My name is Simon Harley and I am a thirty-one year old researcher of the Royal Navy in the Dreadnought Era.
I currently live on the North-West coast of England. For the past seven years I've been accumulating material on the Royal Navy Flag Officers of the Great War, which will eventually form the basis of a multi-volume history of the Royal Navy, from Lord Fisher's going to sea up to the Treaty of Versailles. By providing a background to these Flag Officers' services from 1854 to 1914, their actions in the Great War will be put into their proper context.
If you have any questions or material relating to the subjects of this website, please get in touch or email me at simon AT-SIGN dreadnoughtproject.org. I would be especially happy to hear from descendants of naval officers who served in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
My personal website and blog can be found at http://www.simonharley.com.
Speaker at the 2013 New Researchers in Maritime History Conference hosted by the British Commission for Maritime History.
- ‘‘It’s a Case of All or None’: ‘Jacky’ Fisher’s Advice to Winston Churchill, 1911’. The Mariner’s Mirror 102 (2): 174-190. doi:10.1080/00253359.2016.1167397.
- ‘A Distinct Point in Modern Naval Tactics’. The Mariner's Mirror. 102 (3): 325-330. doi:10.1080/00253359.2016.1202488.
- Library — A list of my books. I'm always willing to share information or the books themselves on request.
- Archives — A list of archival (i.e. primary) sources I have and need. If you can help acquire them, or are interested in the contents of some of them, please get in touch.
- Acknowledgements — Research like this requires a lot of time, luck, effort, and help.
Works in Progress
Far too many to list.
NEEDED: Seventeen Years in the Royal Navy, 1865-1881. G. Keith Gordon, R.N. Published in Texas in 1942, no copies of this book seem to be available outside the United States. A copy of an interesting chapter of this work is in the papers of Sir Arthur M. Field at the National Maritime Museum.
Review copies of new publications are always welcome.