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Date Posted: 14:24:53 07/01/17 Sat
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: Algerian "Navy" 1732
In reply to: AvM 's message, "Re: Algerian "Navy" 1732" on 04:12:39 07/01/17 Sat

The Dutch had apparently driven ashore or captured four of the 1724 ships, in 1724-26, and a Dutch list of 1729 (possibly incomplete) includes fewer ships than in 1724 (some of the names correspond to 1724 ships, some do not). A report by a British traveler from 1732 said that by that time the Algerian ships (since the ships were mostly privately owned and managed, they did not constitute a "navy" despite some obligations to the state) were reduced to "Row-Boats and Brigantines" plus "only half a dozen capital Ships, from thirty-six to fifty Guns." [Thomas Shaw, Travels or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant (Oxford: Printed at the Theater, 1738), 70.] If the reports previously cited in the Threedecks forum about new construction were accurate, including one or more ships of 70 guns and, perhaps, heavier artillery being purchased or extorted from Sweden, those ships were too late to dispute the approach of the Spanish expedition, but could be what was wrecked in 1733.

Although the Spanish accounts of the expedition acknowledge fighting and casualties on land, there is no mention of any loss or opposition at sea during the organized expedition. Unescorted Spanish ships, sailing individually, might have been captured by raiders from Algiers afterwards.

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