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Paul BrownFrom muddy creek to naval-industrial powerhouse; from constructing wooden walls to building Dreadnoughts; from maintaining King John's galleys to servicing the enormous new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers: this is the story of Portsmouth Dockyard. Respected maritime historian Paul Brown's unique 800-year history of what was once the largest industrial organisation in the world is a combination of extensive original research and stunning images. The most comprehensive history of the dockyard to date, it is sure to become the definitive work on this important heritage site and modern naval base.
Jon BurseyOn 26 January 1841 the British took possession of the island of Hong Kong. The Convention of Chuanbi was immediately repudiated by both the British and Chinese governments and their respective negotiators recalled. For the British this was Captain Charles Elliot, whose actions in China became mired in controversy for years to come, even though the ceding of Hong Kong to Britain was subsequently ratified in the treaty of Nanking.
In this book, Philip MacDougall uses his fascinating collection of images to display the incredible history of Portsmouth dockyard. Starting with the Victorian dockyard, he looks at the mighty HMS Dreadnought, which was built at the dockyard, as well as taking the reader on a tour of the yard and its naval role. Moving forward through the decades, Philip considers the impact of the two world wars, as well as the Cold War, before finishing the story up to the present day.
John Blake's paperback version of Sea Charts takes the reader on a circumnavigation of Britain, to explore, through the chart, this mulititude of sea ports, fishing and commercial harbours, naval bases and dockyards, and sea-side havens that have supported local life, and defended and imported for the populace at large. Travelling along the coastline clockwise from London and the Thames Estuary the book displays a beautiful collection of charts containing a wealth of information about Britain's maritime history and the story of charting and surveying itself.
The charts, beautiful artefacts in their own right, demonstrate the developing understanding of these shores, including the dangers of rocks and tides. Furthermore, they bring home the changing nature of the coastline. Some reveal place names now lost to the sea, and ports now stranded miles inland owing to the silting of bays and estuaries.
Includes new foreword by Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
Ed: Commodore P J Melsom CBE
With the departure of the British Forces from Hong Kong on 1st July 1997 a chapter in the territory's history came to a close. The Royal Navy played a crucial role in modern Hong Kong's founding and, throughout its 156 year association with the territory, the Royal Navy has provided strong support to the community.
White Ensign - Red Dragon traces the history of the Royal Navy in Hong Kong, providing a great photographic record of events in the territory and its surrounding seas.
NOTE: This is the 2nd Edition and originally retailed for £25.00. Some slight water damage to some copies - hence reduced price.
Cammell Laird can trace their history back to the late 1820s when William and John Laird produced their first ship, a paddle steamer built for Irish Inland Steam. A pioneering company, they recognised early on the advantages of iron ships and by the 1840s, the Admiralty were ordering iron frigates from the company. Through the years many famous ships have been launched from their slipways into the Mersey - the battleships Audacious and Rodney; the cruiser Caroline and the third and fourth aircraft carriers to bear the name Ark Royal.
This volume contains over 170 full page B&W images, many from the Cammell Laird archives, supported by extended captions.
Lt Cdr K V Burns DSM RN & Steve Bush
Published 13 June 2016
Lt Cdr Ken Burns published the first edition of this book in 1981 as a small A5 handbook - this revised, updated and reformatted edition includes new images, more details and extended captions for each of the ships pictured, including some illustrious and historic names HMS ROYAL OAK, HMS WARSPITE and HMS EXETER.
For three centuries Portsmouth has been the leading base of the Royal Navy but the naval heritage of its port can be traced back to the Roman invasion of Britain. From the Roman walls of Portchester to the best preserved Georgian dockyard in the world and the illustrious HMS VICTORY, Portsmouth is amongst the most important naval siyes in the world.
This fascinating and fully revised edition focuses on the history and present status of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, as well as the magnificent preserved ships – VICTORY, MARY ROSE & WARRIOR.
In 1903 the Admiralty decided to establish a naval base and dockyard at Rosyth, taking advantage of deep tidal water there, the dockyard was finished in 1916, when the pre-Dreadnought HMS Zealandia entered dry dock there.
During the Cold War, Rosyth was used to refit conventional and Polaris nuclear-armed submarines as well as other warships. In 1997 Rosyth became the first privatised naval dockyard in Britain, and is now the site where the Royal Navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are being assembled.
In this book, published in the dockyard’s centennial year, Walter Burt takes us through the history of Rosyth dockyard and naval base.