Royal Navy has always depended on its people but, lacking any
comprehensive listing, little is known of the estimated five million
individuals involved since the Civil War. It will not be
possible to recover details of every man or woman but, for the vast
majority, it should be possible to recreate something of interest.
from small beginnings to safeguard 'at risk' data, the aim is
to establish accurate biographical information on those individuals
who have served, or supported the Royal Navy since 1660. This
is a monumental undertaking. Making use of a powerful
relational database, data entry was started in the 1990s and the
project is making steady progress.
from people, the necessity to identify ships with some certainty has
produced a complete ship listing, with some milestones', from
1660 to mid 19th Century, including a number of vessels previously
unrecorded in the standard references.
project has been privately developed and funded from inception, and
although still at the 'acorn' stage, the current state of the
database reflects the expenditure of many thousands of hours and
pounds. There is free access to the lists of people and
ships but, to ensure future continuity, there is a charge for more
detailed information in an attempt to make the project self-supporting.
thanks are due to the National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth)
(and the library in particular) for their support but it should be
stressed that no formal ties exist with that organisation, this being
an entirely private initiative.
more information on the background to this project see