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War history

A BALINGER FOR THE KING

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This article was originally published on my WordPress blog – July 2016. Conjectural sketch of a balinger (C) Ian Friel 2015. Balingers were the frigates of medieval sea warfare: relatively fast, relatively small and suitable for a wide range of tasks, short of taking on a major enemy ship singlehanded….

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THE GRAVEYARD OF THE GREAT SHIPS

By | Local history, Maritime archaeology, Maritime history, Medieval history, Naval history, Political history, Shipwreck history, War history | No Comments

This article was originally published on my WordPress blog – October 2015. The site at Bursledon: to the left, the site of the Grace Dieu, to the right, the possible site of the Holy Ghost. ‘But how do we know that?’ is a good question for people to ask of historians and…

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FIRESHIPS AND TERROR WEAPONS (PART 1)

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This article was originally published on my WordPress blog – August 2017. Although this 1956 reconstruction was intended to represent the Pilgrim Fathers’ 120-ton ship Mayflower of 1620, its design was largely based  on late 16th century English sources.  As such it gives a good idea of the appearance of the privately-owned ships in the…

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THE ANNIVERSARY WALTZ…

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This article was originally published on my WordPress blog – February 2014. A different sort of 1914 anniversary:  a plaque in Southampton marking the centenary of the death of the composer Charles Dibdin Anniversaries are not easy to escape, at least if you’re trying to interpret history.  The current plethora of…

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