Archivist, Mike Bevan, shares some discoveries made by our Navy Board In-letters volunteers - who've added 12,000 new records to our archive catalogue.
The page level descriptions are now available via our archive catalogue. To browse all of the page level records within the ADM/A collection, type ADM/A* in the search box AND tick the finding reference box AND select ‘page’ from ‘Level’. This will locate all ADM/A page level records. Then click ‘search within results’ and type in a keyword such as ‘war’ (162 results).
The Navy in the War of William III, 1689–1697
A few items of interest from the project so far
At the request of Mr. Fletcher, Carver to the Navy at Deptford and Woolwich, this serves to accompany a Bill by him some time since lodged in my hands, for work done for the use of this Office by command of the late King. The first particular whereof, namely a Shield with the Imperial Crown and Anchor of Admirals, has been erected a year or two; the other, viz; the King's whole Arms designed for the Pediment, being not finished till a little before the late great Revolution, has been prevented in being set up in its place, and so remained in Mr. Fletcher's own hands, ready (as he tells me) to be placed wherever you shall be pleased to direct it.His late Majesty's Warrant to your Board for Mr. Fletcher's satisfaction for this work having been long in my hands for his calling for, I do herewith also at his request transmit to you and remain.Your most faithful and humble servant.
Notwithstanding any former Orders for hiring a 60 Ton Vessel to carry some Powder to Barbary towards the redemption of Slaves, we direct you to hire by the month a Ship of nearly 200 Tons to carry the Powder and other things to Barbary, and to bring back the Slaves. You are to cause to be put onboard this Ship two months' Provisions at whole allowance for two hundred and fifty Men, and to solicit the Treasury for these Services.You are to give Orders for the manning of the TILBURY to her middle Complement and furnished with four months' Provisions for her Complement at whole allowance, to be kept complete till she sails to Barbary.
Those of the 3rd rate and contracted ships are falling to pieces. I know the Navy Board take great care in making the contracts but they ought to know that some of the carpenters appointed deserve hanging, especially those ships built in the Hampton River, the CORNWALL, NORFOLK, DEVONSHIRE and SOUTHAMPTON have not a bolt fastened in any part and the HUMBER complains very much for want of iron works. Signed Edward Russel commanding the fleet at Cadiz.