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MacDOUGALL, Philip. Royal Dockyards. Newton Abbot - London - North Pomfret, VT : David & Charles, (1982). First Edition. Printed in Britain. Pp (6),-216. Illustrated in b&w. 8vo (163 x 240 mm), green cloth, with gilt lettering to spine.
Dr. Philip MacDougall (b. 1949, Hampstead, England).
"This is the first book to document the history of the royal dockyards, without which the British navy would never have achieved the many successes of which it is justly proud. Within the royal dockyards such ships as Sovereign of the Sea, Victory and Dreadnought, were built and maintained, and for this reason the book is not just a history of the dockyards, but also of the ships they built. Additionally it tells of how timber vessels were constructed, and of how the transformation to iron was undertaken.
It also notes how the royal dockyards were, for a long time, the very largest industriak entrprises within the country. Indeed, during the eighteenth centure they emplyed a work-force in excess of 10,000. Many of these were artisans skilled in the specialized crafts - shipwrights, caulkers, anchor smiths, etc. Their story is also told: the tasks they performed, the conditions under which they worked, the pay they received and the hours for which they were employed.
The first yard was at Portsmouth, established during the reign of Henry VII. Other Tudor yards followed, at Deptford, Woolwich and Chatham. In the seventeenth century the need for a western base prompted the construction of Plymouth (later Devonport), and Sheerness was established to act as a forward base for the busy yard at Chatham. Pembroke, Haulbowline and Rosyth were nineteenth- and twentieth-century creations. Although the book concentrates upon the home yards, reference is made to the foreign yards at Gibraltar, Malta, Singapore, Bermuda and Antigua. [Two passing references to Halifax] Following visits to each of the home yards, the author concludes with a description of them today and the work they undertake.
1. The Royal Dockyards: An Introduction.
2. The Tudor Yards.
3. The Master Shipwrights.
4. Dens of Theft and Corruption.
5. A Century of Conflict.
6. A Period of Expansion.
7. The Dockyard Worker: Life in the Eighteenth Century.
8. A Fiery Interlude.
9. Technical Innovations.
10. War and Peace.
11. The New Era.
12. The Dreadnoughts.
13. Two World Wars.
With bibliography and index.
Plans of Portsmouth (1755 and 1980),
Rosyth (1975), and
Name stamp to flyleaf, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 40.00
Title: Royal Dockyards. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: David & Charles: 1982
ISBN Number: 0715381482
ISBN Number 13: 9780715381489
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