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Navy Records Society Publications

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The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 to print unpublished manuscripts and rare works of interest to naval historians and enthusiasts. To date it has published nearly 150 scholarly volumes, each edited and introduced by a leading authority in the appropriate field. The volumes form a unique and invaluable resource for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in the Naval History of Great Britain and the development of naval power in the Modern World.

  • The Durham Papers

    Selections from the Papers of Admiral Sir Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham G.C.B. (1763-1845), 1st Edition

    Edited by Hilary L. Rubinstein

    Admiral Sir Philip Durham (1763–1845) was one of the most distinguished and colourful officers of the late Georgian Navy. His lucky and sometimes controversial career included surviving the sinking of HMS Royal George in 1782, making the first conquest of the tricolour flag in 1793 and the last in…

    Hardback – 2019-05-27 
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  • The Naval Miscellany

    Volume VII, 1st Edition

    Edited by Susan Rose

    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…

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  • The Milne Papers

    Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alexander Milne 1806-1896, Volume I, 1820-1859, 1st Edition

    Edited by John Beeler

    Alexander Milne was the pre-eminent naval administrator of the Victorian Royal Navy, spending eighteen years at the Admiralty between 1847 and 1876, over six of them as First Naval Lord. His administrative career coincided exactly with the greatest technological upheaval in warfare at sea since…

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  • The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War

    The Northern Patrol, 1914-1918, 1st Edition

    Edited by John D. Grainger

    The Tenth Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet had the task of patrolling the seas between Scotland and Greenland to intercept enemy ships trying to escape into the ocean and merchant ships who could be carrying goods destined for Germany. This was a task of great political sensitivity, since almost…

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  • Expedition of Sir John Norris and Sir Francis Drake to Spain and Portugal, 1589

    1st Edition

    By R.B. Wernham

    Actions against the Spanish Armada and campaigns in the Netherlands left the Queen’s coffers empty. For this reason proposals to capture the Spanish treasure fleet were given royal support. The treasure fleet homeward bound from the Americas would be intercepted in the Azores. A diversion at…

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  • Chatham Dockyard, 1815-1865

    The Industrial Transformation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Philip MacDougall

    By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the seven home dockyards of the British Royal Navy employed a workforce of nearly 16,000 men and some women. On account of their size, dockyards add much to our understanding of developing social processes as they pioneered systems of recruitment, training and…

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  • Naval Intelligence from Germany

    The Reports of the British Naval Attachés in Berlin, 1906–1914, 1st Edition

    Edited by Matthew S. Seligmann

    During the course of the Anglo-German naval race, the British Admiralty found a regular flow of information on Germany's naval policy, on her warship construction and on the technical progress of her fleet to be absolutely vital. It was only on the basis of accurate calculations of Germany's…

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  • The Rodney Papers

    Volume I, 1742–1763: Selections from the Correspondence of Admiral Lord Rodney, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Syrett

    Overbearing, avaricious and difficult, yet talented and ambitious, George Brydges Rodney has never attracted much sympathy or understanding. He was nevertheless an original thinker and one of the great admirals of the eighteenth century. The contents of this volume, the first of three, document his…

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  • Sea Power and the Control of Trade

    Belligerent Rights from the Russian War to the Beira Patrol, 1854–1970, 1st Edition

    Edited by Nicholas Tracy

    The ability to influence world events through control of seaborne trade was profoundly affected by 19th-century developments in economic theory, commercial organization and naval technology, and by the growing power of the United States. In consequence the international law of belligerent rights at…

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  • The Naval Miscellany

    Volume VI, 1st Edition

    Edited by Susan Rose

    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…

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  • The Rodney Papers

    Volume II: 1763-1780: Selections from the Correspondence of Admiral Lord Rodney, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Syrett

    This, the second of three volumes of the correspondence of George Brydges Rodney, covers the admiral's life from the end of the Seven Years War in 1763 until August 1780. This was perhaps his most eventful, extraordinary and controversial period; from being a successful admiral, a member of…

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  • The Mediterranean Fleet, 1930-1939

    1st Edition

    By Paul G. Halpern

    The Mediterranean Fleet entered the 1930s looking back to the lessons of Jutland and the First World War but also seeking to incorporate new technologies, notably air power. Unfortunately in the depression years of the early 1930s there was a lack of funds to remedy deficiencies. The problem became…

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  • The Submarine Service, 1900–1918

    1st Edition

    Edited by Nicholas Lambert

    The year 2001 marks the centenary of the Royal Navy's submarine service. In the aftermath of the 2016 celebrations of the Battle of Jutland centenary, it is worth considering how the First World War at sea changed. This volume opens with an examination of the background to the Board of…

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  • The Collective Naval Defence of Empire, 1900–1940

    1st Edition

    Edited by Nicholas Tracy

    This collection of high policy documents charts Britain’s difficulties in defending the Empire in a time of ’imperial overstretch’. The 20th century saw the rise of several great maritime and military powers and the relative decline of British strength, which created major defence problems for the…

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  • The Hawke Papers

    A Selection 1743–1771, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ruddock F. Mackay

    Edward Hawke (1705-1781) had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, serving for over half a century and finally becoming First Lord of the Admiralty. This book is a selection of his papers chosen from between 1743 and 1771, providing information on every significant stage in Hawke's…

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  • Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1919–1939

    1st Edition

    Edited by Michael Simpson

    The second in a projected set of five volumes dealing with Anglo America Naval Relations, this volume brings together documents from the period 1919-1939 which was dominated by a series of naval arms limitation and disarmament conferences. The book also includes a section of documents that deal…

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  • The Royal Navy in River Plate 1806–1807

    1st Edition

    Edited by John D. Grainger

    This book presents a collection of contemporary documents throwing light on the campaigns by the Royal Navy, in association with the army, on cities of the Spanish Empire in South America, beginning with the (unauthorised) assault on Buenos Aires in 1806, by Sir Home Popham. One of Popham’s aims…

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  • The Defeat of the Enemy Attack upon Shipping, 1939–1945

    A Revised Edition of the Naval Staff History, 1st Edition

    Edited by Eric J. Grove

    During the First World War German use of unrestricted submarine warfare, supported by extensive mining and surface raids, very nearly forced Britain out of the war in 1917. The island’s heavy dependence on seaborne supplies was gravely threatened again in 1939, supplemented this time by air attacks…

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  • The Somerville Papers

    Selections from the Private and Official Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville, GCB, GBE, DSO, 1st Edition

    Edited by Michael Simpson

    Sir James Somerville (1882-1949) was one of the great influences on the 20th-century navy, both as a commander of fleets and a pioneer of radio and radar. The Admiral's extensive correspondence, diaries and reports are deposited in the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge. These edited…

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  • Naval Courts Martial, 1793-1815

    1st Edition

    By John D. Byrn

    This collection of naval court martial transcripts and related documents from the time of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars contributes not only to our understanding of military jurisprudence in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries but also to our knowledge of Georgian and…

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  • The Milne Papers

    Volume II: The Royal Navy and the Outbreak of the American Civil War, 1860-1862, 1st Edition

    Edited by John Beeler

    Centred upon a man who never participated in combat operations during his sixty-year naval career, this volume depicts the routine peacetime operations of the mid-Victorian Royal Navy, operations that have received short shrift in naval histories, even though they have constituted the bulk of the…

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  • The Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ben Jones

    This is the first of three volumes detailing the history of the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers and naval air squadrons, during the Second World War. It deals with the formative period between 1939 and 1941 when the Fleet Air Arm tried to recover from the impact of dual control…

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  • Letters and Papers of Professor Sir John Knox Laughton, 1830-1915

    1st Edition

    Edited by Andrew D. Lambert

    John Knox Laughton created modern naval history to harmonise the adacemic standards of the new English historical profession with the strategic and doctrinal needs of the contemporary Royal Navy. His correspondents included major figures in both the historical and the naval professions: Alfred T.…

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  • The Cunningham Papers

    Volume II: The Triumph of Allied Sea Power 1942–1946, 1st Edition

    By Michael Simpson

    Following America's entry into World War Two, there was a necessity for the Royal Navy to strengthen co-operation with the United States Navy. Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham's brief term as head of the British Admiralty Delegation in Washington was to endear him to the Americans so much so that they…

    Paperback – 2018-11-22
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  • The Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War, Volume II, 1942-1943

    The Fleet Air Arm in Transition – the Mediterranean, Battle of the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ben Jones

    This is the second of three volumes covering the transformation of the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. As the subtitle of this volume ‘The Fleet Air Arm in Transition’ suggests, the years 1942-1943 marked a stepping stone between the small pre-war cadre operating from a small number of…

    Hardback – 2018-06-07
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  • The Naval Miscellany

    Volume VIII, 1st Edition

    Edited by Brian Vale

    Brian Vale is a naval historian with degrees from Keele and King’s College London. A life-long member of the Society for Nautical Research and the Navy Records Society, he has long specialised in Anglo-South American maritime history. His books include Independence or Death! British sailors and…

    Hardback – 2017-06-26
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  • The Channel Fleet and the Blockade of Brest 1793–1801

    1st Edition

    By Roger Morriss

    During the French Revolutionary War the Channel Fleet played the crucial role of defending Britain from invasion, protecting Britain’s incoming and outgoing trade through the Channel and Western Approaches, and preventing the French Brest fleet from setting forth on raids and expeditions.…

    Hardback – 2001-07-13
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  • The Anthony Roll of Henry VIII’s Navy

    Pepys Library 2991 and British Library Add MS 22047 with Related Material, 1st Edition

    By C.S. Knighton, D.M. Loades

    Here for the first time complete in print is the famous pictorial survey of Henry VIII’s navy compiled in 1546 by Anthony Anthony, a clerk in the ordnance office. Originally comprising three rolls of vellum, the MS features paintings of each of the king’s 58 ships, below which are set details of…

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