The following blog, written by Dr Steven Gray, lecturer in the history of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth, explores the life of ‘Yel’, a terrier owned by a Commander in the Royal Navy, as well as evaluating the role animals played generally on board the nation’s fleet. Steven’s research explores a variety of aspects of the navy. Along with looking at the role of pets on board ship, Steven assesses how sailors lived, as well as the importance of coal in fuelling the fleet. To read the original post, written for the Pet Histories: Pets and Family Life in England, 1837-1939 project, click here.
Steven is author of Steam Power and Sea Power: Coal, the Royal Navy, and the British Empire, c. 1870-1914 (http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137576415).