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Diaries & journals


Journal of the Reverend William Elliot, a Georgian Naval Chaplain

Based around his Journal covering March 1808 to November 1814 this gives some insight onto the role of the Naval Chaplains who served during the Napoleonic Wars. The original journal is available as a PDF, as is the full transcript.

Journal of A.B, (Gunner) William Judson 1908 to 1910

Follows William as part of the crew draft of the gunboat H.M.S READBREAST on the East Indies Station. From RN Barracks Plymouth (VIVID) to Bombay and anti-smuggling patrols in the Persian Gulf from April 1908 until paying off in March 1910 and his return to H.M.S. VIVID.


Diary of Gunner August Joyce Halden, Royal Marine Artillery

Covering December 1903 to August 1906 Gunner Halden records events during his time on the China Station. Transcript and scrapbook available

The diary of Petty Officer Ernest Arthur Cobb

Diary of events during the ill-fated first commission of the Hawkins-class heavy cruiser, HMS Raleigh on the North America and West Indies Station, wrecked after only a year in service.2.


Eleven months aboard H.M. Submarine STORM

Formed around extracts from the wartime diary of Able Seaman (Torpedoman) Harold Machin who served on H.M. S/M STORM during her service with the Eastern Fleet. The diary covers the period January to November 1944. .

Eleven months aboard HMS INDOMITABLE

One sailors diary of his first eleven months at sea on the new Fleet Carrier HMS INDOMITABLE covering September 1941 to August 1942 - combined with another sailors photographs this gives an insight into the first year of the ship's commission.







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