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Letters, Armed Forces, Civil-Military Relations, Defence Engagement, Dockyards & Ports, General, National Defence, Naval Platforms
1 minute, 47 seconds

Letter to the Editor: The Emperor’s Clothes

By Tearless,
17 Aug 23

Ed. The author expresses their concern with the condition of the ships in Portsmouth Harbour, and what image the RN conveys to the public, both domestic and foreign.

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Air Power, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Convoy Operations, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Strategic Bombing, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection
16 minutes, 53 seconds

Malta and the Mediterranean Fleet, 1940-1943: A Dissenting Perspective

18 Jun 23

Ed. In his analysis of strategic lessons to be drawn from the Second World War [40/4. p. 432], Captain S. W. Roskill, RN, wrote, “It took much ‘sad experience’ to show that Malta could have been properly defended and could have been kept in use as a base.” Roger Plumtree reconsiders the Maltese narrow margin with the question in mind: was Roskill wrong? A 15 minute read.

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Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, People, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Trade Interdiction and Protection, War of Austrian Succession
25 minutes, 53 seconds

The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (I)

15 Mar 23

Ed. The first of a two-part series, as a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, the author examines the role of black labour in the Atlantic maritime system, from which the Royal Navy’s black sailors were drawn during the 18th century. This instalment focuses on the tragedy of black slavery as a component of the Atlantic system, and the remarkable achievements of those slaves who nevertheless became Royal Navy sailors. A 30 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Dockyards & Ports, Engineering, History of Science, Industrial Revolution, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval Architecture, Naval Engineering, Naval History, People, Technology
26 minutes, 51 seconds

Sir Samuel Bentham 1757-1831: Civil Architect and the First Engineer of the Royal Navy

08 Mar 23

Ed. Not too unlike the Hellenstic inventor Archimedes and his patron Hiero II of Syracuse, or 20th century technologists such as Bob Noyce and William Shockley, brothers Samuel and Jeremy Bentham were a pair of functionalist Georgian characters. While Jeremy is well known for his contributions to the Reform Movement and utilitarian philosophy, the younger brother Samuel, a prototypical early steam-era inventor and Royal Navy engineer, in the mold of predecessors such as Thomas Slade and Charles Middleton, or successors like Sir Robert Seppings and Sir Nathaniel Barnaby, is less well known. The authors herein examine Samuel Bentham’s life and work. A 30 minute read.

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