Introduction: expertise and authority in the Royal Navy, 1800–1945

  title={Introduction: expertise and authority in the Royal Navy, 1800–1945},
  author={Don Leggett and J. Davey},
  journal={Journal for Maritime Research},
  pages={1 - 13}
The history of British sea power has too often been written as the history of officers and sailors. Yet maintaining and extending command of the sea involved many more groups of people inside the Royal Navy. Keeping control of a vast national maritime enterprise, protecting a sprawling empire and meeting technological challenges from rival powers required the careful management of people, organisations and information. This was no easy task, as the image from Punch shown in Figure 1 illustrates… Expand