The Keith Papers

Part I: Channel and North Sea, 1803-1807; 1. Operations; 10. General view of Lord Keith’s system of defence of the entrances to the rivers Thames and Medway

The Document

10. General view of Lord Keith’s system of defence of the entrances to the rivers Thames and Medway formed upon a reference to the scheme of defence established in the last war, to a consultation with three Elder Brethren of Trinity House and the subsequent approbation of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

(undated ; probably June, 1803).

Stations

Number of ships recommended

Ships actually
appointed

Margate Roads 1 or 2 ships of the line and a reasonable proportion of smaller vessels Texel, 64;
three gun vessels
Queens Channel 2 ships of the line and ditto

Vlictor, 44,
Batavia, 54,
three gun vessels

King’s Channel

2 ships of the line and a reasonable proportion of smaller vessels

Leyden, 68
Dictator, 64;
five gun vessels

Goldermeres Gatt
and within the Wallet

1 ditto and ditto;

Beschermer, 54 three gun vessels

Buoy of the Rough

A ship of the frigate kind chiefly for passing signals to Hoseley

Tisiphone, 16

Hoseley Bay

One ship of force and a pro portion of smaller vessels

Antelope, 50,
Romulus, 36

The large ships to be considered stationary. Two-thirds of the gun brigs are to be employed cruising for the protection of trade, interception of privateers etc. as far west as Beachy Head and as far north as Yarmouth. Those to the westward under the immediate direction of R. Adm. Montague; those to the northward under that of R. Adm. Thornborough; and those off Orfordness, the Sunk, Shipwash etc. under that of Commodore Sir Sidney Smith stationed in Hoseley Bay.

See Also

Books on the Napoleonic Wars | Subject Index: Napoleonic Wars | Napoleonic Homepage

How to cite this article

LLoyd, C . (eds.) (1955) The Keith Papers, vol III, 1803-1815. Navy Records Society, pp. 18-19

Web Page: Rickard, J (24 July 2006), Keith to Secretary of Admiralty, http://www.historyofwar.org/sources/acw/napoleonic/nrs1955/1_1_10.html.html


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