Warships’ Names of the English Republic, 1649-1659
The article describes the decade after the execution of Charles 1, and the improvements made to the administration and ability of the Navy. The political significance of the Navy is illustrated through the choice of names given to new ships, and the names chosen to replace some of the existing names that had links to Royalty. New names used were mostly free of political overtones, although there are good examples given where this was not the case. The impact of some of these new names is demonstrated by the way in which they are changed again at the restoration.