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Ark Royal

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Maritime History.

The name given to a series of warships in the Royal Navy. The first Ark Royal, originally called Ark Raleigh, was purchased by the crown in 1588. It was used as the flagship of Lord Howard...

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battle of Beachy Head

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — British History.

1690.

Command of the Channel was of critical importance in 1690, when William III and James II struggled for control of Ireland and the French threatened to invade England as a...

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battle of the Gabbard

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Maritime History.

1653.

An important naval battle towards the end of the first Anglo‐Dutch War. Monck and Blake with a large fleet encountered Martin Tromp near the Gabbard shoal, east of Harwich....

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battle of the Nile

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — British History.

1798.

The site of this annihilating encounter was the western end of Aboukir Bay, east of Alexandria. close to Rosetta on the Nile delta. In the evening of 1 August 1798, Nelson...

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crimp

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — History of the Americas.

One who, during the days of the press gang, made it his business to persuade seamen to desert from a ship in order to sell them to another or to deliver them to the press gang on payment of...

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economic history

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Maritime History.

As the name suggests, economic history is a hybrid discipline fusing together two areas of study with widely divergent interests and methods. The major source of difficulty and debate,...

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Grace Darling

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — British History.

(1815–42).

One of nine children, Grace Horsley Darling was born on 24 November 1815 at Bamburgh (Northd.). From 1826 her father was lighthouse-keeper of the Longstone Light on the...

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Great Britain

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — British History.

Was the second of three highly innovative steamships designed by I. K. Brunel. It was intended by the Great Western Steamship Company as a sister ship to Brunel's Great Western, which had...

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Java-la-Grande

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Australasian and Pacific History.

Was a continent marked on the sixteenth-century Dieppe Maps which, despite significant variation in shape and alignment, is thought to correspond to Australia. The Dieppe Maps were produced...

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John Arbuthnot Fisher

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — British History.

(1841–1920).

Admiral. ‘Jackie’ Fisher was the main architect of the fleet with which Britain went to war in 1914. Between 1905 and 1910, when he served as 1st sea lord, he...

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