Coad, J. G.


1st ed., 1983. 160 pp., 154 photographs, 9 maps & plans. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. Unlike vessels of former days, the modern warship does not have to rely on overseas bases as much as her forerunners had to do and can patrol and fight thousands of miles from home for many months. In the past, the Royal Navy built up an elaborate and effective chain of naval yards both at home and abroad, especially in the Georgian era, and we are now left with a rich inheritance of naval architecture that reflects the power of the Royal Navy in days gone by. The author of this book provides an excellent introduction to the subject, illustrated with 154 photographs, 9 maps and plans. These dockyards were used to build and repair ships, they acted as naval warehouses in order to provision the fleet, provided houses for senior officers, as well as churches and academies, served as arsenals in order to arm and re-arm men-o’-war, and for sick and wounded sailors they provided a hospital ashore. All these aspects are covered in this book. Naval dockyards include Portsmouth, Gosport, Plymouth, Chatham, Sheerness, Minorca, Gibraltar, Malta, Antigua, Jamaica, Bermuda, etc.

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