Nelson & His World

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 Post subject: Regulations and Instructions . . . . . Service at Sea
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:30 pm 
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Hi all.

Just showing my face after a somewhat lengthy sabbatical. And I'm back with a question.

There are now various editions of the Regulations and Instructions Relating To His Majesty's Service at Sea available on Google Books. To read online or download. :D

I find some of the content really fascinating.

My question concerns not the content - but the administration of these R & I. i.e. who would have had a working copy? Would it just have been the senior officers or would it have been all levels of officer including the warrant officers.

Either way you would imagine that quite a lot would have survived in the public domain. But on Bookfinder there are only about 3 original copies for sale covering 200+ years.

So has anyone got a clue as to who they were given to and what then became of them. It could be that when a new edition was published all previous copies had to be destroyed. But knowing human frailty I'm sure a few would have slipped through the net.

Any facts, opinions or plain guesswork would be much appreciated

Thanks in advance . . . . . . .

MB


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 Post subject: Re: Regulations and Instructions . . . . . Service at Sea
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:26 pm 
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Hi Mark,

Don't really know about this one, but I would have thought every ship's captain would have had at least one copy, and perhaps first lieutenants. Perhaps Tony can shed some light on this. Thanks for the heads-up about it on Google books, I'll look it up.

Btw, good to hear from you again – I was beginning to think you'd left us! :wink:

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