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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 »

Letters of Lord Hood, 1781-1782

Vol 3 (1895), D Hannay

These letters were written by the then Rear-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood in 1781-1783; some are his official reports to the Admiralty, others private letters, chiefly to his friend George Jackson, Second Secretary of the Admiralty, in which he freely gives his low opinion of his successive senior officers, Graves and Rodney. There is also some… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Orders by Sir John Jervis, 1797.

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Operations on the Coast of Egypt, 1810.

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: The Memoirs of George Pringle, Esq. Captain Royal Navy, 1795-1809.

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Frustration of the plan for the Escape of Napoleon Bonaparte from Bordeaux, July 1815.

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Operations in the Scheldt, 1809.

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: The Pedigree of the Naval Duncans

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Some Letters of Lord St. Vincent 1800-1801.

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »