An astonishing book at an awesome price. £100 buys you a comprehensive account of the architecture & engineering of the Royal Navy’s harbours & bases around the world from 1700 to 1914. 450 pages covers not only familiar places such as Portsmouth, Chatham and Devonport, but all overseas bases in the Mediterranean, West Indies, North America, the South Atlantic & Australia. Not only dockyards, but Royal Victualling Yards, Naval Ordnance Yards, Naval Hospitals, Barracks & Training Establishments.
This prizewinning book is a lifetime’s work, not just in archives but with Coad actually visiting the places described, all supported by nearly 500 illustrations & maps. Newcomen members will know Jonathan Coad for his definitive study of the Portsmouth Block Mills, also published by English Heritage, as it was then known. In this book the Block Mills are just one exemplar of the growing scale of industrial facilities found in the Victorian Naval dockyards. The steam navy brought a vast expansion in the scale of dockyard facilities, culminating with the construction of Rosyth in the 20th Century. Put this sumptuous book on your Christmas present list!