Seapower in the age of sailing navies
The pursuit of ‘honour’ by the naval officer corps had A replica to carry the name gone down well with a nation starved of glory after the war the service was given. As hms president. In this A major boost, rather than being demobilized, although attempts to turn it into a Way navies have always Battlefleet sea control navy were premature. After 1812 the british took america Celebrated success, and built On the legacy of victory. seriously as a naval power, an honour they accorded very few nations.
N many ways 1815 marked the end of the contest for seapower in the age of sailing navies. Although holland, france, spain and even russia had Competed, britain was now the undisputed ruler of the waves. Britain retained her Dominance to the end of the sailing ship era, although the nature of war at sea Was changing, and the introduction of shell-firing guns and steam engines Presaged the arrival of a new order after 1850.
Britain used her dominance of the sea, financial power and primacy in the Industrial revolution both to support an aggressive commercial policy, and to Maintain an equilibrium of power in europe in an attempt to avoid costly and Unproductive wars. The royal navy was reconstructed as a long-term deterrent.
Between 1815 and 1830 a new battle fleet was built, using the finest timber, Scientific methods of wood preservation, and an improved structural system. This
New battle fleet proved so successful that it became obsolete long before it became Unserviceable.