This seventh volume of Naval Miscellany contains documents which range in date from the late thirteenth century to the Korean War. They illustrate the many different ways in which the naval forces of the crown have served the realm. Topics covered include the role of ships in campaigns against Scotland under Edward I and Edward VI, the protection of the Iceland fishery in the days of the Commonwealth government, and the operation of prize courts during the wars against France in the eighteenth century. Moving on to the nineteenth century, the supply of timber to the Royal Navy is examined, while two contributions deal with surveying off the west coast of Africa and another prints a diary kept by a member of the Naval Brigade operating onshore in the Zulu War. The most recent contributions deal with the origins and development of the Royal Australian Navy up to the 1950s. Two more controversial subjects are also included; the first gives more information about the storage of cordite on battle cruisers in 1916 and the battle of Jutland; the second documents the relief of Admiral North from Gibraltar in 1940. There is something here for every enthusiast for naval history and for all students of the relevant periods.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; The provision of ships for Edward I's campaigns in Scotland 1300-1306: barges and merchantmen, Susan Rose; Lord Admiral Lisle and the invasion of Scotland, 1544, C.S. Knighton and David Loades; The journal of the voyage of the Marigold to Iceland, 1654, Evan T. Jones; Neutrality sovereignty and jurisdiction: 2 cases in the Admiralty Court, 1758-1805, Richard Hill; The supply of timber for the Royal Navy, c.1803-c.1830, P.K. Crimmin; The journal of Lieutenant George Bedford, 1835-1836, surveying on the West Coast of Africa, Matthew Sheldon; The journal of Lieutenant Charles Knowles in the River Niger, 1864, Robert Wilson; The diary of Signal Bosun Henry Eason: the Naval Brigade in the Zulu war, 1879, Paul Quinn; The autobiography of Chief Gunner Alexander Grant: HMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland, 1916, Eric Grove; Australian naval defence: selections from the papers and correspondence of Captain W.H.C.S. Thring, 1913-1934, David Stevens; The relief of Admiral North from Gibraltar in 1940, Robin Brodhurst and Michael Simpson; The development of an independent Navy for Australia: correspondence between the First Naval Member and the First Sea Lord, 1947-1959, Alastair Cooper; Index.
Susan Rose is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK.
’... an interesting and varied mix of articles... within these pages there is something for pretty much every serious naval historian.’ Navy News