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You can ex­plore tagged blog en­tries that de­tail some of Find­my­past’s naval ma­te­rial via blog.find­my­ royal-navy. Gen­er­ated through part­ner­ships with The Na­tional Ar­chives, a great deal of the ma­te­rial cov­ers the 20th cen­tury, but there are datasets that reach fur­ther back to the 19th cen­tury.

Other com­mer­cial web­sites with im­por­tant col­lec­tions in­clude Ances­try ( ances­­i­tary), which has the likes of Naval Medal and Award Rolls (1793-1972) and Naval Of­fi­cer and Rat­ing Ser­vice Records (1802-1919). The lat­ter in­cludes musters and pay reg­is­ters.

Al­though our ex­perts this month have al­ready high­lighted age­ofnel­son. org, it’s also worth men­tion­ing that it has two use­ful data­bases of Royal Navy of­fi­cers in the French Revo­lu­tion­ary and Napoleonic wars (1793-1815) and the sea­men and marines who fought at the Bat­tle of Trafal­gar.

The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( NOAA), the Amer­i­can Na­tional Ar­chives, The Na­tional Ar­chives, the Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum and var­i­ous other part­ners have all con­trib­uted to the old­ crowd­sourc­ing pro­ject. Dig­i­tal copies of ship’s logs are be­ing tran­scribed here, and through the new whal­ing voy­age sis­ter site ( whal­ing.old­ Al­though the aim of the pro­ject is to record ob­ser­va­tions of weather pat­terns shown in the log­books, it can also give you fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights into life on the open waves. There’s a use­ful list of mar­itime and naval mu­se­ums in Bri­tain and Ire­land at peo­­se­ums. htm, and Rock, Tem­pest, Fire, Foe is a data­base of UK ship­wrecks ( www.ship­

The pre-Se­cond World War sec­tion of ship­spic­ does in­clude some very late Vic­to­rian ves­sels, but cer­tainly the main fo­cus is the 20th cen­tury. Mean­while there’s also navypho­tos., a pri­vate col­lec­tion of RN war­ships stretch­ing back to the mid-1800s. Or you can ex­plore the ‘Age of Sail’ sec­tion of mil­i­tary­fac­ of-sail.asp.

You can read about the his­tory of the RN’s most fa­mous ship via hms-vic­­tory. Other sites of note in­clude Portsmouth His­toric Dock­yard ( his­toric­dock­, navyrecord­son­line. – the on­line arm of the Navy Records So­ci­ety ( navyrecords., the Im­pe­rial War Mu­se­ums’ RN re­search guide ( col­lec­tions-re­search/ trac­ing-your-fam­i­lyhis­tory/trac­ing-your­royal-naval-his­tory/ where-to-find­royal-navy-ser­vicere­cords) and the World Naval Ships fo­rum ( world­naval­ fo­rums).

The Mar­itime and Naval Mu­se­ums in Bri­tain and Ire­land web­site home­page

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