Maritime Portsmouth

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For three centuries Portsmouth has been the leading base of the Royal Navy, although the history of the port can be traced back to Roman times. From the Roman walls of Portchester to the best preserved Georgian dockyard in the world, and HMS Victory, the most illustrious survivor from the sailing navy, Portsmouth can lay claim to being the most important naval site in the UK and, perhaps, the world. Certainly no other yard has as complete or varied a selection of buildings from all periods. This colorful book focuses on the history and present status of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and its preserved ships such as Victory, Warrior,and Mary Rose. It also considers the other historic sites in Portsmouth and Gosport, including the harbor fortifications, Submarine Museum, and the Royal Marines Museum.


Paul Brown was born and brought up in Gosport, Hampshire, as part of a naval family. With a life-long interest in the Royal Navy, maritime affairs, and the maritime history of Portsmouth, he is a retired academic and now a writer, researcher, speaker, and photographer on maritime subjects. He has also lectured at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He lives in Northamptonshire. He has previously written Maritime Portsmouth: A History and Guide and Historic Sail for The History Press.