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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Dockyards & Ports, General, Industrial Revolution, Learning From The Past, Logistics, Naval History, Naval Platforms, People, Victualing
28 minutes, 44 seconds

Battleship Provisioning

By Lt Cdr Lester May RN (rtd),
26 Oct 23

Ed. The author investigates the perhaps surprising legacy of early 20th century warship provisioning. While the cornucopia of commodities required to provision a Dreadnought-class battleship is to be expected, the long duration and haphazard nature of the victualing system emphasizes historical continuity and institutional ossification in an otherwise transformative era. A 30 minute read.

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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, Air Power, Armed Forces, Baltic, Blockade, Civil-Military Relations, Combined Arms, Convoy Operations, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Industrial Revolution, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Maritime Strategy, Morale, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Tactics, Naval Warfare, Operational Art, Operational Planning, People, Risk Management, Seapower, Service Culture, The Naval Review
20 minutes, 54 seconds

The Nelson Touch: An Effects Based Approach?

By Prof Geoffrey Till,
21 Oct 23

Ed. For the bicentenary of Trafalgar Day in 2005, distinguished scholars and Naval Review members produced a series of articles on Nelson’s legacy for the 21st century [93/4, p. 320]. Professor Geoffrey Till provided the following comparison between the then emerging Effects Based Approach (EBA) and the illusive Nelson Touch. Reprinted here for the 218th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. A 20 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

By CPT JOHN WILLS RN (RTD) AND KEN FLEMING,
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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