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In Memoriam

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith, creator of Naval-History.Net, died peacefully on 16 December 2016 aged 75.

Gordon started the site in 1998, initially with books he had written on the Royal and Dominion Navies of World War 2.
Over the following 18 years, Gordon massively expanded the site to include a wide range of naval history research.
This allowed often hard-to-find and difficult-to-interpret contemporary accounts to be made readily available.
The website was central to Gordon's life.
Through it he was able to pursue his most important goal: to memorialize the brave sailors who served.

Gordon will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Donations to Gordon's favourite charity can be made here using a credit or debit card.
The site also supplies a phone number and address for donations.

Current Project Areas

ROYAL & DOMINION NAVY CASUALTIES, by Don Kindell, US Researcher, compiled from original Admiralty Documents, introduced by Capt Christopher Page RN, previously Head of Naval Historical Branch (MOD)

UNITED STATES NAVY, COAST GUARD & MARINE CORPS CASUALTIES from contemporary documents and online US sources

Latest World War 2:  Bureau of Naval Personnel Entries by Name (c31,000) + Interim Note on US Navy Casualty Number Totals + Bureau of Naval Personnel Combat Losses by Service/Units: Construction Battalions, Naval Beach Battalions, Underwater Demolition Units/Teams

Continuation of World War 1 Centenary and Approach of US Entry into the War

WW1 Centenary LogoUNITED STATES NAVY - Rise to Global Parity, Organisation & Fleet Lists, 1900-1922 - Fleets and Stations, early 1917 - World War 1 & Major Ship Lists in outline

Those Who Served - United States Navy, Coast Guard & Marine Corps Casualties - Medal of Honor, 1915-1918 - Officer Ranks and Enlisted Rates - Flag Officers, 1914-1918

Organisation and Technology - Bureau of Yards & Docks, 1917-1918Development of Warship Armour

Contemporary Accounts - Victory at Sea by R. Adm William Sims - On the Coast of France: US Naval Forces in French Waters - US Marine Corps in the World War - Chronology of US Marine Corps in the World War

REGIA MARINA ITALIANA - Flag Officers and Warships, 1915-1918

SHIP LOG BOOK TRANSCRIPTIONS, a Zooniverse "Old Weather" Project

HMS Swiftsure

HMS Swiftsure, battleship (Photo Ships)

ROYAL NAVY LOG BOOKS OF THE WORLD WAR 1-ERA, 350,000 pages transcribed, all 318 ships online, including Battle of the Falklands, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, East Africa, China Station.

Follow this link for brief details of all 318 ships.

And this link to the archives (go to Vessels, type in name, click on ship, "View all Logs")

USC&GSS Explorer

USC&GSS Explorer (NOAA)

UNITED STATES LOG BOOKS OF THE 19th & 20th CENTURIES, Ships of the United States Navy, US Revenue/Coast Guard Service and US Coast & Geodetic Survey, many in the Arctic and Pacific.

Go to to help with transcribing.

An "Old Weather" Citizen Science Project involving thousands of people working together on the internet to transcribe weather and naval data. A collaboration that includes Zooniverse, University of Oxford, British Meteorological Office, US National Archives, US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and Naval-History.Net. There is now a sister project Old Weather: Whaling, working with the New Bedford Whaling Museum.