Author Archive | Steven Gray


Christmas Wishes From the Fleet

As it is approaching Christmas I thought it might be appropriate to put a few of the Christmas themed sources I have accrued to some use. Considering naval men were (as they still are) often away from home at Christmas, it comes as no surprise that they often sent home Christmas cards to family at […]

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The Culture of a Victorian Coaling Station

It is well known that the late-Victorian navy was immensely popular in the public imagination and celebrated as a symbol of Britain’s power and empire. This link between the navy and the Empire very real, and the most obvious manifestation of this link was at overseas naval stations. British seamen would often seek British and […]

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