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The Sail and Steam Navy List
Rif Winfield and David Lyon (2004) The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815 - 1889, London: Chatham
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Author Rif Winfield and David Lyon
Language English
Subject Vessels of the Nineteenth Century Royal Navy
Publisher Chatham Publishing
Publication date 2004
Pages 352
ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6
OCLC Number 52620555
Dewey Decimal 623.825094109034 21
Library of Congress Classification VA456 .L95 2004
For a list of ships of the Royal Navy, see List of Royal Navy ships.

The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889 by Rif Winfield and David Lyon is a historical reference work providing details of all recorded ships in commission or intended to serve in the Royal Navy from 1815 to 1889. Where available in Admiralty records (from which all the data is sourced), it gives the location of construction, dates of construction (ordering, keel laying, launch and commissioning), principal dimensions and tonnage, armament, machinery (for steam vessels) and fate of every ship of the Royal Navy over the period.

David Lyon's The Sailing Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy, Built, Purchased and Captured, 1688-1860 had been published in 1993, a ground-breaking study of the sailing vessels of the Royal Navy from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 until the close of the Age of Sail. He had planned a follow-up on the ships of the Royal Navy in the era of transition from sail to steam power, and began work in preparation for that volume. Sadly, this was cut short by his death in a diving accident during 2000 in the Bahamas (he was an enthusiastic underwater archaeologist). Shortly after his death, his colleague Rif Winfield, author of the best-selling Fifty Gun Ship, and subsequently the author of a series of volumes under the heading British Warships in the Age of Sail, took over David's accumulated notes, added them to his own extensive research on Royal Naval warships, and carried on this work to produce what the Journal for Maritime Research described as

the most comprehensive and accurate work on all the ships built and projected for the Royal Navy between 1815 and 1889; indeed up until now there was no single, comprehensive listing of the ships of this period and their essential characteristics

—Journal for Maritime Research[1]

The book is a valuable reference work and the only complete single-volume published record for ships of the late Georgian era (1714-1837) and of the early (1837-1860) and middle (1860-1889) Victorian Royal Navy. Rif Winfield's subsequent three-volume British Warships in the Age of Sail series has expanded this material to incorporate all vessels of the British (before 1704, English) Navy between 1603 and 1817, and incorporated the results of extra research since the publication of their Sail and Steam Navy List.


  • Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2004). The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889. London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6. OCLC 52620555. 

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