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Britain’s oldest dockyard: Portsmouth through eight centuries: the “towne of Portsmouth is in itselfe a place of great consequence to the state, and doubtlesse would receive much profitt by the shipps lyeing in that harbour”

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This assertion by navy surveyor Edmund Dummer in 1675 remains true today. Dockyards, sited for geopolitical reasons, mould their host cities, driving innovation and investment, craftsmanship and clientelism. Like Karlskrona, Portsmouth’s fortunes mirrored war and peace, growth or decline shaping and affecting its community. Portsmouth Dockyard officers, contractors and workers invariably supported the state in return for patronage. Like Karlskrona, the military and naval infrastructure now supports heritage tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Approaches to Naval Cities and Dockyards
EditorsAndreas Linderoth
Place of PublicationKarlskrona
PublisherStatens Maritima Museer
Chapter10
Pages148-163
ISBN (Print)978-91-982134-2-3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2018

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