from a few selected senior officers, little is known of those who
served us in previous generations. The key objective is to
populate the database with a much wider and more representative
cross-section of naval people - regardless of patronage, status or success.
the Royal Navy has contracted in size, it is almost inevitable that
some more recent biographical detail has been lost. My
objective is to record as much of the recoverable information as
possible before it is itself irretrievably lost, and I continue to
push for this data to be gathered on a navy-wide basis.
is no point in recording the information if it is not made available
to historians and genealogists alike. A number of avenues are
being explored to allow for easier and more satisfactory access but
all of these options require a significant injection of funding.
The attraction of such support remains an important objective.
is a necessity to make routine data collection and entry financially self-supporting.
correspondence from ships, held in the National Archives, can only
be accessed via the name of the Commanding Officer for whom no
comprehensive listing has been available prior to the Navy Lists,
which are not themselves notoriously accurate. Work is
progressing well towards achieving this key objective.
careful selection of sources, I am building a record of key events
in individual lives, accepting that completeness will depend on the
sources entered to date. It is not my intention to write
complete biographies. I am simply collecting information (and
sources), as a composite work of reference - a starting point from
which much research, including such biographies, can 'take departure'.
re-use and/or concurrent use of ship names has necessitated the
requirement to establish just which ship the individual served
in. Therefore, a natural spin-off' of this biographical
work has been a comprehensive listing of ships, and work continues in