J.K. Laughton research notes on British vessels and British naval history
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J.K. Laughton research notes on British vessels and British naval history

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Laughton, John Knox, 1830-1915.
Title: J.K. Laughton research notes on British vessels and British naval history
Dates: circa 1865
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (1 volume)
Identification: MS 0481

Biographical/Historical Note

Professor Sir John Laughton (1830-1915) was born in Liverpool, England, on April 23, 1830. He served in the Baltic War and other naval operations until 1866, when he began teaching at the Royal Naval College at Portsmouth in England. In 1866, he married Isabella Carr (b. ca. 1837 in Dunfermline, Scotland, d. 1884). In 1873, the college moved to Greenwich, and Laughton became the Head of the Department of Meteorology and Marine Surveying. He left the navy in 1885 and became a Professor of Modern History at King's College in London, a position he held until 1914. He married his second wife, Maria Josefa [Josepha] de Los Angeles di Alberti (ca. 1863-1946) in 1886. One of its founders, Laughton was named the Secretary of the Navy Records Society in 1893. He was knighted in 1907. Throughout his later career, Laughton wrote many sources on British naval history. He is considered to have a "leading role in the development of academic naval history in Britain" (Andrew Lambert, "Laughton's legacy: naval history at King's College London, Historical Research 77 (196), 274-288). In addition, he edited works for others on the subject. Laughton died on September 14, 1915 in Wimbledon, England.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a volume kept by John Knox Laughton on British vessels. It contains detailed entries on many vessels, giving names, guns, tonnage, where it was built and when, disposition, 1709-1843; and the dimensions and armament of some vessels, 1765-1827. Also included are detailed histories of the Victory, 1672-1781; the Swiftsure, 1661-1761; the Revenge, 1665-1761; the Dreadnought, 1665-1763; the Shannon, 1796-1803; the Chesapeake, 1797-1820; the Pique, 1795-1814; and several other vessels. Also, "Sailing and Fighting Instructions for His Majesty's Fleet," 1704, extracts from books, documents, and private papers pertaining to British naval history, naval officer, battles, etc. are contained in this collection. There is an index to the vessels at the end of the volume. The volume flyleaf states, "The first eighteen pages of this book are taken from a book kept by Mr. Thos. Forder Hawkes, Master Shipwright of Pembroke Yard, 1832 and sub. And now belonging to Mr. Flexman, Foreman (afloat), of Shipwrights in Devonport Yard. Notes in these other pages from other authorities are in red ink, or are underlined with red. March 25th, 1865."


Index Terms

Great Britain--History, Naval--18th century.
Great Britain--History, Naval--19th century.
Laughton, John Knox, 1830-1915.
Research notes.
Revenge (Sloop)
Victory (Ship)

Location of Originals

Many documents in the volume were copied,from a book kept by Mr. Thos. Forder Hawkes, Master Shipwright of Pembroke Yard, 1832 and sub. and now belonging to Mr. Flexman, Foreman (afloat), of Shipwrights in Devonport Yard.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], J.K. Laughton research notes on British vessels and British naval history, MS 481, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Leonard L. Mackall, 1928.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.