Discipline in the Royal Navy

The Articles of War (1757 version) rigidly commanded life in the Royal Navy. Flogging was the most common punishment. Previous versions of the articles as well as subsequent emendations are found here. Informative writings are: Life at Sea in the Royal Navy of the 18th Century by Andrew Lambert; Crime and Punishment (NelsonsNavy); Tyranny of the Lash? Punishment in the Royal Navy during the American War, 1776-1783 ((Northern Mariner, 9(#1, 1999): 53-66, based on primary sources)); and Forecastle and quarterdeck : protest, discipline and mutiny in the Royal Navy, 1793-1814. (PhD thesis, University of Warwick, 1990.)

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