Royal Navy Gunners in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

By Gareth Cole, published August 2009


Gunners were warrant officers, appointed by the Navy Board, but permanently attached to their ship. The article examines how a man became a gunner; what was the role of the gunner on board ship once he was warranted; how these responsibilities fitted in with the ordnance and naval aspects of warfare at sea; how the gunner prepared a ship for battle; and finally what accounts and papers the gunner needed to complete.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Weapons

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