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Tides of History: Ocean Science and Her Majesty's Navy

Michael S. Reidy


In the first half of the nineteenth century, the British sought to master the physical properties of the oceans; in the second half, they lorded over large portions of the oceans' outer rim. The dominance of Her Majesty's navy was due in no small part to collaboration between the British Admiralty, the maritime community, and the scientific elite. Together, they transformed the vast emptiness of the ocean into an ordered and bounded grid. In the process, the modern scientist emerged. Science itself expanded from a limited and local undertaking receiving parsimonious state support to worldwide ... More

Keywords: Britain, navy, British Admiralty, oceans, William Whewell, maritime community, estuaries, coasts, ports, European expansion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226709321
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226709338.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael S. Reidy, author