Navy Contracts in the Last Years of the Navy Board (1780-1832)

By Bernard Pool, published August 1964


It is a fact that, despite her successes during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy was the subject of much vilification with regard to the corruption in the dockyards and the methods by which contracts were let with naval suppliers. This article sets out the various attempts by the British government and the Admiralty to stamp out the shortcomings, and details the results of a number of investigations, the actions undertaken in their wake and gives a measure of their success.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

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