which is well worth a visit when all this is over) @DockyardChatham

6 years, and around 6000 (though this is debated) trees later, Victory is launched #OTD 1765, but moved to the Medway as part of a reserve fleet...
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21 Oct 19
Time for the annual #TrafalgarDay thread.

#OTD 1805, the British fleet, under Horatio Nelson’s command, met the combined French & Spanish fleets, under French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, for one of the most famous naval battles in history, off Cape Trafalgar...
Around 10th Oct, Nelson had received word that the enemy were due to depart Cadiz, their fleet was gathering close to the mouth of the harbour & showed signs of preparing to make way.

Nelson made plans for a morning battle, to ensure that they would have the best light...
However, once more the weather was causing problems, the enemy fleet could not in fact leave Cadiz...

Nelson used this battle plan as a template for Trafalgar, allocating ships to each column and giving them a position in the line.
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21 Jul 19
#OTD 1797 Horatio Nelson onboard Theseus, along with 3 other Third Rates, 3 Frigates and a number of other vessels were approaching Santa Cruz - Tenerife.

Orders given on July 14th from Earl St Vincent to Nelson were to 'make a sudden and vigorous assault' on the town.

St Vincent's plan? To extend his blockade of Cadiz which had been ongoing since his victory at Cape St Vincent earlier that year by attacking the Spanish merchant fleet at Santa Cruz, but also capture Spanish treasure that hadn't yet reached the mainland

The idea was to copy, sort of, the victory of Blake in 1657 who also blockaded Cadiz, before destroying the plate fleet & its bullion at Santa Cruz.

The Spanish wouldn't be entirely unaware of what was happening as raids by British frigates were regular and men were on alert.
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5 Jul 19
The (once unknown) grave of Admiral Sir William Cornwallis, brother of Charles Cornwallis.

He took part in a number of decisive battles including the Battle of the Saintes. A friend of Lord Nelson and Commander in Chief of the Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars.

4 yre ago The 1805 Club asked the Milford-on-Sea Historical Society if they could find where Admiral Cornwallis was buried.

They knew he had been laid to rest with his great friend Captain John Whitby who served on many of his ships, but a plan of burial sites proved unhelpful.
A member of the Milford society was leaving by the vestry door when a beam of sunshine fell on the ledger of a grave outside. The inscription revealed it was John Whitby’s. Further investigation uncovered that it was Cornwallis’s grave too – unloved and unseen next to a drainpipe
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2 Apr 19
#OTD Thread Time

2nd April 1801: The Battle of Copenhagen
Very Brief Background: Britain was still imposing a blockade of France as well as a stop & search of ships from other countries with materials that may be headed to France.

Russia began organising a coalition as they weren't happy (Denmark, Sweden and Prussia)
In December 1800 the coalition agreement was signed and The Second League of Armed Neutrality was formed.

Ofc Britain saw it as an alliance with France... 

March 1801: British fleet heads to the Baltic to break it up.
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