Saturday, February 7, 2015

Continental Navy Week!

Starting on Monday, I'm going to do something a bit different here.

"The Battle of Flamborough Head," Nicholas Pocock, 1779, National Museum of the Royal Navy.

The explicit focus of this blog is to explore the common sailors of the decades before the French Revolution. I tend to avoid officers and masters unless what they are wearing says something about the dress of common sailors.

While I'm searching for more images of common sailors in primary source images, I'm going to deviate for a bit and explore the officers of the Continental Navy. The short lived maritime force left a long legacy, even if the actual impact on the outcome of the American Revolutionary War was not a strong one. Perhaps later I'll do a week on the privateers of the period...

Come Monday, visit us each day for a different officer of the Continental Navy: John Paul Jones, Gustavus Conyngham, marine Matthew Parke, and others!

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