Research – Navies and naval matters

Naval subjects


Much more to come...

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)
HMS St. Lawrence – some notes, illustrations, armament, etc.
Rush-Bagot Agreement – April 28, 1818
Princess Royal – blockade runner, 1863
Habakkuk – an extraordinary WWII "invention" with anecdotes by W.S Churchill
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.


Commander W. Hovgaard, Submarine boats, 1915.
Commander William Hovgaard – a short biography.
Part I – Historical review.
Part II – A discussion of the principal features of the design of submarine boats.
Part III – Images: photos and schematics.
Aircraft carrier steam catapults, 1953 - from hydro-pneumatic to slotted cylinder, Commander (E) W. R. Stewart.
The catapult in HMS Ark Royal, 1956 - first slotted cylider type, LCdr K. B. Denison.
Aircraft carrier development, 1965 - catapults and arresters, Vice-Admiral Sir Raymond Hawkins.

Officers, men and women:

Relative ranks, Royal Navy and Army - Admiralty, 1747.
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...
The Canadian Raid on Dieppe, 1942, LCdr Roy S. Portchmouth recalls his involvement as a young Ordinary Seaman
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 - the official report of October 1949
Mainguy Report - RCN "mutinies", article by Dr. Richard Gimblett
Mainguy Report - thesis "A Sickly Season: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Mainguy Commission", K.D. Calow
Matthew Henry Scott - from Lieutenant to Admiral
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.
HMS Victory - quill pens for the Great Cabin (1966).


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 Perils of Sea Power in the pre-WWI Era - Christopher West's call for Canadian Diplomacy in the Naval Debate (a detailed paper.)
The Defence of Canada In the Light of Canadian History - by Christpher West (1914); Canadian thinking on militarism.
Copper sheathing - some notes on its origins, many from the Royal Navy
Diego Garcia - Chagos - sketch map and notes concerning this naval base
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.