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Title: Plymouth Dock : a survey of the development of the Royal Dockyard in Hamoaze during the sailing ship era.
Author: Stephens, Alfred Ernest.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3480 2480
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 1940
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The work of the Royal Dockyards has been of prime importance in the rise of this country to the position of a great naval power. There has as yet, however, been relatively little attention given to the historical development of the Royal Dockyards, or to the factors actuating this development. The aim of this thesis is to examine in some detail the particular case of Plymouth, which throws some light on the general role of the Royal Dockyards in our naval history. While the study is confined to that of a single dockyard ) the field has been further narrowed by the termination of the period under review at the mid19th century, a date at which steam power and steel plates were rapidly rep1actn sails and wooden hull8. The initial problem can thus be examined to its conclusion within the limits set. - The establishment and development of the Dockyard are the main themes of this study, and in this connection the suitability of the site both from the local and the national point of view, as well as in relation to wider strategic considerations, makes the first claim for examination. The essential and allied subjects of Naval Victualling, and of Hydrographic improvements, as well as that of the general development of the town of Plymouth Dock (Devonport), and the defence of both the town and dockyard are similarly examined. The enera1 physical features of the Plymouth district are summarised to provide a background for the whole study. For the same reason, and as an aid to the enera1 reader, the main features of the Naval Administration at the close of the 17th century (when the Plymouth Yard was first established) are similarly treated. A chronological sequence is adopted throughout in order to trace the evolutionary processes by which the form, functioning, and machinery of the naval base of Plymouth were finally determined.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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