By the War of 1812, the British Royal Navy had evolved into a huge, complex organization. This handwritten letter book is a compilation of orders issued by the British Royal Navy in 1814. The orders provide a window into the bureaucratic management of the Royal Navy at the time, and the myriad issues being addressed by the admiralty. The entries include copies of orders for the Home Squadron between December 1813 and October 1815, many signed by Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Williams or Rear Admiral Sir Charles Rowley. The latter half of the book includes port orders for Sheerness Dockyard and Chatham Dockyard in England. The orders address issues ranging from personnel reporting procedures and fraud by ship commanders to the distribution of captured French private signal codes. The book’s writer is unidentified.
Paper, Ink, Leatherbound
[H]7 3/4 in. [W]6 1/2 in. [D]1 in.
USS Constitution Museum Collection. Ira Dye Gift.