Pembroke Dockyard and the Old Navy: A Bicentennial HistoryHardback
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- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 30mm | 980g
- Publication date: 3 June 2014
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 0750952148
- ISBN 13: 9780750952149
- Illustrations note: 150 black & white illustrations, 60 colour illustrations, 32 black & white plates, 16 colour plates
- Sales rank: 964,098
The Royal Dockyard at Pembroke Dock produced over 250 warships for the Royal Navy, including five royal yachts, between its founding in 1814 and its closure after the First World War. Prior to this, no ocean-going ships had ever been built on the south shores of Milford Haven, where the most complex piece of machinery used was the horse-drawn plough. Yet within twenty years Pembrokeshire men were building major British warships and they did so for the next hundred years. This long century, from the Napoleonic Wars until after the First World War, covered all the major changes in warship design and construction, from wood to iron and then steel, and from sail to steam, and paddle wheel to screw propulsion. In this authoritative and splendidly illustrated work, naval historian Lawrie Phillips, who was born and bred just outside the dockyard walls, tells the story of this royal yard, its ships and the Pembroke men who built them.
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LiLawrie Phillips was born and bred in Pembroke Dock and trained a reporter on The Western Telegraph before moving to London. He spent 35 years as a media specialist with the Ministry of Defence working with all three Armed Services at home and abroad. He has been the Royal Navy's Fleet PR Officer, the Head of Media Operations at the Permanent Joint HQ, Director of Public Relations for the British Forces in the Far East and Head of Publicity at the Ministry of Defence. Naval history has been a life-long passion. He is author of The Royal Navy Day by Day, published by The History Press, which is considered by the Navy's professional journal as 'probably one of the most well-thumbed and valued books Captains of Her Majesty's Ships possess'. Lawrie Phillips is a former lieutenant-commander RNR and lieutenant-colonel Royal Engineers V). He is a vice-president of the Navy Records Society and of the Society for Nautical Research.