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Derrick's "Memoirs of the rise and progress of the Royal Navy" (1806)

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Author:  Charles Derrick

Published        1806



Description from Cambridge University Press:


“Following the British naval successes of the early French Revolutionary Wars, which culminated in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, public interest in the history and growth of the Royal Navy increased dramatically, inspiring the publication of scholarly works relating to naval history. This volume, written by Naval Office clerk Charles Derrick and first published in 1806, contains a detailed account of the changes in the state of the Royal Navy between 1485 and 1805. Derrick focuses on the decline and growth of the number of ships in the Navy during the reign of each monarch through this period, listing the number of ships and tonnage at the start of each reign and describing innovations and new ships built during the period. Including copies of contemporary naval reports on ship numbers, tonnage and shipbuilding techniques, this clear and concise study remains a valuable reference for the study of naval history.”


Download available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=3CoVAAAAQAAJ

Purchase printed reproduction ($42.99) at: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/history/military-history/memoirs-rise-and-progress-royal-navy


In addition to numerous listings of the ships in service (including, for many, their principal dimensions and number of men in the crew), there are several appendices wherein various dimensions from the Establishments of 1677, 1691, 1706, 1719, and 1745, as well as the proposals from 1733 and 1741 are listed.  Additional tables show the weights of bower anchors and cables for various establishments (page 266), and dimensions of cannon and the guns (number and weight) from various periods. 


Note that this is the source used in the 1860 Encyclopedia Britannica article on Shipbuilding.




Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

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Just downloaded and scanned the pages. Interesting material.



Current Built: Zeehaen 1639, Dutch Fluit from Dutch explorer Abel J. Tasman


Unofficial motto of the VOC: "God is good, but trade is better"


Many people believe that Captain J. Cook discovered Australia in 1770. They tend to forget that Dutch mariner Willem Janszoon landed on Australia’s northern coast in 1606. Cook never even sighted the coast of Western Australia).

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