Educational provision for officers of the Royal Navy 1857-1877
This thesis examines the nature and extent of initial and higher education for officers of the Royal Navy from 1857 to 1877 - a period that constituted the most vigorous years of educational reform in the history of the Service. That this activity should arise in a period of general stasis In naval affairs, is the central paradox this work seeks to explore. To this end the system of examination and entry into the Service is explained and the origins and development of the training ship HMS Britannia are identified. Existing assessments of her curriculum and routine are challenged and the various attempts to found an alternative shore based college are outlined. The extent and efficiency of education conducted post- Britannia in operational warships is also discussed and the efficiency of the sea-going Naval Instructor system lS questioned. In higher education the work of the Royal Naval College Portsmouth and its successor at Greenwich is considered and in particular the process by which this more expenslve, overwhelmingly less popular institution was chosen as the Navy's new higher education establishment, is analysed and explained.