Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Sail & Steam Navy List - All The Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889 part2

This book lists all the ships of the Royal Navy from the close of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 to the passage of the Naval Defence Act of 1889. As such it covers in full the transition from the great sailing three-deckers and frigates of Nelson's day to the emergence of the steam-driven, armoured steel battleships and cruisers that played their role in the World Wars of the twentieth century. It includes all vessels built during the Napoleonic era (or before) which remained afloat at the end of that era; and since the year 1889 reflects the final date of ordering, all vessels entering service up to the end of 1890 are also covered. Altogether, some 4,000 warships and auxiliaries are individually described in detail. This was the period of the Pax Britannica, during which its naval dominance of the oceans and seas produced British hegemony over much of the world, and for much of which period Britain was, in modern terms, the sole global superpower. To understand how this was maintained we need to understand the tools through which British seapower was deployed around the world; this book seeks to record all pertinent detail of the evolving nature of those implements.