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Offline Bilgerat

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Re: Lucky Escape for the Leviathan!
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 20:03:59 »
By way of putting this in context, by 1790, the Revolution had occurred in France and although war turned out to be another 3 years away, eyes at the very highest level of government in Britain were being cast nervously across the Channel. After all, if the people of France could rise up and violently depose their King, so could the people of Britain.

To say that there would have been a palpable air of paranoia in the government of the day would be an understatement!
"I did not say that the French will not come, I said they will not come by sea" - Lord St Vincent

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Lucky Escape for the Leviathan!
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 20:00:47 »
The times reported on the 20th August 1790 that a pound and a quarter of combustibles were found aboard the Leviathan, a 74 gun ship, by a house carpenter.  The bag of combustibles had been secreted in a temporary cabin.  The ship was searched with no more explosives being found.

 

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