Books

The Rodney Papers, Volume I, 1742-1763

Vol 148 (2005), Professor D. Syrett

George Brydges Rodney is one of the great British admirals of the Age of Sail. A participant, and in many instances a major player, in some of the great naval events of the 18th century, Rodney’s career as a navy officer spans three great naval conflicts of his time – the War of Austrian Succession,… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume VI

Edited documents in this Naval Miscellany include the 14th-century repair of Bayonne Galleys, Armada correspondence, the building of Plymouth dockyard, letters of Admiral Collingwood, Nelson’s Public Order Book during his 1801 blockade of Boulogne, Louis Parsons’ journal 1882-1901, Captain Clayton’s letters from the Australia Station 1885-8, Dudley Pound’s Grand Fleet diary 1914-15, and HMS Aurora’s… Read Abstract »

The Channel Fleet and the Blockade of Brest, 1793-1801

Vol 141 (2001), Dr R. Morriss

During the French Revolutionary War the Channel Fleet played the crucial role of defending Britain from invasion, protecting Britain’s incoming and outgoing trade through the Channel and Western Approaches, and preventing the French Brest fleet from setting forth on raids and expeditions. Presenting documents revealing the evolution of this role during the war, this book… Read Abstract »

Shipboard Life and Organisation, 1731-1815

Vol 138 (1998), B. Lavery

The idea behind this volume, according to its editor Brian Lavery, was to give a rounded picture of life at sea during the age of sail. It concentrates on the daily routine of shipboard life rather than more dramatic events such as battles and mutiny. It supplements other volumes produced by the Navy Records Society,… Read Abstract »

The Royal Navy in the River Plate, 1806-1807

Vol 135 (1996), J.D. Grainger

This book presents a collection of contemporary documents throwing light on the campaigns by the Royal Navy, in association with the army, on cities of the Spanish Empire in South America, beginning with the (unauthorised) assault on Buenos Aires in 1806, by Sir Home Popham. One of Popham’s aims was to open South America for… Read Abstract »

British Naval Documents, 1204-1960

To celebrate its centenary in 1993, the Society produced a special volume covering seven hundred and fifty years of British naval history, containing 535 documents carefully selected by leading experts. See the contents of British Naval Documents 1204-1960.

The Hawke Papers, A Selection: 1743-1771

Vol 129 (1990), Dr R.F. Mackay

Edward Hawke 1705-1781) had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, serving for over half a century and finally becoming First Lord of the Admiralty. This volume is a selection of his papers chosen from between 1743 and 1771, providing information on every significant stage in Hawke’s career combined with a connected sequence… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume V

This edition contains documents from the seventeenth century to the Second World War. There is additional material to complement NRS Volume 116 from the Commission of Enquiry in 1608, an account of the Earl of Warwick’s voyage to the Mediterranean in 1627 and documents relating to the management of the Royal Dockyards between 1672 and… Read Abstract »

Naval Administration, 1715-1750

Vol 120 (1977), Professor D.A. Baugh

This volume follows the organisation of the editor’s seminal study, Naval Administration in the Age of Walpole (1965), but the documents presented here represents a longer period (of thirty-five years) than in his original book. Separate sections include documents describing the structure of the central administration, including the Admiralty’s sometimes difficult relationship with the Navy… Read Abstract »

The Manning of the Royal Navy: Selected Public Pamphlets, 1693-1873

Vol 119 (1974), Professor J.S. Bromley

How should the Royal Navy be manned? Was impressment the best answer to this question? Was the seizure of men off the streets by Press Gangs acceptable to a freedom-loving society? What was the alternative? This issue provoked considerable debate, especially with reference to the Georgian and Victorian Navy, and attracted the attention, not only… Read Abstract »

The Royal Navy and North America: The Warren Papers, 1736-1752

Vol 118 (1973), Dr. J. Gwyn

This volume concerns Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Warren (1703-1752) in North America. A background to the period is given in the introduction to his papers with a brief sketch of Warren. Of special mention is the valuable ‘Biographical Directory. With the outbreak of war with Spain in 1739, Warren had the opportunity to develop his fighting… Read Abstract »

The Siege and Capture of Havana, 1762

Vol 114 (1970), Professor D. Syrett

David Syrett came to study the British capture of Havana in 1762 as a forgotten campaign of the Seven Years’ War. Through this collection of documents he showed that Havana was arguably the most complex and difficult operation of that war. It involved making an opposed landing with an army of 16,000 men on a… Read Abstract »