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A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Mss. in the Pepysian Library, Volume IV

Vol 57 (1922), J.R. Tanner

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) made a significant contribution to British history by his work as a naval administrator, and he bequeathed to Magdalen College, Cambridge its greatest treasure – his library, a unique collection of 3,000 books and manuscripts, still preserved as he left it. There are 250 volumes of manuscripts and these NRS volumes published… Read more »

The Life and Works of Sir Henry Mainwaring, Vol. II

Vol 56 (1921), G.E. Manwaring , W.G. Perrin

After an early career in piracy, Mainwaring became one of the most prominent senior officers under James I and Charles I. He took part in most of the naval operations of the period, and during and after the Civil War served with the Royalist Navy. In this volume are printed Mainwaring’s essay ‘Of the Beginnings,… Read more »

The Life and Works of Sir Henry Mainwaring, Volume I

After an early career in piracy, Mainwaring became one of the most prominent senior officers under James I and Charles I. He took part in most of the naval operations of the period, and during and after the Civil War served with the Royalist Navy. This volume is not so much a collection of documents… Read more »

The Life of Admiral Sir John Leake, Volume II

Vol 53 (1919), G.A.R. Callender

Leake (1656-1720) was one of the most prominent flag officers of King William and Queen Anne’ s wars. He played a leading part in the relief of Londonderry in 1689, fought at Bantry Bay, Beachy Head, La Hogue and Malaga, twice relieved Gibraltar, captured Cartagena, Alicante, Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca, and Sardinia, was five times Admiral… Read more »

The Life of Admiral Sir John Leake, Volume I

Vol 52 (1918), G.A.R. Callender

Leake (1656-1720) was one of the most prominent flag officers of King William and Queen Anne’ s wars. He played a leading part in the relief of Londonderry in 1689, fought at Bantry Bay, Beachy Head, La Hogue and Malaga, twice relieved Gibraltar, captured Cartagena, Alicante, Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca, and Sardinia, was five times Admiral… Read more »

The Autobiography of Phineas Pett

Vol 51 (1917), W.G. Perrin

Pett was the most famous of a famous family of shipbuilders, the constructor of the Sovereign of the Seas and the Prince Royal, and a leading figure in the early Stuart Navy. His autobiography covering his life from his birth in 1570 up to 1638 is here printed from the manuscript in his own hand,… Read more »

Documents relating to the Law and Custom of the Sea, Volume II, 1649-1767

Vol 50 (1916), R.G. Marsden

A collection of legal cases and precedents dealing with aspects of maritime and naval law such as piracy, prizes and prize goods, letters of marque and reprisal, contraband, ransom, convoy, and impressment. The volumes cover 1205-1648 and 1649-1767 respectively. This volume covers the years 1649-1767. View PDF

Documents relating to the Law and Custom of the Sea, Volume I, 1205-1648

Vol 49 (1915), R.G. Marsden

A collection of legal cases and precedents dealing with aspects of maritime and naval law such as piracy, prizes and prize goods, letters of marque and reprisal, contraband, ransom, convoy, and impressment. The volumes cover 1205-1648 and 1649-1767 respectively. This volume covers the years 1205-1648. View PDF

The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson, Volume V

Vol 47 (1913), M. Oppenheim

Monson was a late-Elizabethan seaman and naval commander, retired under a cloud in 1616, who occupied his retirement in composing a number of works on naval affairs. A number of ‘projects’ or plans for campaigns against possible enemies, with papers on trade, fisheries, exploration and other matters. View PDF

The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson, Volume IV

Vol 45 (1913), M. Oppenheim

Monson was a late-Elizabethan seaman and naval commander, retired under a cloud in 1616, who occupied his retirement in composing a number of works on naval affairs. Very miscellaneous notes and memoranda, on the duties of various, officers, organization of ships, exploration and discovery, and many other subjects. View PDF

The Old Scots Navy, 1689-1710

Vol 44 (1912), J. Grant

These are mainly official papers, Scots and English, dealing with the last years of the Scots Navy when it operated as a small component of the English fleet. View PDF

The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson, Volume III

Vol 43 (1912), M. Oppenheim

Monson was a late-Elizabethan seaman and naval commander, retired under a cloud in 1616, who occupied his retirement in composing a number of works on naval affairs. A large collection of narratives, notes and memoranda, mostly concerning English naval affairs under James I and Charles I. View PDF