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The Dreadnought Project relies to a great extent on primary sources, scattered across repositories across the world. We also rely on material printed in specialist secondary sources.


Churchill Archives Centre

Churchill Archives Centre, located at Churchill College, Cambridge, has a large collection of personal papers relating to persons featured on this website. A full list can be viewed here. The college also holds the papers of Sir Winston S. Churchill, a detailed catalogue for which is available here.

Contact Details

Churchill Archives Centre,
Churchill College,
Cambridge CB3 0DS,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44 1223 336087
Fax: +44 1223 336135
Email: Website:

The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Located at King's College, London, the Liddell Hart Centre is home to the personal papers of a number of British naval officers of the Dreadnought Era, along with those of other members of the Armed Forces. The full list can be found here. It is recommended that one makes an appointment before visiting.

Contact Details

Michael Howard Archives Reading Room,
Room 302, Strand Building,
London, WC2R 2LS,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: 020 7848 2015.
Fax: 020 7848 2760.

Liddle Collection

The Liddle Collection, an archive of various first-hand accounts of both World Wars, is located in the Special Collections of the University Library at the University of Leeds. It contains many accounts by officers and men of the Royal Navy during the First World War. The collection is searchable here. Special Collections is located in the Brotherton Library, and one has to sign in for a day ticket.

Contact Details

Special Collections,
Leeds University Library,
Woodhouse Lane,
West Yorkshire,
LS2 9JT,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: 0113 34 35518 or 0113 34 36383.

National Maritime Museum (UK)

The National Maritime Museum is probably the United Kingdom's pre-eminent museum of the sea. It is located in the former buildings of the Royal Hospital School at Greenwich in London, and lies across the road from the former Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The museum's Caird Library is home to a large collection of books and personal papers. There is also an out-station at the Brass Foundry, Woolwich, which stores ships' plans and ships' covers.

The Caird Library's website can be found here. The library catalogue (for books) can be searched here, and the archive catalogue (for papers) can be searched here. A largely complete list of holdings is also available here).

Contact Details.

The Caird Library,
National Maritime Museum,
London SE10 9NF,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8312 6516.
Email: and

The National Archives (UK)

Formerly known as the Public Record Office (P.R.O.), The National Archives (T.N.A.) at Kew in west London is the main repository of official British naval documents, located in the ADM series. The online catalogue is accessible here. The library catalogue is available here. A "Reader's Ticket" is required to order and view original material, and is obtainable on-site at Kew: Details here. The National Archives is a five-ten minute walk from Kew Gardens railway station and is served by London Underground (District Line) and London Overground services. Service records for a great many officers and seamen of the Royal Navy have been digitised and are available for a fee to download remotely or for free at Kew.

Contact Details.

The National Archives,
TW9 4DU,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8392 9198.

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (N.M.R.N.) encompasses several museums across the United Kingdom, including the warships Victory, Warrior and Caroline. It has a library which holds a number of personal papers, many of which are listed here. After a hiatus of many years the institution has an online catalogue of its own once more. However, at the time of writing (1 February, 2019) it is not working, nor is the library taking any requests for research appointments.

Primary Documents

We maintain a comprehensive list of documents found within the various libraries and archives detailing those we have in-hand in some form, and which we have not. This serves as a good bibliographic accounting as well as a wish-list to help us plan visits to those repositories. Tony Lovell had an old section to this site that catalogued some he has found useful.

Print Publications

The Mariner's Mirror

A quarterly publication published by the Society of Nautical Research since 1911, The Mariner's Mirror features articles, notes and book reviews covering all aspects of maritime history.

Navy & Army Illustrated

An illustrated periodical published fortnightly between 1895 and 1903, in 1906, and between 1914 and 1915. Some historical articles in the Dreadnought Project are illustrated with images from Navy and Army Illustrated.


An annual hardcover (formerly a quarterly) worth buying just about any year at all. While it covers all of naval history, it seems to have a focus on the extended period 1850-1950, which offers our own period substantial coverage.

Warship International

A quarterly publication of great merit. It focuses on ships more so than on battle accounts and certainly not on biographical matter.


Please Note: The Editors and the Owner of The Dreadnought Project are not responsible for the content of the following sites. They are included here as a further source of information.

An amazing website by the late Gordon Smith. Of particular value are crowd-sourced transcription of original Royal Navy and U.S. Navy ship logs.

Discovering ANZACs

A government website which includes Service Records of men serving in the Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy. The search field will pull up men by name.

GWPDA: The War at Sea

A rich, but moribund website hosting various documents and articles related to the war at sea in the First World War.

Haze Gray: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

Early version of this comprehensive official history of individual United States Navy warships.

The King-Hall Family and its Connections

Website devoted to the King-Hall family and its connection to the Royal Navy. Of chief interest are the meticulously transcribed diaries of Admiral Sir George F. King-Hall (the originals of which are held at the N.M.R.N.).

Navy Things

Website written by a former Fleet Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy. Covers various aspects of the Royal Navy over the last three centuries.


A website devoted to "Naval Weapons, Naval Technology and Naval Reunions". Features much detail on hundreds of naval weapons. The data should really be footnoted, but I doubt that the editor can afford to do that with a decade's worth of work.

Historical Naval Ships Association (

An odd site well executed. Of particular value is their online collection of primiary documents

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The O.D.N.B. has a large number of potted biographies of British naval officers and politicians in its database. Many of these are hopelessly biased and based on incomplete research. The archive of original Dictionary of National Biography articles, which are far more neutral, is of much greater historical value.

Paul Benyon's Naval History Website

This may not be the original site I had linked, which has gone missing.

Persona Naval Press

The webmaster, Dr. Mary Jones, wrote her doctoral thesis on officer education in the Royal Navy, and has published the edited diaries and letters of Admiral John L. Marx. Of particular interest is her nominations database.

Royal Navy Rank Insignia of the Great War

A well-designed representation of Royal Naval rank insignia at the turn of the 20th Century. Currently offline.

Glenn's Computer Museum

As astonishing personal collection of early computers, featuring many WW2 era bombsights and fire control components. A kindred site for our own Fire Control pages.

Rasor Bibliography

A bibliography of British naval and maritime history compiled by Dr. Eugene L. Rasor provided by the University of Exeter's Centre for Maritime and Historical Studies.

Internet Forums

Many of these appear to be shut down now in trepidation of the new EU data protection laws. Thanks, EU! (sarcasm)

Dreadnought Project BBS

Our own site's BBS. Very low volume, but worthy. Please register and check in.

Warships1 and NavWeaps Discussion Board

Broad discussion of battleships, their history, and their armament. Users often descend into heated debate. A companion to the NavWeaps website.

Ships and navies - Great War Forum

There are a number of knowledgeable users. A strength of this forum is biographical research and coverage of events and ships.

World Naval Ships Forums

The Royal Navy section is the most active. Ship identification and minor nuances are a true strength.

Ship Plans

Dreadnought Project

We have about of German warships 1870-1945 digitised at 100 DPI.

The UK's National Maritime Museum

Most of the dockyard drawings for Britain's ships are held at the NMM. Copies may be obtained through their website or by inquiry via email.

Service Historique de la Defense

Many French warship plans were digitised and placed online at their website, but they were hacked and lost.

I happened to download a good many of them, and have mirrored them here.


The German archives in Freiburg (often known by their acronym, "BAMA") have most of the German plan holdings. Their website is available in German only, however.

I am informed they may have moved to Potsdam, becoming part of the Zentrum fuer Militaergeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr.

National Archives and Records Administration

The American plans are held at the NARA archive in College Park, Maryland.

Christian Schmidt

This German firm has a small catalog of commercially-available drawings that I found to be very high quality and well suited to modelers' needs.

Display Items

I am a snob for great display items. Two merchants stand out.

Fine Art Models

The display models shown on their website are expensive, but their quality explains this nicely.

Maritime Prints

Located in the UK, and thus focussing on Royal Navy. Their website shows the quality of the originals and prints they have to offer.

Pages in category "Source"

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