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Our aim is to present a wide ranging collection of articles covering all
aspects of maritime history, although the general emphasis will reflect
reflect our own interest in naval history. We will continue to publish original
naval documents from the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th
We can have a good stab at answering most questions dealing with
the Royal Navy of any period, but since we have very limited resources dealing with
merchant ships I suggest that you make contact with MARHST-L, the
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Michael Phillips, Jane Phillips
1: In separate sections we provide web sites for:-
2: Special Links:-
"PORT" is the important
electronic service from the Centre for Maritime Research, National Maritime
Museum, Greenwich, which will help you find information related to maritime
studies on the World Wide Web. The N.M.M also publishes the on-line
Journal of Maritime Research.
The National Archives
- The catalogue of the UK Public Record Office (The National Archives) at
Kew in West London is on line.
The Spirit of Enterprize a new topsail schooner
to be built in Washington, DC.
See the link to the fascinating new website for the 1607 Popham Colony
of Maine and the VIRGINIA pinnace in Section 8 - A Learning Experience.
ACADEMIC COURSES, SEMINARS & LECTURES in Maritime History. To draw your
attention to some of the study courses which are availabe and notices of
Particular notice should be taken of the ten week on-line non-accredited course from the
University of Exeter on 'The Lost World of the Sailing Ships 1780-1880.' This starts on
the 5th February 2007.
A link to The HAKLUYT SOCIETY, for everyone
interested in the history of exploration and travel.
Many of the great Victorian adventure books for boys by Capt. Frederick
Marryat and R.M.Ballantyne are available on line as E-Texts at
ATHELSTANE, and there are
more to follow.
ABACCI BOOKS is a virtual bookstore
which combines the free downloads of classic books from Project Gutenberg
with reviews and the option of hard copy ordering from Amazon. Includes
categories on Nautical and Historical themes.
Plymouth Central Library
- Local and Navy Studies Deparment. This library of naval studies, both
historic and current, is one of the few in the UK which is open to the
Campbell is transcribing extracts from old local newspapers on Merseyside.
These include shipping news, passenger and crew lists and emigration to Australia
and America. Continually updated.
The Age of Nelson has three important
Data Bases covering Sea Officers of the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars, The
Men of Trafalgar and the Sons & Daughters of Trafalgar. (CD Available) In addition there
are scholarly articles and contemporary accounts.
Battle of Jutland Casualties The men killed in action, or died of wounds, are listed by ship.
Do not miss my New Books Page for books
on maritime subjects that I especially reccomend.
Hubert Cance, who produces fine colour prints of ships, now has a web-site
The Maritime Books published by the Newcastle City Library are
LINKS to Naval Societies and other related sites.
3: The Current General Articles:-
9th October 2006.
The number of text pages downloaded in the seven days to 2nd Oct. 2006
from this site was 16,702
George Sallet author of
The Six Long Years.
Extracts from his autobiography of an
American destroyer sailor throughout the Pacific War form a continuing series.
Part 17 has been added, This goes back to fill in a gap in the story
between Dec 12 1941 and Jan. 25 1942. At last, after a long delay,
Parts 22, 23 and 24 have been added, taking the story to 27 May 1945
Jump to Part 20
See Eileen McNamara`s site on
USS CONKLIN, DE439 for the story of another escort destroyer and other
A new book by another member of the crew of the USS Bagley is anounced on
my book page.
- The story of Graham Island
1831-32 A New island appears in the Sicilian Channel. Some new information added.
- Gold Rush Additions - Treasure from the
DOURO, sunk in 1882. HANOVER 1763
- Minesweeping at Malta. 1940 -1946. In three parts.
- Sea Waif. Recollections of life afloat in the 1870s.
- a continuing series. Part 7 added
- Extracts from the Naval Chronicle 1799 - 1816.
Curiosities and miscellaneous accounts that caught my eye. - updated periodically.
- More extracts from the Naval Chronicle 1799-1816.
The first page was getting rather long.
- HMS CEYLON 1943 - 1982
A history, which recounts some of the Royal Navy`s part in the
war against Japan. Some additional information has been added.
- HMS NEWFOUNDLAND 1942 A brief history
- The Aristocrat Lugger The story
behind a print.
- Sir Sidney Smith`s Flotilla
Follow on from a reference in The Aristocrat Lugger.
- "Infernal Machines" Other
ways of sinking ships. With a link to the Confederate iron-clad ram
- Perils at Sea. The loss of two 19th century troop-ships
- HMS ORESTES and the Portuguese War
- A Biography of Capt. Frederick Marryat
- De Selby and the Conan Fuse A strange Irish story.
- MARGARET and COURIERPart of the crews of two British
ships are captured or killed by Moors off the African coast in 1844. A story told by the captain of
- The Suffering of Six Deserters A story from 1801.
Warning, This is not for the squeamish.
- Murder on the High Seas Smugglers in 1798
- Stealing $40,000 on the High Seas A prosecution from 1812
- The Capture of the HIGHLAND CHIEF
- Attacked by a French privateer in the Indian Ocean.
- The Dreadful Shipwreck of the William Brown, 1841
- The Naval Rendezvous of 1893 by Joseph Mosier
- US Brig Norfolk and the Quasi-War with France by Joseph Mosier
- The Fighting Instructions
- The Loss of HMS SERPENT in 1890
- The St. Fiorenzo and the Pi�montaise - 1808
- The Loss of the Sidney, 1806
- The Health of the Squadron Extracts from a letter from
Commodore Barnet on passage to the East Indies, 1744.
- Bryan Blundell, Merchant Ships, the Royal Navy & Convoy in
the early 18th cent. An article in the Liverpool Nautical Research Society`s
- La Chevrette The story of the capture of a French
corvette in 1801.
- The Loss of the EastIndiaman Earl of Abergavenny, 1805
- The Loss of H.M.Ship Lichfield, cast away on the coast of Barbary, 1758.
- "A Close and Spirited Action" An eyewitness account of a fight at sea in 1756
- To Annoy the Enemy John Thomson R.N., father and son,
Exploring family history with Adam and Giles Quinan. Plus a page of
- Pellew and Les Droits de L`Homme More background
documents for "To annoy the Enemy."
- Official Correspondence on the Treatment of French Prisoners of War 1799-1800
- British Prisoners of War at Verdun Men & Manners in France.
- The Conch 1828 - 1869, by Rosmary Dixon-Smith, A small
trading vessel goes to war in 1842.
- The Memoirs of a Veteran Naval Officer, by
Lieut. William Hunter. Born in 1731, he served in Merchant Ships and East
Indiamen before joining the Royal Navy in 1755. Appointed a Lieutenant of the
Royal Hospital, Greenwich, in 1787. Transcribed from the only publication
of his Memoirs in 1805.
- Naval Miscellany, an information page.
- Guns and Gun ranges,
- Mail Packets.
- Place Names,
- Royal Naval shipyards. etc.
- Devonport Dockyard
and LINKS to Naval Societies and
other interesting sites.
4: Special Presentation:-
THE PERUVIAN NAVY
A series of articles covering the history of the 19th century Peruvian Navy
by Juan del Campo
5: Special Presentation:-
THE NAVY AT GALLIPOLI
Articles taken from the the pages of "The Gallipolian,"
the journal of the Gallipoli Association
Log of Midshipman Dent.
6: Special Presentation:-
Jane is now Mrs Jane Phillips and she can be contacted at
THE IMMORTAL MEMORY
From 1997 until 2005 we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary
of the period of Nelson`s battles. 1997 Saint Vincent - 1998 The Nile -
2001 Copenhagen - 2005 Trafalgar. Although Nelson was in full command at only
two of these, his presence at all of them was decisive.
This section is Jane`s own, where she can pay homage to her great hero with his
history and her own thoughts on the man. She starts with Teneriffe in 1797, a defeat which brought him to
his lowest ebb.
What`s In A Name? The Duality of Bront�. by John Godl.
TRAFALGAR -- Strategy, Tactics
and Ships. Papers, discussion and plans from a 1905 meeting celebrating the centenary
of the battle.
voyer.crosswinds.net has a
comprehensive bibliography on Horatio Nelson. (High graphical content)
7: Special Presentation:-
The Rise and Fall of 15th cent. Chinese Seapower
Fleets of hundreds of immense Chinese junks sailed the
Indian ocean in the middle of the 15th century but less than 100 years later it
was a crime to go to sea from China.
Michael L. Bosworth
dramatic shift in policy.
8: Special Presention:-
A Learning Experience
A series of linked pages on Maritime History primarily intended for
University Courses in Maritime History,
Seminars & Lectures
9: Special Presentation:-
Sir John Franklin and Arctic Exploration
1997 was the 150th anniversary of the death of Sir John
Franklin in the Canadian Arctic.
10: Special Presentation:-
1861 - 1865 The Naval War
11: Special Presentation:-
The Naval War of 1812.
12: Special Presentation:-
World War I
World War I in the Adriatic
13: Special Presentation:-
The Restoration of a Water-Mill
built from the gun-deck timbers of the American frigate Chesapeake in 1820.
Although this project seems to have fallem through I am
keeping this page because of the historical interest.
14: Special Presentations & Links:-
Mr William Bligh RN
People and events associated with William Bligh, and the ships Bounty,
Providence and Assistant.
15: Special Links:-
Shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence
16: Special Links:-
See announcement of new play based on loss of H.M.S. THETIS.
******JOURNALS -- VIDEOS******
17: Special Links:-
Other History Pages
18: Notice Board:-
The Nordmre Museum in Kristiansund, Norway, are restoring the steam trawler
Borgenes which was built in Collingwood in April 1942 as the Admiralty
`Isles` class T-276 Cailiff before being sold to Norway in 1947. They
want to document her wartime career and wish to make contact with anyone who
served in her on convoy duty, or has any recollection of her sister ships. They have located several
photos of the vessel in 1947. Email Sverre Svendsen at email@example.com
John Mitchell has several photos that his late father, Surg. Lieut. John Mitchell,
took on board the Algerine minesweeper HMCS Wallaceburg (later the Belgian
Georges Leconte) in 1944-45. He is offering to scan and post them as
email attachments to anyone interested.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org