Nelson's Navy 1793-1815
Britain's 'Wooden Wall' kept the country free from invasion from the French for 20 years from 1793. Each ship was manned by hundreds of seamen; the Royal Navy was the biggest employer of the period. We think of the big set-piece battles, such as the Nile, St. Vincent and, above all, Trafalgar, but for the most part ships were engaged in blockading the French coast or in actions against individual enemy vessels. If you had an ancestor in Nelson's Navy, then this booklet will point you in the right direction.