Research – Navies and naval matters

Naval subjects

IMPORTANT: Please see our Index of naval subjects (this page is retained for purposes of technical continuity only.)



The War of 1812:

The War of 1812 – a starting point for research
Gunboats of the War of 1812
The Shannon and the Chesapeake – 1 June 1813, War of 1812
Treaty of Ghent – the end of the War of 1812

Ships and events:

Royal Navy: Articles of War, 1757.
Treaty of Friendship, Limits, and Navigation – Spain / US 1795
Serapis and Bonhomme Richard – some details of these ships, (Sept. 23, 1779), towards the end of the American Revolution.
The Topaz and HMS Diana 1807 – the High Court condemnation, 1811 (pdf file)
Rush-Bagot Agreement – April 28, 1818
Princess Royal – blockade runner, 1863
Convoy TM-1 – December 1942 - January 1943
Hudson River Ghost Fleet – post Second World War
Cruiser Characteristics, Roles and Missions – Historical Review, 2005 (US)
Joseph Kennedy, ship name index from When Singapore fell : evacuations and escapes, 1941-42.

Officers, men and women:

Admirals Hood [Bligh and the Bounty, Nelson and HMS Victory]
Cdr David H. Botly, RCNVR, RCN(R), who served at the Dieppe raid, D-Day, etc...
RCN Centennial, interviews - NMA summer students interview veterans; The County Magazine, Fall 2010, with permission.
George Devonshire - served Merchant Navy then HMCS Waskesiu, Russian convoys, Word War II
Mainguy Report - RCN "mutinies", article by Dr. Richard Gimblett
Lieutenant - how to pronounce
Black sailors in the Royal Navy - John Rankin's research paper
Royal Naval Asylum - move from Paddington to Greenwich; from the Naval Chronicle, XVIII
Victoria Crosses including Royal Navies, Airforces and Armies.
WRENS and WRCNS - the ladies in our service.


England expects that every man will do his duty - Admiral Nelson's most famous signal.
Battle of Trafalgar - propaganda - a rather optimistic account of Lord Nelson's "defeat" at Trafalgar, by the Napoleonic press.


Watches and bells - navigation background and shipboard life.
Nautical time and civil date - navigation background
Time: GMT, Universal, Civil and Atomic - navigation background

Publications, journals, magazines:

The Navy Records Society - their publications since 1894, mostly British and Royal Navy
Warship - The British serial, quarterly and annual, from January 1977 until ....

Marines - yachting, guerre, commerce :

Marines: Yachting - Guerre - Commerce - some notes on this publication
No. 1 : Les cuirassés de l'ingénieur Huin - Le Hoche de 1886
No. 2 : Les cuirassés - Le Hoche de 1886 (suite)
No. 3 : Les cuirassés - Le Hoche de 1886 (suite du numéro 2)
No. 4 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Marceau
No. 5 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Marceau (suite)
No. 6 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Marceau (suite des nos. 4 et 5)
No. 7 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Marceau ; Le cuirassé Neptune
No. 8 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Neptune (suite du no. 7)
No. 9 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Neptune (suite des no. 7 et 8)
No. 10 : Les cuirassés - Le cuirassé Neptune (suite des no. 7, 8 et 9)


The Defence of Canada In the Light of Canadian History - by Christpher West (1914).
Evolution of Signal Flags - contains further pages on various signal codes: single letter, Marryat and international, as well as illustrations.
"Navy Cut" cigarettes and HERO - advertizing memories for many generations of sailormen.

These pages expand upon existing pages at the Naval Marine Archive. Some are very recent, some date back twenty years and may or may not have been reviewed and/or edited recently; we appreciate any suggestions for improvements.


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