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Here you will find a series of information sheets in PDF format for download. You can also access a number of Reading Lists for further information.

These sheets are currently being updated and therefore some may be unavailable.

A full set of factsheets are available in the library. Please use the Contact Us page to request a factsheet to be sent to you.
 

Subject Index

 

People

 
William Bligh
Thomas Cochrane
John Franklin
Richard Grenville
Thomas M Hardy
John Harrison
Samuel Hood 
Roger Keyes
Samuel Pepys
Robert F Scott
James Sommerville
Arthur Tisdall VC
Thomas Ussher 
Philip Vian
W J Whitworth 
W L Wyllie 
 
 

Ships and vessels

 
Bismarck
Chesapeake
Coastal forces in WW2 
HMS Foudroyant 
HMS Hampshire
HMS Hood 
HMS Royal George 
State barge of Charles II 
Steam Pinnace 198
Tirpitz
 
 

General naval history

 
Impressment 
Naval rankings
Naval regulations,
“Paintwork vs. Gunnery” controversy
Royal Naval Division 
Royal Reviews of the Fleet,
Signals at sea
Spanish Armada 
Squadronal colours
Women’s Royal Naval Service
WW1 RNVR prefixes
 
 

Naval social history and customs

 
Bone models of men of war 
Field Gun Run
Nicknames of Portsmouth, Chatham and Devonport 
Sailor’s hornpipe 
Ship biscuits 
Trafalgar Night Dinners
Tribal Trophy 
Warship weeks
 
 

Naval battles and operations

 
Antarctic expeditions
D-Day (Normandy landings) 
Flamborough Head
Jutland (VC winners)
Operation Pedestal
Quiberon Bay
Sinking of the Bismarck 
Spanish Armada
War of 1812
 
 

Our collections

 
Enigma machine 
Figureheads
Genealogical sources
Naval regulations
Nelson masks 
Non naval library sources 
Women’s Royal Naval Service
 
 

Maritime history

 
Piracy 
Slavery
 
 

General reference resources

 
Flag makers 
Genealogical sources 
Naval rankings
Naval regulations 
Non naval library sources