University of Portsmouth's History Blog

Coal, the Royal Navy, and the British Empire

In this post, Dr Steven Gray discusses the importance of fuelling the Royal Navy’s fleet in the nineteenth century, a pivotal period in British imperial history. Steven is Lecturer in the History of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth, where he teaches on the MA in Naval History. His book Steam Power and Sea Power: Coal, the Royal Navy, and the British Empire, c. 1870-1914 has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

To read the post, originally published on the Defence-in-Depth blog, run by the Defence Studies Department, KCL, click here

Image: Coaling party of HMS Indefatigable, on the North America and West Indies Squadron at Halifax, Nova Scotia, c. 1896-1904, via wikimedia commons.

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