Yale Center for British Art
Great Britain. Admiralty

Sailing and fighting instructions for His Majesties fleet.
[London?] : [The Admiralty], [approximately 1711]

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34 pages ; 35 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
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In 1710, the Royal Navy issued the 31-page Sailing and fighting instructions for His Majesties Fleet (see Adams and Waters). In the same year, as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, Admiral Sir John Norris introduced eight temporary additional signals for "chasing," as part of his successful defense of Sardinia. The present publication shows five of these incorporated into the text of "Additional signals to be added to the XVIth article (pages 33-34). Two additional signals were included, in manuscript, in Norris's annotated copy of this work, now in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art. As noted by Willis: "... advances in tactical thought beneficial to the service as a whole, but introduced as a temporary instruction, could and did remain to be entrenched in stone: Sir John Norris, when commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean, issued eight signals for chasing in 1710, the first four of which were added to the permanent instructions."
Subject Terms:
Great Britain. Admiralty. | Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Signaling. | Naval tactics -- Great Britain -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. | Naval battles -- Great Britain -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. | Signals and signaling -- Great Britain -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. | Ships -- Pictorial works. | Norris, John, Sir, 1660?-1749 -- Ms. Notes. | Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878 -- Presentation inscription to T. Jenkins. | Jenkins, Thomas -- Presentation inscription from G. Welles. | Peralta-Ramos, Paul -- Provenance.
Annotations (Provenance) | Ink drawings. | Watercolors.
Norris, John, Sir, 1660?-1749.