Admiralty Manual of Seamanship

Price for non-members: £176.00
Price for members: £123.20

Code: 0400
ISBN: 978 1 906915 74 2
Release year: 2023
Weight: 2905 grams

About The Admiralty Manual of Seamanship


This comprehensive work sets out sound seamanship principles and practices developed over many years by Britain’s Royal Navy. Published jointly by the Royal Navy and The Nautical Institute, the book is recognised as the leading publication on the subject and has been thoroughly updated for today’s seafarers. All mariners – whether on naval ships, commercial vessels or leisure craft – will benefit from its guidance on safe and well-organised working practices.

Many minor changes have taken place throughout the publication, however, the following summarises the key changes as well as several editorial changes:

The new edition has several updates throughout the book, including:

  • Additional information for ships dragging anchor.
  • Updates of pilot ladder and brow policy.
  • Update to Astute class mooring arrangements.
  • Inclusion of emergency towing systems.

And much more.

“We must never slacken seamanship standards, nor ignore the hard lessons of living and working at sea learned over hundreds of years of experience. Much of that is captured in these pages.”

A P Burns CB OBE, Vice Admiral, Fleet Commander

About the Author

Vic Vance is the author of: The Admiralty Manual of Seamanship 13th Edition and a retired Royal Navy Warrant Officer Seaman specialist with wide ranging experience including being part of the Flag Officer Surface Flotilla Staff where he was responsible for seamanship procedural policy making and ship inspections for all surface ships of the Royal Navy.

In 2004 Mr Vance became the Royal Navy’s Fleet Staff Author for The Admiralty Manual of Seamanship, the Royal Marines Landing Craft and Small Craft Operations manuals, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cargo Handling and Cargo Securing manuals, The Sailmakers’ Handbook and The Survivors Handbook. The latter two publications are also published in collaboration with the NI.


More Information


Ships and sailors have changed over the decades and never more so than in recent years as tonnage has grown in size, and technology has become embedded in the control of our ships.

What does this mean for the ancient skill of seamanship? Is seamanship now a dying art? A skill fondly remembered but of little significance in the workplace of a modern ship?

Or does seamanship continue to underpin true professionalism in the world’s most challenging environment?

The Nautical Institute is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Our aim is to promote professionalism, best practice and safety throughout the maritime industry and to represent the interests of our members.