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Navy Records Online is an ever-expanding online archive of miscellaneous British naval records and is the internet publishing arm of the Navy Records Society (est. 1893).

Become a MemberFor £20 a year members will receive exclusive access to the latest discoveries and will be able to browse the online archive of charts, portraits, cartoons, logs, letters, diaries, battle plans, sketchbooks, photograph albums and videos. Our goal is to preserve significant naval records of every type. Read More

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Thomas de Snetesham’s accounts for 1345 and 1346

This set of accounts for 1345 and 1346, drawn up by Thomas de Snetesham, Clerk of the King’s Ships in the reign of Edward III, includes the earliest known reference to navigational instruments on an English ship. Snetesham was first appointed to a posi... Read More

Yangtse River Gunboat Patrol, 1932

Chief Petty Officer Albert Ellard’s photograph album, recording a voyage up the Yangtse River in HM Gunboat Tern from the sea north of Shanghai 1500 miles to Chunking, the safe limit of navigation at high water, c.1932.   Albert Ellard’s ... Read More