Pool, Bernard.


1st.ed., 1966. Xii + 158 pp. D.j., 22 x 15cm. Nr.FINE. The first detailed study of the contract work of the Navy Board, an organization reconstituted by Charles II in 1660 and responsible for the civil administration of the Royal Navy until 1832. Much of the work was contracted out, especially for purchases of supplies and stores, and to some extent the building and repair of ships. Samuel Pepys was perhaps the greatest naval administrator, followed by Lord Barham, First Lord of the Admiralty at the time of Trafalgar. This book examines how supplies were obtained and how the Navy Board handled problems of financial stringency, shortage of labour and materials in time of war. The Board could be narrow-minded in its attitude towards purchase of supplies from the Colonies, and they often failed to keep standing contracts under regular review. Overall, however, the old Navy Board met the Fleet's needs and served the nation well. The author divides his book into four periods : 1660-1688 (Restoration period), 1688-1714 (William III and Anne), 1714-1783 (George I, II & III up to the Peace of Versailles), and finally 1783-1832 (George III, George IV, & William IV). A NEAR-FINE copy.

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