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Rosyth Dockyard and Naval Base : Through Time (Paperback) (Walter Burt)

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With the coming of the naval arms race with Germany, in 1903 the Admiralty decided to establish a naval base and dockyard at Rosyth, taking advantage of deep tidal water there. Construction work started in 1909 and the dockyard was finished in 1916, when the pre-Dreadnought HMS Zealandia entered dry dock there. The yard closed in 1925, reopening in 1938 when relations with Germany began to deteriorate again and serving throughout the Second World War.

During the Cold War, Rosyth was used to re-fit conventional and Polaris nuclear-armed submarines as well as other warships. In 1997 Rosyth was acquired by Babcock International, becoming the first privatized naval dockyard in Britain, and is now the site where the Royal Navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers are being assembled. In this book, published in the dockyard’s centennial year, Walter Burt takes us through the history of Rosyth dockyard and naval base.


Through images and brief descriptions, this volume traces the history of the Rosyth dockyard and naval base in Scotland, which was started in 1909 due to the naval arms race between Britain and Germany and finished in 1919 when the HMS Zealandia entered dry dock there. The dockyard was used to refit warships and closed in 1925. It reopened in 1938 and served throughout World War II, was used to refit conventional and Polaris nuclear-armed submarines and other warships during the Cold War, and was acquired by Babcock International in 1997, becoming the first privatized dockyard in Britain. It is currently the site where the Royal Navy is assembling two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The book illustrates different parts of the dockyard and naval base during its history, various events, and the people who worked there.
Number of Pages: 96
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Through Time
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Walter Burt
Language: English
Street Date: August 5, 2016
TCIN: 51240320
UPC: 9781445648965
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-1767
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