Call for Papers The Trafalgar Chronicle: Georgian Navy Encounters with Indigenous Cultures and Enslaved Populations

6 May 2020





For four decades, the Trafalgar Chronicle has been the flagship scholarly publication of the 1805 Club, a non-profit organisation with an international membership. The mission of the 1805 Club is to preserve the history, heritage, memorials, and monuments of the Royal Navy during the Georgian Era (sometimes called Nelson’s Navy) from approximately 1775 to 1830. The Trafalgar Chronicle is an essential component of that mission. It is published annually by Seaforth Publications, which maintains a global readership.

For the 2021 edition, the editors seek carefully-researched articles on ‘Georgian Navy Encounters with Indigenous Cultures and Enslaved Populations’. We want research and analysis of how the Georgian Navy interacted with, influenced, and was influenced by native populations and enslaved people. Contributors are invited to address and analyse encounters among and between individuals and groups and to consider the long term effects of these encounters, positive and negative.

Additional Topics: We are also interested in general interest articles with some unique perspective on the Georgian Navy. We invite biographical articles, articles about major wars, battles at sea, and technological advances in the Age of Sail. We also welcome reports on preservations efforts regarding the artefacts, graves, memorials, and monuments of the Nelson era.

Proposal Submission Guidelines: Please submit a proposal/abstract of no more than 500 words and a biographical synopsis (your background) of no longer than 150 words. Proposals are due by 1 September 2020.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by 1 October 2020. Submit all proposals and inquiries to Detailed author guidelines are available upon request and will be sent to each author in any case when a proposal is accepted.

Article Guidelines: Articles should be 2000 to 6000 words long in MSWORD (unprotected). Authors are advised to use Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) format. Accepted articles are due 1 February 2021, at which point they will be edited and, in some cases, submitted to peer review. Articles will be returned to authors for revisions by 1 March 2021. Revised articles are due 1 May 2021. Publication will be Fall 2021.

All contributors should provide at least 1(preferably 3 or 4) high resolution illustration (photos, charts, graphs, reproductions of drawings and paintings). If possible, at least one illustration should be in colour and sufficiently high-res to be used in a centre colour block. Submit each image in an individual file, not embedded in the text. In the text, do indicate where each illustration should go. All illustrations should be accompanied by a caption, date, originator, and source. Captions should be in a single separate file. We have a small budget if you need to pay an archive for the rights to an illustration. Be sure you have permission if your reproductions are not in public domain.

Our Contributors: We welcome articles from members of The 1805 Club and anyone with an interest in the history of the Georgian Navy and other navies of the period. Our articles have come from writers of varied backgrounds: historians, journalists, university students, military personnel, preservationists, and novelists. Please contact us with for additional information.

Journal: Trafalgar Chronicle

Sponsoring Organization: The 1805 Club, London, UK

Publisher: Seaforth Publications, Barnesly, UK

Readership: International – Historians of the Georgian Era of the Royal Navy

Editors: Dr. Judith E. Pearson, freelance writer and copyeditor, Virginia; Dr. Sean Heuvel, Christopher Newport University, Virginia; Captain John Rodgaard, US Navy, Retired, Florida