The Maintenance of Royal Navy Vessels in the Pacific Ocean, 1825-1875

By John Bach, published August 1970


The proconsular role distance and slow communications forced on Royal Navy officers in the Pacific was complicated by a high tempo of naval presence operations required to support commerce and the considerable challenges of securing supplies sufficient to support a three year commission. Bach outlines the role played by naval stations at Valparaiso and in Australia and development of facilities in the Eastern and Western Pacific across the period, especially as the need for coal supply grew later in the century.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics

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