Dr Christopher Ware MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Chris started his career as a curator at the National Maritime Museum in the late 1970's. He came to the University of Greenwich, crossing the road in the process, to take his Masters in Maritime History in 2000 and followed this with a PhD by published work in 2013.

Chris has published on a variety on maritime topics, from bomb vessels to a monograph on the life and death of Admiral John Byng. Most recently his research has focused on the British Operations of the Isthmus of Panama in the period 1725-28. Chris has also been working on the English response to the Dutch raid on the Medway in 1667, examining to what extent the raid effected changes in how government administered the Navy of the period.

See more about the University History Research Group here.

Responsibilities within the university

Senior Lecturer in Naval History 1.0

Lead for Learning and Teaching - School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Director, Greenwich Maritime Centre


2019 - present Trustee, British Commission for Maritime History

2007 - 2009 Council Member, Navy Records Society

Key projects

The Unknown War with Spain 1727-1732 (2010)

The aim of the research was to highlight the use of maritime power by the British in the first quarter of the 18th Century, their disputes with Spain over trade in the West Indies and its disquiet with Britain's acquisition of Gibraltar in 1704 and the ratification of that by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. These disrupts signalled a change in the operation of the Royal Navy and the project has shown how this not only affected where the Navy served but also the effects on the Royal Dockyards in particular. Plymouth, the newest of the yards, was developed during the this period.

Recent publications


Ware, Christopher and , (2019), Impact of the Dutch raid 1667. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Maritime History ISSN: 0843-8714 (Print), 2052-7756 (Online) (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Ware, Christopher and , (2017), English cultural reflections of Chatham 1667. In: , , , . , MarineBlad (4) . pp. 26-30 (doi: https://www.kvmo.nl/marineblad/marineblad-algemeen/item/592-mei-2017.html).

Book section

Ware, Christopher and , (2021), To defend the coast. Boydell & Brewer, Boydell Press. In: , , In: Shelia Sweentinburgh, Stuart Bligh, Elizabeth Edwards (eds.), Maritime Kent Through the Ages: Gateway to the Sea. Boydell & Brewer, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK (1st) . pp. 133-148 . ISBN: 1783276258; 9781783276257; 1783276258 (doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv1m8d6b5.11).