The Royal Navy may have had command of the oceans, but no navy has ever mastered them. Shipwrecks are an inevitable consequence from which the Royal Navy was not immune. In Narratives of shipwrecks of the Royal Navy between 1793 and 1857 / compiled principally from official documents in the Admiralty (3d ed., 1864), W. O. Gilly presents selected examples of these maritime disasters as well as a list of all shipwrecks between 1793 and 1857. A rather lengthy preface by W. S. Gilly (The author’s father, a writer in his own right, who possessed “…a warm interest in all that concerns the navy”. vii) makes for fascinating reading.
Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy