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).

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Black Sailors in the Royal Navy c.1810

Two letters and a narrative account describing the treatment of black sailors in the Royal Navy c.1810. There is plenty of varied archival evidence for a ‘Black’ presence in the Royal Navy from the mid-18th century onwards. An Admiralty file at the... Read More

Midshipman Blockhead

*Waiting room at the Admiralty (* no misnomer) By George Cruikshank, published by Thomas McLean, 1 August 1835 In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, satirists and public commentators who had previously made the Royal Navy a central component of thei... Read More