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Portsmouth Dockyard has a long and distinguished history. Functioning in a naval capacity since 1495, although more active as a dockyard from the Victorian period, few other places have such a prominent place in Britain’s naval history. The dockyard is the oldest that the Royal Navy has, and boasts one of the oldest dry docks in the world; today it features as a major tourist attraction. In this book, Philip MacDougall uses his fascinating collection of images to display the incredible recent history of the 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.
About the Author
Philip MacDougall is a much published local historian who has written a number of books on subjects relating to the south of England. Living on the outskirts of Chichester, he has a special attachment to the city and several of his books look at various aspects of both the city and the surrounding area. In his own village of Chidham, which he has also written about, he is a parish councillor and active in local affairs.