The Naval War
France's armies ruled Europe, the waves were dominated
by Britain's Royal Navy.
by huge amounts of money, Britain's wooden walls
kept it safe from invasion and enabled it to build
a trading empire.
Royal Navy's key tactic was to attack whenever possible
and its admirals and captains obliged with gusto.
We have biographies for the leading sailors including
Horatio Nelson, Cuthbert Collingwood, Thomas Cochrane
and Edward Pellew.
the following pages we cover many aspects of naval
warfare in the age of fighting sail and provide some
wonderful images from naval artists such as Paul Deacon
and Richard Moore.
detail the naval balance between the Powers in the
Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, explain the type
of ships that were used, what life was like aboard
a sailing warship, how far cannons could fire and
provide a glossary of naval terms.
also describe key battles such as Camperdown,
The Nile and,
of course, Trafalgar
warfare during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
was a time for heroes and great deeds and still captures
the imagination with tales about Hornblower
and Jack Aubrey.
Conditions of the Fleets
The Leading Sailors
Officers and Crew
Naval Cannon Ranges
Royal Navy Ship Ratings
Royal Navy Pay
Navy Half Pay
Mutiny at Spithead
Mutiny at the Nore
British Ships at Anchor
Art of Paul Deacon
of Richard Moore
Cape St Vincent
orders of battle at the Nile
orders at the Nile
War of 1812: Naval Duels
British Boarding Party in Action
Bombardment of Toulon
Nelson is Wounded
Report of Their "victory" at Trafalgar
English Newspaper Report
Royal Navy Order of
Order of Battle
Spanish Order of Battle
Letter to Admiral Collingwood
Flags of Nelson's
"England Expects" Signal
French Prizes Sink