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The Royal Dockyard at Woolwich

The Royal Dockyard at Woolwich

Engraver: Dodd, R

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: Ktop XVII

Item number: 25 c

Genre: Topographical Print

The accompanying text notes that Woolwich is supposed to be the oldest of royal yards. It had come into its own in the early 16th century, when Henry VIII had his largest warship, the Great Harry, built there. At the time this drawing was made, naval architecture had improved to such an extent that ships of twice the size could be built. The text states that at this time Woolwich was ''greatly enlarging its bounds, on which Convicts are employed, in constructing New Mast ponds, erecting storehouses etc for the more speedy fitting of the Royal Navy''.

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