British Naval History

The Naval History Collection contains 500 books on the voyages and maritime operations of Great Britain's Royal Navy in the 18th-20th centuries.  The collection includes early navigation manuals, illustrated glossaries of naval terms, reports of major voyages such as those of captains Cook and Hawkesworth, as well as other types of material.  The books are primarily in English, and the earliest item is dated 1696.

Ships' logs, signal books, seamanship notebooks, and correspondence collected by Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham, as well as the professional papers and extensive correspondence of UCI professor and historian Arthur J. Marder, complement the published books.


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Signals for the British Royal Navy
Ice Islands

"The Ice Islands" in James Cook's voyage.

A New Zealander encountered during one of Captain James Cook's voyages.