Books

The Milne Papers. Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne 1806-1896, Volume I, 1820-1859

Vol 147 (2004), Professor J. Beeler

Not once during 60 years of naval service did Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne, Bt, KCB hear British guns fired in anger, yet on the basis of talents and abilities ideally suited to the century of the Pax Britannica, he numbers among the greatest officers of the post-Napoleonic-era Royal Navy. Milne was the… Read Abstract »

Letters and Papers of Professor Sir John Knox Laughton, 1830-1915

Vol 143 (2002), Professor A.D. Lambert

John Knox Laughton created modern naval history to harmonise the adacemic standards of the new English historical profession with the strategic and doctrinal needs of the contemporary Royal Navy. His correspondents included major figures in both the historical and the naval professions: Alfred T Mahan, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Julian Corbett, Cyprian Bridge and many others…. Read Abstract »

Sir William Dillon’s Narrative of Professional Adventures, 1790-1839, Volume II, 1802-1839

Vol 97 (1956), Professor M. Lewis

Sir William Henry Dillon (1780-1857) was born in Birmingham, the illegitimate son of the distinguished writer and traveller John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806), a baron of the Holy Roman Empire. The elder Dillon had briefly served in the Royal Navy, apparently obtaining his discharge in a fit of pique after being ejected, when a midshipman, from… Read Abstract »

Captain Boteler’s Recollections, 1808-1830

Vol 82 (1942), D. Bonner-Smith

Captain Boteler (1796-1885) came from a naval family, entering the navy as a Volunteer, First Class in 1808, was made lieutenant in September 1815, commander in 1830 and captain in 1851. He left the navy in 1830. These recollections, full of well-told naval anecdote, were written in old age, and published only for private circulation…. Read Abstract »

The Tomlinson Papers

Vol 74 (1936), J.G. Bullocke

The first part of the volume contains a selection from the correspondence and papers of Lt Robert Tomlinson between 1768 and 1796, together with his essays on naval manning and timber preservation. Robert Tomlinson was a protégé and loyal supporter of Sir Edward (later Lord) Hawke. He provided the parliamentary opposition with evidence with which… Read Abstract »

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

Admiral Hamilton edited three volumes of Byam Martin’s papers which were issued out of sequence. This covers Martin’s post-war career, during which he was Controller of the Navy from 1816 to 1831. It consists largely of private correspondence with senior officers, politicians and others which are illuminating on the naval policy and events of the… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Extract from the Journal of Admiral Benjamin William Page

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: ‘Well done Phaeton!’

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 »