Royal Navy Sailing Ships’ Histories

Ships of the Old Navy provides not only an enumeration of ships between 1750 and 1840, but also recounts their history and in some cases prints contemporary source documents involving the ship in question. Entries can range from a terse description like this one for the cutter Hector to a comprehensive history for the first rate Victory. Another worthwhile resource is Index of 19th Century Naval Vessels and some of their movements that includes 5,000 ships and recounts their exploits, many of them from William James’ six-volume Naval History of Great Britain (1837).

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