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H 245 x W 174 mm

274 pages

128 figures (colour throughout)

Published Jun 2024



Paperback: 9781803277257

Digital: 9781803277264

DOI 10.32028/9781803277257

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Adriatic; Napoleonic Wars; Naval History; Military History; British Navy; Croatia; Vis; Rijeka

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The British in the Adriatic, 1800-1825

By Malcolm Scott Hardy

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Three detailed studies consider British naval and military, diplomatic and commercial activity in the eastern Adriatic during the Napoleonic wars, drawing on original research in various British archives.





Part 1: The British Navy, Rijeka and A.L. Adamic: War and Trade in the Adriatic 1800-25

The Arrival of John Leard in Rijeka, 1802

Nelson, convoys and naval supplies, 1803-04

The Oak Timber Project

The War of the Third Coalition

Trade War 1806-9

The War of 1809

Travels 1810-12

The Timber Contract of 1812

Adamić’s Return to Rijeka, 1812

The Aborted Insurrection, February-April 1813

The British Attack on Rijeka, July 1813

Nugent liberates Rijeka, August 1813

Adamić’s return to Rijeka, autumn 1813

The End of the War

Leard’s return to Rijeka, July 1814

The Last Timber Contract 1818-20



Part 2: The British and Vis: War in the Adriatic 1805-15

Introduction: The British and the Adriatic

The defence of Lissa: A safe harbour

The defence of Lissa: Delays and surveys

Project for the Defence of Lissa

The defence of Lissa: Occupation and fortification

Life on Lissa

The British leave Lissa

Appendix 1: Sources

Appendix 2: Names

Appendix 3: Biographical notes

Appendix 4: Ships and soldiers

Appendix 5: Remains

Part 3: A Diversionary Attack in the Adriatic 1812

The British, Montenegro and Russia 1812

Admiral Fremantle goes to Lissa

News of Chichagov

Admiral Grieg arrives in Sicily

Fremantle and Montenegro: Second Phase

After Chichagov

About the Author

Malcolm Scott Hardy is a former British Council officer with a long relationship with Croatia since working in Zagreb 1970-73. He has a B.A. in History (University College London) and M.Phil. in Combined Historical Studies (Warburg Institute, London University). After teaching in Finland his career with the British Council, primarily engaged with the arts, also took him to Pakistan, France and Italy. He is married to Vesna Domany from Zagreb who has assisted him with this research.