An Overview of the US Merchant Marine Academy

Introduction The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA or Kings Point) is a United States service academy in Kings Point, New York. It trains its midshipmen (as students at the academy are called) to serve as officers in the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the United States Armed Forces and the transportation industry. Midshipmen… Read More


An Overview of the US Naval Academy

Introduction The United States Naval Academy (US Naval Academy, USNA, or Navy) is a federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It was established on 10 October 1845 during the tenure of George Bancroft as Secretary of the Navy. The Naval Academy is the second oldest of the five US service academies and it educates midshipmen… Read More

Who was Duncan Gordon Boyes?

Introduction Duncan Gordon Boyes VC (05 November 1846 to 26 January 1869) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. The award was bestowed upon him for his actions during the Shimonoseki… Read More

Determining Factors in the Selection of Royal Navy Officer Trainees During the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Eras

Research Paper Title A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831. Abstract Many senior officers in the Royal Navy of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries saw the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars as a time of dramatic social change. Naval and civilian commentators alike expressed concern that the virtue of birth had replaced the… Read More