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After a quick consultation with my sister, who is a member of the Naval Records Society, for printed books to get you started, we have one title to recommend – if you don’t mind edging very slightly into the Napoleonic era. This is ‘Landsman Hay, The Memoirs of Robert Hay, 1789 – 1847’ Edited by his great-grandson, M.D.Hay. Unlike other, contemporary, memoirs, this one was written purely for the benefit of his family and was never intended for publishing. Then, if you are really serious in furthering your studies, may we suggest that you equip yourself with a reader’s ticket for The National Archives, at Kew, where you will find some very good books for perusal. The code ADM 36/ will help you locate the ship’s musters up to the early nineteenth century, ADM 51/ for the relevant Captain’s Journals and Logs and ADM 52/ for the Master’s, for starters. Wishing you all the best in your endeavours!
Sara Cutler & Emma Cooper.