The Royal Navy has protected Britain's shores and coastline for hundreds of years and was once the most powerful naval fighting force in the world. Discover more about the establishment of the Royal Navy and how it has evolved. Plus, read about some heroic naval leaders and their infamous endeavours.
Horatio Hornblower is the fictional naval hero created by C. S. Forester in 1937 who appears in a number of novels set during the Napoleonic Wars.
The British Navy loaned HMS Victorious to the US Navy in the Second World War. She was given a refit and sent to action in the Pacific.
The Royal Navy introduced coloured cloth on to their uniforms in 1863, so that it was possible to distinguish between naval departments.
Henry VIII (1491–1547) is one of the most written about kings in English history. He established the Church of England and the Royal Navy.
The rating system of the British Royal Navy was used to categorise warships between the 17th and 19th centuries. There were six rates of warship.
Greenwich was once home to thousands of swash-buckling former sailors, some missing a limb or an eye but still wild men of the sea at heart.
In the 17th and 18th centuries there were six Royal Navy Dockyards in England, at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Plymouth.
Henry VIII (1491–1547) is credited for establishing the Royal Navy – establishing Royal Dockyards and building new, innovative warships.
The Sea Fencibles were a British naval militia, mostly volunteers, that was formed in 1793 to act as an anti-invasion force in coastal waters.
The gold lace on naval officers’ uniforms has traditionally be used to indicate rank. But what are its origins?