Official RN websites
Royal Navy A very large website on todays RN which includes sections on the different branches of the Surface Fleet, the Fleet Air Arm, the Submarine Service and the Royal Marines. Following a total re-build of the site and a change of the domain name (which broke all our links) it sadly seems to have dropped the historical section which included WW2 but still has a Heritage section.
The Royal Naval Museum tells the story of the fleet, the Navy's surface ships and the men and women who served in them over 400 years. It provides research and information services for serving members of the Royal Navy, the general public and schools.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum was founded in 1964. Its purpose is to maintain for public display and education aircraft, related documents and general exhibits of historical interest, predominantly related to the Royal Naval Air Service and Fleet Air Arm.
The Royal Marines Museum Its main aims are the preservation and presentation of all aspects of Royal Marines history through the acquisition, conservation and research of documents, books, weapons etc., and to raise public awareness of the Royal Marines.
The Royal Naval Submarine Museum Its purpose is to promote an understanding of the Royal Navy Submarine branch and the part it has played in the nation's history through the centuries, using its important and valued collections for exhibit, education and research.
RN Minewarfare and Clearance Diving The link leads to the history section of the MCD Officers Association website, with links to pages covering WWII Awards for Diving and Bomb & Mine Disposal; Minelaying; and Minesweeping but there is a wealth of further information if you explore the site
Project Vernon A national campaign to design and install a monument dedicated to the Mine Warfare and Diving heritage of HMS Vernon in Portsmouth, Hampshire. With a full Organising Management Committee fully in place, Registered Charity status achieved, outline planning approval from Portsmouth City Council, positive support from Gunwharf Quays Limited (the installation site owners) your donation could be the one to complete the appeal...!
The National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Greenwich have a collection of over 2 million objects about the sea, ships, astronomy and time. Collections Online gives you access to over 9000 of these and is frequently updated and expanded.
Unofficial Maritime Websites and Sources
Harry Tate's Navy is a site recording the experiences of members of the Royal Naval Patrol Service together with a forum for the exchange of information about RNPS.
John Wilson, RNR A site which started as research into the RNR career of John Wilson, DSC, who served in both WW1 and WW2, has developed into a major resource on the Royal Naval Reserve, in particular the campaign in Norway 1940 and on all trawlers lost 1939-45
Trawlers at War A site which started as the diary of the WW2 experiences of Signalman Brooks, RNVR covering his training first at HMS Collingwood and later anti-submarine training at HMS Western Isles, together with brief descriptions of the vessels in which he served including HMT Southcoates, HMS Tranquil, HMS Stronsay, HMT Fairy Knowe, HMS Ephratah, HMS Windermere and HMS Celia with several transit postings to HMS Europa.
The Medusa Trust The Trust exists to preserve HDML 1387 (post-ww2 renamed HMS Medusa) for future generations. As well as this single vessel, which is part way through a refit, the Trust maintains an extensive archive of documents, photographs and records of all the 480 HDMLs and their crews, many of whom were RNPS personnel.
Naval History Net A vast resource of information about the Royal Navy and the progress of the War at Sea during WW2.
U-boat Net is a project with a number of contributors providing a massive online resource about the German Navy's U-boat fleet, about their patrols, successes and fates, with separate indexes of allied warships lost together with corrections to losses once thought to be by u-boat and now established otherwise, a searchable database of all allied war and merchant ships hit and one of all allied warships.
Norwegian Merchant Fleet An excellent resource, the research for which started as many of us do in investigating family members at war, which has resulted in a vast alphabetical index of the very large number of Norwegian merchant vessels that were employed during WW2, both those in the Allied cause and those that were taken over on occupation in the Axis cause.
Dutch Fleet Forum A dual langauge site in both Dutch and English and source of information about the Royal Netherlands Navy, which helps solve many of the cross-language problems of identifying vessels in use during WW2
ubootwaffe.net when last checked closed due to ill health reasons but an archive may be available at some time in the future. A link is provided to German Crewlists of WW2 which used to appear on that site.
Paddle Steamers Picture Gallery Now archived and in process of rebuild but a very useful resource even if it was limited to just paddle steamers but it also includes screw steamers, with images of each, technical details of construction and performance and a potted history of the life and use of each vessel.
The British Merchant Navy A considerable resource of details about ships and personnel, mainly post WW2 but with an historical section, images of vessels, links to other merchant navy sites as well as a forum.
Sites about individual Vessels
Other sites both Official and Unofficial
The National Archives is a vast and ever growing resource of searchable data about ourselves, the official archive for England, Wales and the central UK government, bringing together the Public Record Office, Historical Manuscripts Commission, the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
Veterans UK Responsible to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency aims at improving personnel, pensions, welfare and support services to members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission As well as maintaining the graves of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars, the CWGC provide the 'Debt of Honour Register' containing details of the 1,700,000 forces men and women and the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died from enemy action in WW2.
The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance commemorating those who have given their lives in the service of their country, those who have suffered as a result of conflict and those who for specific or appropriate reasons are also commemorated in a unique haven of peace and contemplation in 150 acres of wooded parkland within the National Forest in Staffordshire.
Imperial War Museum The portal to a number of different section which come under the general umbrella of IWM, with information about London, Duxford, IWM North, HMS Belfast, the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, as well as the IWM section of Collections Online which gives access to over 6,000 highlights from the collection
Army Museum Founded in 1960 the purpose of the National Army Museum, next to the Chelsea Hospital in London, is to present the history of the British Army over 5 centuries and to encourage research into its history and traditions. Its collections include mainly uniforms, weapons, vehicles and equipment, medals, paintings, drawings and archives.
Royal Air Force Museum Founded in 1963 to preserve, conserve and exhibit the history of the RAF and its relationship with aviation, it aims to promote an understanding of the role and achievements of the RAF in that context. The collections are held at the RAF Museum in London and Cosford in Shropshire.
Ministry of Defence The home of the UK Ministry of Defence with links to sections of information on careers, doing business, the service community, for researchers, for veterans and one for young people, as well as links to the three armed services.
Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen (the Fishermen’s Mission) provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families. Hardship and tragedy are facts of everyday life in the UK’s fishing communities. It is to the Fishermen’s Mission that fishermen and their families turn when they need financial, practical and emotional support.
Dixons Medals are dealers in coins, medals, stamps, postcards and militaria. They stock secondhand medals as well as reproductions, and when last checked had copies of the RNPS Silver Badge in both the pin and sewing eye types.