6 Annotations

First Reading

vincent  •  Link

East India co. Royal Oak 400 tons 1 trip 1663 then ?
The Royal Oak: was used by RN: Royal Navy 1664 on: long line of historic entries.
The Royal Oak--Royalists rejoice! May 29th is Oak Apple Day
the name is used for many purposes including Pubs.
the story:

then navy song:
Come, cheer up, my lads, 'tis to glory we steer,
To add something more to this wonderful year;
To honour we call you, not press you like slaves,
For who are as free as the sons of the waves


Pedro  •  Link

The Royal Oak.

Probably a merchantman as NAM Rodger in his "The Command of the Ocean" gives three Royal Oaks.

One launched in 1664 was burnt by fireships of De Ruyter, along with the Royal James and the Loyal London. The others after the Diary.

Marlies Schulte  •  Link

I just have been given a wall clock with the name "THE ROYAL OAK" and "PAIGNTON".
Is there anyone to tell me more about this clock, its age?
Thank you so much

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

ROBUR CAROLINUM, the Royal Oak, or King Charles's Oak; or, not to omit so notable a name, the Carolina Oak, as one of the English astronomers calls it. One of the constellations of the southern hemisphere. This is not one of the old forty-eight, but has been since devised by the modern astronomers to take in some of the unformed stars of that hemisphere.
The figure, understood by this constellation, is that of the oak in which King Charles II. was, while his enemies were in pursuit of him; and this the modern astronomers have raised up into the heavens, as the early authors, in the same study, did the Scorpion that killed Orion, or the monster that was to have devoured the unfortunate Andromeda.
---Urania: Or, a Compleat View of the Heavens. J. Hill, 1754.

Bill  •  Link

Upon the defeat at Worcester, Charles and [Major Careless] eluded the search of Cromwell's emissaries, by concealing themselves in an oak, in Boscobel-wood, on the borders of Staffordshire.—-After the Restoration, the oak seemed to be held in as great veneration by the English, as it ever was among the ancients. Oak-leaves were worn on the 29th of May, by people of all ranks: the very horses were dressed with boughs, and every tower was crowned with branches of oak. The populace regaled themselves in oaken bowers, and the sign of the Royal Oak was erected in almost every town and village in the kingdom. The people went in pilgrimages to the tree itself: a great part of it was cut away, and converted into tobacco-stoppers, hafts of knives, and other memorials; and many plants were propagated from its acorns. The remains of this tree are enclosed with a brick wall, the inside of which is covered with laurel.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1769.

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

L&M: An East Indiaman, to be distinguished from the royal ship of the same name. The symbol of the oak tree (associated with royalty for many centuries) had now been given new vitality by Charles II's hiding in the Boscobel oak after the second battle of Worcester, 1651.

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