Books

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 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 »

Documents relating to Anson’s Voyage Round the World, 1740-1744

Vol 109 (1967), Glyndwr Williams

Ghost-writing is not a twentieth Century invention. In this volume for the Navy Records Society Dr Williams revealed that the classic best-seller, ‘A Voyage round the World by George Anson‘, purportedly written by Anson’s chaplain Richard Walter, had in fact been ghost-written by Benjamin Robins, a man who had not sailed on the voyage. Describing… Read Abstract »

The Health of Seamen

Vol 107 (1965), Professor C.C. Lloyd

The second half of the eighteenth century saw dramatic improvements in the health of the Royal Navy and, as a result, an enhanced capacity to fight and to successfully impose tight blockades. The menace of scurvy was tamed through improved diet and the use of citrus juice; and smallpox stopped in its tracks by a… Read Abstract »

The Navy and South America, 1807-1823

The defence of trade has always been a priority for the Royal Navy. This volume details the operations of the squadrons deployed in South American waters amid the turmoil which began with the French occupation of the Iberian Peninsular and ended with the independence of Argentina, Chile, Peru and, eventually, Brazil. British trade, ships and… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume IV

Published in this volume are various Spanish documents concerning the Armada; a journal of one of Blake’s officers in the mid seventeenth century; Boscawen’s letters to his wife; the account of a Swedish officer who served in the French Navy during the Seven Years War; selections from the Hood papers regarding Prince William’s service in… Read Abstract »

Five Naval Journals, 1789-1817

These documents were selected by Rear-Admiral Thursfield for the light they throw on life afloat in the Navy of the Napoleonic era rather than for their contribution to the history of the operations in which their authors took part. They comprise four ‘Journals’, based mainly on dairies kept at the time and written up at… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume III

This Miscellany contains several documents that were in private ownership and range from 1656 to 1815 and are mainly related to naval operations. There are documents relating to the raid on the Dutch coast in 1666 and letters from Blake to Montague on operational matters in 1756; a discussion on whether to prosecute the likely… Read Abstract »

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.

Papers relating to the Loss of Minorca, 1756

Vol 42 (1911), Captain. H.W. Richmond

A collection formed by the Admiralty in its own defence after Byng had allowed the island to fall, but before he was tried. It contains most of the official papers of importance, but the selection naturally supports the official line.

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II

This 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 Admiral… Read Abstract »

Signals and Instructions, 1776-1794

Vol 35 (1908), J. S. Corbett

The publication of Vol 29 led to the discovery of many additional signal-books and Fighting Instructions, and forced Corbett to modify his former views. This volume, which concentrates on the period in which British signals underwent rapid development after a long period of stagnation, was the result.