HMD Portsmouth Portsmouth, England
| Location: ||50 48 13.32 secs N - 1 5 59.35 secs W |
There has been a Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth since 1212 after orders were issued by that rogue King Richard I (the Lionheart) for a dock to be built.
As well as supporting the fleet, the Dockyard became a seat of engineering excellence and drivers of the industrial revolution, for instance with the invention of the first machine for making consistently reliable blocks and tackle for naval rigging.
The last ship built at the Yard was HMS Andromeda (F57), launched in 1967.
It is fair to say that much of the southern part of the site today is more of a tourist destination, but there is still a Naval presence towards the north of the site and in the surrounding area. Portsmouth was long ago eclipsed by Devonport Dockyard as Chatham and then Rosyth closed and some of their facilities were re-distributed.
A visit to the Historic Dockyard is well worth it, if only to visit the Action Stations building. Go on a quiet day and you can have the Merlin simulator to yourself.
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