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ed. Chris Howard Bailey -
"The Life and Times of Admiral Sir Frank Twiss: Social change in the Royal Navy 1924 -1970"

Stanley Bonnett -
"The Price of Admiralty: An indictment of the Royal Navy 1805 - 1966"

A. Trystan Edwards
"Three rows of Tape": A Social History of the Lower Deck

Gilraldus (Gerald O'Driscoll)
"Awful Disclosures of a Bluejacket"

Robert Glenton
The Royal Oak Affair

GUNS Q. F. C. and Phyl Theeluker
"Middle Watch Musings"

Peter Kemp -
"The British Sailor: a social history of the lower deck"

Sidney Knock -
"The Nautilus Library no. 22: 'Clear Lower Deck' - An Intimate Study of the Men of the Royal Navy by Sidney Knock"

Harold D. Langley
"Social Reform in the United States Navy, 1798 - 1862"

Michael Lewis -
"England's Sea Officers: The Story of the Naval Profession"

Michael Lewis -
"A Social History of the Navy 1793 - 1815"

Michael Lewis -
"The Navy in Transition 1814 - 1864"

Christopher McKee -
"Sober Men and True"

Lt.Cdr. D. W. Murdoch MBE., RN.
“Don's Story”: Royal Navy Artificer to Engineer Officer 1960's to 1970's. Autobiography

Sam Noble
"Sam Noble, A.B.: 'Tween Decks in the Seventies: An Autobiography"

Peter Padfield
"Rule Britannia - The Victorian and Edwardian Navy"

Cdr. Randolph Pears
"Young Sea Dogs"

David Phillipson
"Roll on the Rodney"

Roland Pietsch
THE REAL JIM HAWKINS: Ship's Boys in the Georgian Navy

Stark, Suzanne J.
Female Tars: Women aboard ship in the age of sail:

Peter Thomas & Nicholas Tracy
MASTER & MADMAN - The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN

Ronald Walsh

John Winton
HURRAH FOR THE LIFE OF A SAILOR - Life on the Lower-deck of the Victorian Navy

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Ronald Walsh served throughout WW2 and beyond. This very informative and interesting personal and well observed account of a senior rate’s experience of the Royal Navy in war and peace. The tough lifestyle and rudimentary conditions on the lower deck of its warships showed few signs of improvement in peacetime. Coupled with wardroom indifference and the Admiralty’s conservatism, it was several years before the ordinary seaman saw any improvement in conditions.    
The British Sailor: a social history of the lower deck - Peter Kemp - This book deals with it all in detail, from the time of the Spanish Armada in 1588 to the outbreak of the 1914-18 war. It is based on deep research into contemporary documents and reports, and traces the gradual evolution of a social conscience in the Royal Navy.
The humanitarian spirit that swept nineteenth-century America- left its mark on virtually all aspects of life. Historians have chronicled its impact on Negro slavery, on workers, women, children, the poor, the insane, and the imprisoned, but its role in the military realm remains a neglected area for historical exploration. Professor Langley here provides a fascinating account of the impact of this reform spirit on the United States Navy, and especially on the lot of the common sailor.
MASTER & MADMAN - The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN by Peter Thomas & Nicholas Tracy. This epic story of a Georgian sailor presents a honest and gritty picture of the Royal Navy at war, and rare insights into social change in an age of aristocracy and revolution.
HURRAH FOR THE LIFE OF A SAILOR - Life on the Lower-deck of the Victorian Navy by John Winton: From sea ballads and music-hall songs, from Victorian melodramas and advertisements, from admirals' dispatches and memoirs, from ships' logs and from sailors' own diaries and reminiscences, John Winton has recaptured the flavour of life on the lower-deck of the Royal Navy in the nineteenth century and the rise in the sailor's status. By 1900 he had become the darling of the Victorian public, who all loved Jack.
The officers of the 'Silent Service', as a body, have hitherto had no biographer: but they have found one now in the Professor of History at Greenwich, the University of the Navy. England's Sea-Officers is the story of the Naval Profession, its origins, and its growth from earliest times to the present day.
A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE NAVY 1793-1815 - Michael Lewis; It examines their parentage and home backgrounds, both social and geographical; how they were entered and recruited; how they were promoted—or not, if they were not fortunate enough to enjoy `Interest'; how they were housed and fed on board, from the lordly Captain to the humblest Boy; how they were rewarded—their pay, allowances, prize-money and other possible emoluments; and, finally, the price they paid for saving Britain —their losses by enemy action, accident and disease. The Navy in Transition: a social history 1814-1864 - Michael Lewis; Its facts, and the anecdotes which illuminate those facts, are drawn from contemporary documents, ranging from Navy Lists and Admiralty Orders to the journals and recollections of the men concerned; the illustrations of ships and men are contemporary too.
A genuine piece of narrative work, truly descriptive of training-ship and lower-deck life, from boy to A.B. It is as faithful as, and more amusing than Dana's "Two Tears before the Mast." It deserves classic rank itself for its humour, its shrewdness, its sense of character as applied to all ranks, its appreciation of men, manners and scenery, its very human touch of filial love and its fearless accuracy.
'Clear Lower Deck' - An Intimate Study of the Men of the Royal Navy by Sidney Knock is an excellent source for details of a Royal Navy sailor's life on the lower deck. The author had served with a certain pride and was part of a growing movement that only wanted to improve and raise standards in a service in which social conditions lagged behind post Great War expectations. The first edition is now very scarce. Awful disclosures of a bluejacket by Giraldus (Gerald O’Driscoll);  a humorous and entertaining account of service in the Royal Navy written from a lower deck P.O.V. Illustrated with 14 full page drawings by W. J. McCluney. Middle Watch Musings by GUNS Q. F. C. and Phyl Theeluker. An illustrated humorous and entertaining look at the Royal Navy in the Edwardian era prior to the Great War.
The Real Jim Hawkins; Ships' Boys in the Georgian Navy by Roland Pietsch is a groundbreaking new work, a study of the origins, life and culture of the boys of the Georgian navy. More than 5,000 boys were recruited during the Seven Years War alone and without them the Royal Navy could not have fought its wars. This is a fascinating tribute to a forgotten band of sailors.
Young sea Dogs by Cdr. Randalph Pears maintains that naval midshipman always cut an intriguing figure—certainly not a rating, yet hardly an officer: more than a youth, yet not quite a man. Recently he has been abolished, but has survived to go to sea again; though it seems unlikely that any guided missile ship of the future will possess a Gunroom, that traditional stronghold of the "Young Gentlemen". Trysten Edward served on the 'Lower Deck' of the Royal Navy during the Great War and immediately after from 1915. He had been a public school boy and had joined from university. In his book " Three Rows of Tape " he describes life as lived by the men who served in the fleet as he did on the Lower deck. This is not a book about the war itself but what is was like aboard the warships at that time! The Price of Admiralty: An indictment of the Royal Navy, 10805 - 1966 - Stanley Bonnett; an account of the cost of the Royal Navy during the past 150 years in terms of men, their achievements, their health and their dignity. The starting point is the period immediately following the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and the book ends with the absorption of the Board of Admiralty into the Ministry of Defence in 1966. Click here to go to Suzanne J. Stark's " FEMALE TARS- women aboard ship in the age of sail " page at !
Social Change in the Royal Navy is essentially the oral history of an entertaining and witty narrator, and weaves the Admiral's personal testimony with his letters and miscellaneous writings. It covers such topics as discipline, training, conditions on board ship, victualling, entertainment and welfare. It also provides a keen insight into significant aspects of naval history: the Admiral was Deputy Secretary to the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Korean War, for example, and has some interesting comments on his experiences with Churchill.