Welcome to Three Decks

Hello and welcome to the world of sailing navies

Over the last few years Three Decks has grown to become the premier web resource for researching naval history during the Age of Sail. Three Decks features detailed information on vessels, crew, shipyards, dockyards, naval actions, geographical locations and much, much more including background details on the ranks, appointments and the nations involved. Even the National Maritime Museum links to us (VERY proud of that one).

If you have any comments, corrections, suggestions, questions or additional information just email me on , or add a comment to a page.

There are currently 26,091 ships, 37,029 seamen, 1,029 actions/battles and countless other items listed on this site.


To find what you want please use the menu above, or the link buttons below.

Available now from Three Decks

Our first book : Royal Navy Officers of the Seven Years War is now available.

Royal Navy Officers of the Seven Years War provides detailed reference information on over 2,000 commissioned officers of the Royal Navy: all of those whose career as a commissioned officer included the Seven Years War (1756-1763). In addition, those officers commissioned during and after 1748 and who died before 1756 are included.

Sourced primarily from some 15,000 original source documents held in the National Archives, the individual entries include the officers pre-commission postings and commissions to ships as well as other naval and civil appointments. Genealogical information such as dates of birth, death, and marriage, and the names and dates of the officer’s immediate family are also included for most of the entries. As the first published reference work since 1849 to include this level of detail for all the Royal Navy officers of the period Royal Navy Officers of the Seven Years provides unparalleled access to information previously unpublished.

You can buy a copy by clicking here.