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Carte detaillée des possessions angloises dans l'Amerique Septentrionale, 1777

24 July 2017

Carte detaillée des possessions angloises dans l'Amerique Septentrionale, engraved by Etienne Claude Voysard, 1777, Library of Congress. Published the year before France...

Seaman's Wages in the Revolution

19 July 2017

The Human Passions, Thomas Sanders, 1773, Walpole Library Timothy Boardman, a carpenter's mate on the Connecticut State Navy ship Oliver Cromwell, kept a journal of his travels...

A Seaman with a Man of War's Barge, 1777

17 July 2017

A Seaman with a Man of War's Barge, Dominic Serres, 1777, National Maritime Museum.Dominic Serres largely focused on marine art in the more traditional mode: seascapes at enough...

'HMS' and 'USS': Not a Thing?

14 July 2017

In secondary sources, the use of 'HMS' and 'USS' to describe ships of the British and American navies in the eighteenth century is almost a given. Both serve as abbreviations: His/Her...