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DJ_59

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RN: Links For Further Research
« on: October 10, 2010, 12:43:27 am »
This is where you can find links to sites with interesting information, photos, time lines and other things that pertain to the ships of the British Navy, among other things.  When you find a good site, one that you think others here would enjoy or benefit from, please post a link and at least some kind of description.  Soon we'll have a compiled list of these in another section (called Resources), but for now we'll just collect them here.

 

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Re: RN: Links For Further Research
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 12:58:04 am »
Here are a few links to start it off.

WEATHER CODES http://www.wolstanton.org.uk/public_html/web_weather/web/code_weather_letters.php: B? C? BC? HUH?  Here's a chart that explains all the weather codes you see every day on Old Weather's ship's logs!

ROYAL NAVY http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/: All kinds of sub-links from this, including one to "History", where you can choose different eras, including 1914-1939.

NAVAL HISTORY NET http://www.naval-history.net/Oxon01-ShipList.htm: Another site where you can find all kinds of facts, battle descriptions and more.  This link leads right to a very large list of the ships. 

BRITAIN AT WAR MAGAZINE http://www.britain-at-war-magazine.com: A nicely done online magazine with plenty of historical info and interesting articles.




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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010, 01:29:47 pm »
Royal Navy Dockyards : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Navy_Dockyard : lists former and current dockyards/harbours

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2010, 12:09:40 pm »
Take a look at www.cloudobservers.co.uk  The Navy had its own weather service and this site gives the history of the Meteorological Observers branch. It is run by retired members of the branch and as I am sure they will be interested in this site I will post a link there.

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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2010, 03:26:29 pm »
www.wrecksite.eu is usefull if it is on the bottom.


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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2010, 07:06:16 pm »
While trying to find some sort of guide to reading navy log books, I stumbled across this site which provides some details of the life cabin boys in the British navy. In 1794, the minimum age was raised to 13... from 9! I can't even imagine putting a nine year old into that environment.

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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 08:04:41 am »
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/

Great resource with lots of news stories if you enter the name of your ship and then click on Exact Phrase for your search.

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Re: RN: Links For Further Research
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010, 03:48:57 pm »
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/search.asp

Helpful if you do want to research further

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2010, 12:01:05 am »
Diary of a Midshipman
N. K. Calder.
an interesting real persons account of serving aboard HMS Royal Soveriegn at Scapa Flow during 1917 and 1918.

http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/Scapa_Diary/Index.html


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Re: RN: Links For Further Research
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2010, 10:18:58 pm »
Whilst trying to see if my ship was back in the Plymouth area, I found this site

http://www.visitmyharbour.com/

where you can view nautical charts for GB waters.

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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2010, 05:54:57 pm »
DJ_59 - a couple of your links are a bit dodgy and don't work.

Naval History Net should be http://www.naval-history.net/Oxon01-ShipList.htm

Royal Navy should be http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2010, 01:16:06 pm »
The internet archive has got a huge amount of online texts that caan be downloaded or read online.
It has reciprocal agreements with many international universities and so has some extremely obscure texts, all available without an account.
For some reason the university of Toronto has got a large collection of Royal Navy records (including memoirs and logs)

You can access the internet archive here - and search it by keyword.


I found this rather good collection of eye-witness accounts of The Battle of jutland at the Internet archive - it ranges across comanders to surgeons and gunners - a great read.


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As an interesting aside - the Internet archive also has a section called the wayback machine - which has taken regular archives of the internet almost since its inception. It is a brilliant way to view a website that has disappeared from the web, or that has been re-built and lost some content.
You just enter the old url and it presents you with a list of dates to view that website at.

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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2010, 09:36:58 pm »
It was suggested I repost this here:

Just remembered a brilliant new resource - the old Pathe Newsreels at http://www.britishpathe.com/ which cover the period of the logbooks.

You will have to search for particular naval-related subjects.

One of my projects in the far distant future is to compile a list of the naval ones and post it on the internet.

If anyone does i/d newsreels of interest will they email me at naval-history@ntlworld.com with the URL and subject. That way your researches won't go to waste, you won't be forgotten (!), and I can start to build-up the list.

Thanks

Gordon


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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2010, 12:51:53 am »
A great source of contemporary information are the Navy and relevant Army despatches and much more on the World War 1 in the London Gazettes. Just google.

It takes a while to get used to the layout, but when you do it's a goldmine. So far I've pulled out all the naval-related despatches, honours and gallantry awards, and prize and salvage money. You can find a lot of what I have put online at www.naval-history.net - mainly near the top in the right hand column.

Reading these despatches AND the logs is something else again.

Gordon