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Shipping and Military Power in the Seven Years WarThe Sails of Victory$
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David Syrett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780859897860

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859897860.0001.0001

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The Navy Board's Shipping

The Navy Board's Shipping

(p.7) 1 The Navy Board's Shipping
Shipping and Military Power in the Seven Years War

David Syrett

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that Britain's success in the Seven Years' War was due to the kingdom's ability to use its merchant shipping to project military power overseas. It explains that Britain relied on its Navy Board, a subordinate department of the British Admiralty, to administer ‘the Civil Economy of the Navy’ during the Seven Years' War. It adds that the board chartered merchant ships to provide transport for troops, horses, and supplies, needed by the British army and navy to conduct military operations overseas.

Keywords:   merchant shipping, Seven Years' War, Britain, British Admiralty, Navy Board, military operations, military power

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