Admiral Duncan and the North Sea Fleet
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Admiral Duncan and the North Sea Fleet march 1795-September 1796. by David Seymour

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Published by University of East Anglia in Norwich .
Written in English


  • Duncan, Adam Duncan, -- Viscount.

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Thesis (M.Phil.), University of East Anglia, School of English and American Studies, 1991.

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Open LibraryOL19457384M

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Vice-Admiral of the White 12th April Admiral of the Blue 1st June Appointed Commander-in-Chief in the North Sea in April with HMS Venerable, 74 guns warship as his flagship. Orders to blockade the Dutch fleet in the Texel on 28th May . For five long months Admiral Duncan, of the British fleet, had blockaded the enemy's ships at the mouth of the Texel. It was a squally day, and the ships rolled heavily in the dark waters of the North Sea, where the English and Dutch fleets strove for the mastery. The Dutch fleet was one of the finest that ever put to sea, and the men. The Royal Navy had ruled the sea unchallenged for one hundred years since Nelson triumphed at Trafalgar. Yet when the Grand Fleet faced the German High Seas Fleet across the grey waters of the North Sea near Jutland, the British battleships and cruisers were battered into a draw, losing far more men and ships than the enemy/5(8). Duncan retained his command of the North Sea fleet until he retired in He died three years later at the age of 73, and was buried in Lundie. Admiral Duncan has been remembered in a series of ships named HMS Duncan, and in a statue of him was erected in Dundee.

  Duncan was appointed as Admiral of the Blue to command the North Sea Fleet – its purpose to prevent military expeditions from being dispatched from the Texel Island. The strategy was to blockade the Texel and if possible to destroy the Dutch fleet. Between and the Veteran served in the North Sea with the fleet under Admiral Lord Duncan (). During the Battle of Camperdown, 11 October , the ship was part of a fleet of sixteen that engaged Admiral de Winter's Dutch fleet of fifteen ships, which had been lying behind the Texel.   Admiral Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan One of the crucial figures in British naval history at the time of the mutinies at Spithead and The Nore was Admiral Adam Duncan. Often history has a way of inserting the right man at the right place at the right time and Admiral Duncan can be single handedly credited with keeping the Dutch fleet in port. Admiral Duncan countered the threat of French invasion when he defeated the Dutch fleet at Camperdown in His victory was regarded as one of the most important naval actions of its time. He was commander of the North Sea fleet blockading Holland when the Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral de Winter, appeared.

Telling the story of the greatest sailor of them all, "Admiral of the Ocean Sea" is a vivid and definitive biography of Columbus that details all of his voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world. 50 drawings, maps & charts; 4 fold-outs/5. The British North Sea Fleet under Admiral Adam Duncan bears down on the Batavian Navy fleet under Vice-Admiral Jan de Winter. After a print published in The Battle of Camperdown, Kamperduin in Dutch, 11 October The russian squadron with admiral duncan's north sea fleet, – Article in The Mariner's mirror 49(3) March with 8 Reads How we measure 'reads'.   In a naval career spanning fifty-four years, Admiral Duncan achieved his greatest fame through the crushing defeat of the Dutch fleet off Camperdown. Whilst Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy in the North Sea, Duncan sprang the Dutch offside trap and led his fleet of ships to victory, thwarting an invasion by the French and Dutch.