Naval battle between an American ship and an Algerine corsair.

Capture of an Algerine Corsair

Naval battle between an American ship and an Algerine corsair.

The anchor used by the ancients was for the most part made of iron and its form... resembled that of the modern anchor." — Anthon, 1891

Anchor

The anchor used by the ancients was for the most part made of iron and its form... resembled that of…

Greek <em>aplustria</em>, or stern ornament.

Aplustria

Greek aplustria, or stern ornament.

(1711-1794) British naval Rear Admiral

Marriott Arbuthnot

(1711-1794) British naval Rear Admiral

An illustration of the Spanish Armada. In etymological origin, armada is a Spanish word meaning "armed" in the feminine form. It is used in many Spanish-speaking nations as the title of the national naval force.

Armada

An illustration of the Spanish Armada. In etymological origin, armada is a Spanish word meaning "armed"…

US Navy ship: Atlanta.

Atlanta

US Navy ship: Atlanta.

Ships designed to engage similar enemy warships with direct or indirect fire from an arsenal of main guns. They are also capable of bombarding targets on and near an enemy coast to support infantry assaults.

Battleship Massachusetts

Ships designed to engage similar enemy warships with direct or indirect fire from an arsenal of main…

The Battleship Massachusetts at full speed.

Battleship Massachusetts

The Battleship Massachusetts at full speed.

Italian navy's Caio Duilio battleship launched in 1913. The ship was used during World War I and II.

Caio Duilio Battleship Italian Navy

Italian navy's Caio Duilio battleship launched in 1913. The ship was used during World War I and II.

The Bretagne class battleship built by the French navy during 1913. The ship has a top speed 20 knots (23 mph) and operated by coal and oil.

Bretagne Class Battleship French Navy

The Bretagne class battleship built by the French navy during 1913. The ship has a top speed 20 knots…

German Navy Battlecruiser, SMS Hindenburg. The ship was launched in 1915, and used during World War I.

Hindenburg German Navy Battleship

German Navy Battlecruiser, SMS Hindenburg. The ship was launched in 1915, and used during World War…

"Half-section of the battleship 'Rhode Island'"&mdash;Finley, 1917

Half-section of a battleship

"Half-section of the battleship 'Rhode Island'"—Finley, 1917

"Four battle cruisers were launched in 1915, but they had not been completed up to 1921. On a displacement of 32,200 tons, with a length of 750 ft., 12 14 in. and 24 5 in. guns and 6 torpedo tubes were to have been carried, turbine engines of 66,000 H.P. being estimated to give a speed of 27 knots. The side armour had a maximum thickness of 12 inches." &mdash; Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1922

Russian Navy Battleship

"Four battle cruisers were launched in 1915, but they had not been completed up to 1921. On a displacement…

An illustration showing USS Arizona. USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania class battleship, built by U.S. Navy. It was launched in 1915, and served stateside during World War I. The ship sank in Pearl Harbor during World War II.

United States Navy Arizona Battleship

An illustration showing USS Arizona. USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania class battleship, built by U.S.…

USS Massachusetts commissioned by United States Navy in 1942. The ship was used during the World War II in the Pacific Ocean. The ship has a top speed of 27 knots (31 mph) and 35000 tons.

Massachusetts Battleship United States Navy

USS Massachusetts commissioned by United States Navy in 1942. The ship was used during the World War…

The crew of a naval ship in the Revolutionary War praying before they head in to battle.

Before Battle Prayer

The crew of a naval ship in the Revolutionary War praying before they head in to battle.

(1598-1657) British Naval officer

Admiral Blake

(1598-1657) British Naval officer

The Blue Ensign is a flag of Great Britain. It is the distinctive ensign of the royal naval reserve.

Blue Ensign

The Blue Ensign is a flag of Great Britain. It is the distinctive ensign of the royal naval reserve.

"The masts were usually taken down when the vessel arrived in port, and raised again when it was about to depart." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Greek boat

"The masts were usually taken down when the vessel arrived in port, and raised again when it was about…

"Brigantine: a square-rigged vessel with two masts and fore and aft mainsail." &mdash; Williams, 1889

Brig

"Brigantine: a square-rigged vessel with two masts and fore and aft mainsail." — Williams, 1889

Brooklyn, a US navy ship.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, a US navy ship.

An illustration of one of the cannons salvaged from the wreck of the USS Oneida.

Cannon

An illustration of one of the cannons salvaged from the wreck of the USS Oneida.

Columbia, a US navy cruiser.

Columbia

Columbia, a US navy cruiser.

The Constitution engaging two British ships, the Cyane and Levant.

The Consititution Capturing the Cyane and Levant

The Constitution engaging two British ships, the Cyane and Levant.

"The celebrated novelist, James Fenimore Cooper, was born at Burlington, New Jersey, September 15, 1789. Having received his early education from a private tutor, he, at the age of thirteen, passed to Yale College, and after three years study there, entered the American navy as a midshipmen." &mdash;The Popular Cyclopedia, 1888

James Fenimore Cooper

"The celebrated novelist, James Fenimore Cooper, was born at Burlington, New Jersey, September 15, 1789.…

(1809-1870) Admiral in the United States Navy

Admiral John Dahlgren

(1809-1870) Admiral in the United States Navy

The monument of Richard Dale (1756-1826), a naval officer born in Norfolk County, VA.

Richard Dale's Monument

The monument of Richard Dale (1756-1826), a naval officer born in Norfolk County, VA.

(1756 - 1826) Naval officer; born in Norfolk County, Va.

Richard Dale

(1756 - 1826) Naval officer; born in Norfolk County, Va.

(1844-1881) A United States Navy officer and explorer.

George Washington De Long

(1844-1881) A United States Navy officer and explorer.

Destruction of the Confederate cruiser Alabama at Cherbourg, France.

Destruction of the Alabama

Destruction of the Confederate cruiser Alabama at Cherbourg, France.

An admiral of the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War.

Admiral Dewey

An admiral of the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War.

(1846-1912) Commanding officer of the Navy's first division

Rear-Admiral Evans

(1846-1912) Commanding officer of the Navy's first division

Admiral Farragut entering Mobile Bay atop the rigging of his ship during the Civil War.

Admiral David Farragut

Admiral Farragut entering Mobile Bay atop the rigging of his ship during the Civil War.

"Admiral Farragut, born at Campbell's Station, near Knoxville, Tenn., July 5th, 1801, died in Portsmouth, N. H., August 14th, 1870. He was appointed to the navy from his native State, and as a midshipman saw active service as early as 1810. In the <em>Essex</em>, under commodore Porter, he took part, in 1812-'13, in her famous cruise against the English commerce in the Pacific. After the capture of the <em>Essex</em> he served on board the line-of-battle ship <em>Independence</em>, and afterward as lieutenant on the <em>Brandywine</em>. In 1847 he was given command of the <em>Saratoga</em>, and in her took part in the naval operations of the Mexican War. When the Civil War broke out Farragut was given command of the Gulf Squadron. The Missippi River below New Orleans was defended with forts, chains stretched across the stream, fire ships, torpedoes, and every kind of appliance. Before commencing actively the attack a council of war was held in the cabin of the admiral's ship, at which all the commanders of the various vessels in the fleet were present. With the exception of two the opinions were unanimously in favor of making the attack; and then was inaugurated the series of naval triumphs which surpassed anything of the kind ever before attempted. The capture of New Orleans was thus secured on April 28th, 1862. The next year Admiral Farragut commanded the attack on Mobile, and in this engagement went into action lashed to the rigging of his ship. He served in the navy more than fifty years, and of this time spent only eleven unemployed on the sea."&mdash; Frank Leslie, 1896

Admiral David G. Farragut

"Admiral Farragut, born at Campbell's Station, near Knoxville, Tenn., July 5th, 1801, died in Portsmouth,…

David Glasgow Farragut (July 5, 1801 &ndash; August 14, 1870) was a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral of the Navy. He is remembered in popular culture for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, usually paraphrased: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!".

David Glasgow Farragut

David Glasgow Farragut (July 5, 1801 – August 14, 1870) was a flag officer of the United States…

Depiction of the battle on the Mississippi between Confederate and Union forces at Forts Jackson and St. Philip.

Passage of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip

Depiction of the battle on the Mississippi between Confederate and Union forces at Forts Jackson and…

"Elated by the victory, the Romans now determined to drive Carthage out of the island altogether. This, however, could not be accomplished without a fleet. Such ships as Rome possessed were old and out of date, and a wrecked Carthaginian galley was taken as a model for the new fleet." &mdash; The Delphian Society, 1913

Roman galley

"Elated by the victory, the Romans now determined to drive Carthage out of the island altogether. This,…

The Gates Medal shown above the defense of Charleston.

Gates Medal

The Gates Medal shown above the defense of Charleston.

(1832-1894) American Naval Admiral

Rear-Admiral Gherardi

(1832-1894) American Naval Admiral

Gunboat fight during the Civil War.

Gunboat Fight

Gunboat fight during the Civil War.

Philip Hichborn was a naval constructor burn on Charlestown, Mass. on March 4, 1839. He died May 1, 1910.

Philip Hichborn

Philip Hichborn was a naval constructor burn on Charlestown, Mass. on March 4, 1839. He died May 1,…

(1747-1792) America's first famous naval hero in the American Revolutionay War.

John Paul Jones

(1747-1792) America's first famous naval hero in the American Revolutionay War.

John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 &ndash; July 18, 1792) was America's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War.

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was America's first well-known naval fighter in…

The sinking of the Alabama by the Union Kearsarge. Some Confederates aboard the Alabama escaped to England aboard the nearby British yacht Deerhound.

Kearsarge Sinking the Alabama

The sinking of the Alabama by the Union Kearsarge. Some Confederates aboard the Alabama escaped to England…

(1781-1813) American naval officer who fought in the War of 1812, commanded the Peacock and the Chesapeake. "Don't give up the ship!"

James Lawrence

(1781-1813) American naval officer who fought in the War of 1812, commanded the Peacock and the Chesapeake.…

A large cannon placed on naval ships during the American Revolution.

Long Tom

A large cannon placed on naval ships during the American Revolution.

(1840-1914) Naval officer, serving in the Civil War.

Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan

(1840-1914) Naval officer, serving in the Civil War.

The United States seal of Massachusetts in 1788.

Massachusetts

The United States seal of Massachusetts in 1788.

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to John Paul Jones, America's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War.

Gold Medal Awarded to John Paul Jones (Back)

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to John Paul Jones, America's first well-known naval fighter in…

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to John Paul Jones, America's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War.

Medal Awarded to John Paul Jones (Front)

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to John Paul Jones, America's first well-known naval fighter in…

The Mississippi at Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Mississippi at Port Hudson

The Mississippi at Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Navy soldiers on the deck of the Monitor, a warship famous for the battle with the Merrimac.

Monitor

Navy soldiers on the deck of the Monitor, a warship famous for the battle with the Merrimac.

Famous Stalemate between the Monitor and Merrimac.

Moniter and Merrimac

Famous Stalemate between the Monitor and Merrimac.

Battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac.

Monitor and Merrimac

Battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac.

Three ships engaged in a naval battle.

Naval Battle

Three ships engaged in a naval battle.

A ship of the American Navy in the late 18th century.

Naval Ship

A ship of the American Navy in the late 18th century.

Naval signalling code.

Naval signalling

Naval signalling code.

The United States seal of the Navy Deparment.

Navy Department

The United States seal of the Navy Deparment.

Newark, a US Navy ship.

Newark

Newark, a US Navy ship.

Samuel Pepys, FRS (23 February 1633 &ndash; 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary. Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King James II. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.

Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys, FRS (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an English naval administrator and Member…