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The Naval Miscellany, Volume I: Journals of Henry Duncan, Captain, Royal Navy

Vol 20 (1901), Professor J.K. Laughton

This was the first of the Miscellany volumes and while it contains documents from the sixteenth century to the turn of the nineteenth century, the majority relate to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Of the two sixteenth century documents, one relates to French warship signals and the other is a narrative of the Cadiz… Read Abstract »

Nelson and the Neapolitan Jacobins

Vol 25 (1903), H. G. Gutteridge

This volume was published in 1903 by a young Cambridge graduate student, as a result of a controversy which started in 1897 over Nelson’s actions in Naples when he brought the British fleet to Naples in late June 1799. This lengthy and bitter argument was between F P Badham and the Society’s founder, Sir John… Read Abstract »

Letters and Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin, 1773-1854, Volume I

Admiral Hamilton edited three volumes of Byam Martin’s papers which were issued out of sequence. Half this volume consists of another autobiographical collection, ‘Reminiscences and Notes’, written after those in Vol III but dealing with his early life up to 1794. These are followed by correspondence of his father illustrating his entry into the Navy… Read Abstract »

Dispatches and Letters relating to the Blockade of Brest, 1803-1805. Volume II

Vol 21 (1901), J. Leyland

The blockade of Brest of 1803-05 is covered in two volumes and concentrates on the achievements of the Hon William Cornwallis and his captains. Leyland was of the opinion that the work of the blockaders was ‘more important and more successful than that of Nelson at the same period’. More succinctly these volumes contain material… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume I

This was the first of the Miscellany volumes and while it contains documents from the sixteenth century to the turn of the nineteenth century, the majority relate to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Of the two sixteenth century documents, one relates to French warship signals and the other is a narrative of the Cadiz… Read Abstract »

Logs of the Great Sea Fights, 1794-1805, Volume II

This is a collection of excerpts from ships’ logs and signal books, with associated correspondence, allowing detailed study of the course of the most important naval engagements of the period. This volume deals with the battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar.

Logs of the Great Sea Fights, 1794-1805, Volume I

This is a collection of excerpts from ships’ logs and signal books, with associated correspondence, allowing detailed study of the course of the most important naval engagements of the period. Vol 1 deals with the battles of the First of June, St Vincent and Camperdown.  

History of the Russian Fleet during the reign of Peter The Great, by a Contemporary Englishman, 1724

1899This is unusual among the Society’s volumes in not dealing with British naval history. It prints a history of the Russian Baltic fleet from its foundation, written in 1724 by an unidentified Englishman, evidently a sea officer in Russian service. The author has recently been identified as Captain John Deane – see Richard H Warner,… Read Abstract »

Dispatches and Letters relating to the Blockade of Brest, 1803-1805, Volume I

Vol 14 (1898), Ed. J. Leyland

The blockade of Brest of 1803-05 is covered in two volumes and concentrates on the achievements of the Hon William Cornwallis and his captains. Leyland was of the opinion that the work of the blockaders was ‘more important and more successful than that of Nelson at the same period’. More succinctly these volumes contain material… Read Abstract »

Journals and letters of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin, 1773-1854 Volume II

Admiral Hamilton edited three volumes of Byam Martin’s papers which were issued out of sequence. This volume consists of journals, public and private correspondence dealing with the years 1808 to 1812, when Martin was a captain in Saumarez’s fleet in the Baltic, and 1812 to 1813, when he was Lord Keith’s second-in-command and responsible for… Read Abstract »

Journal of Rear Admiral Bartholomew James, 1725-1728

An autobiography expanded from his memory and journals by a genial and eccentric officer, dealing mainly with his service as a junior officer during the American War (including the siege of Yorktown), and his subsequent career commanding, merchantmen, privateers, transports and men-of-war up to the peace of 1801.    

Index to James’s Naval History

Vol 4 (1895), Hon T A Brassey

This volume provides a comprehensive index to the British and Foreign ships, Naval Officers, Military Officers and Naval Actions listed in William James’ Naval History of Great Britain, 1793-1820. The five volumes of James’ work were first published in London between 1822-24 and there were numerous later editions. It remains by far the most detailed… Read Abstract »