Book Review-‘Science, Utility and British Naval Technology 1793-1815: Samuel Bentham and the royal dockyards’ by R. Morriss,

By Andrew Lambert, published August 2021


This essential book follows Roger Morriss’s Science, Utility and Maritime Power: Samuel Bentham in Russia, 1779–1791 of 2015, also reviewed in this journal, and his pioneering study The Royal Dockyards during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1983. It should be read in the context of major work on the physical development of the dockyards and their activities by Jonathan Coad and David Evans. Bentham’s years in Russia were an important preparation for his career in the royal dockyards, they also created critical links with senior officers, notably Lords Howe and Hood, while his stepbrother Charles Abbott was Speaker of the House of Commons for most of this period. Successive First Lords of the Admiralty, Spencer, St Vincent and Melville, provided Bentham with significant political support…

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards

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