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 return of the Saudi royal family in 1945.
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Michael Duffy studied at Oxford where he gained his BA, MA and D Phil. He was appointed to the University of Exeter, where he has been Assistant Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, as well as Head of History, and Dean of Arts. In 1991 he was appointed Director of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies.
He has been a regular member of the Council of the Navy Records Society, as well as a Vice President of the Society. He has also edited The Mariner’s Mirror between 1991 and 2000.
His publications include
• The Military Revolution and the State, 1500 – 1800 (University of Exeter Press, 1980)
• Soldiers, Sugar and Seapower: The British expeditions to the West Indies and the War against Revolutionary France (Clarendon Press, 1987).
• Parameters of British Naval Power, 1650 – 1850 (University of Exeter Press, 1992).
• The New Maritime History of Devon (Conway Maritime Press, 1992).
• Profiles in Power: The Younger Pitt (Routledge, 2000).
• The Glorious First of June: A Naval Battle and its aftermath (University of Exeter Press, 2003).
• The Naval Miscellany Volume VI (navy Recortds Society, 2003).
• Touch and Take: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (University of Exeter Press, 2005).
• Hawke, Nelson and British Naval Leadership, 1747 – 1805 (Boydell Press, 2009).