At a time when the Royal Navy was the biggest and best in the world, Georgian London was the hub of this immense industrial-military complex, underpinning and securing a global trading empire that was entirely dependent on the navy for its existence. Philip MacDougall, in this talk, explores the bureaucratic web that operated within the wider city area before giving attention to London s association with the practical aspects of supplying and manning the operational fleet and shipbuilding, repair and maintenance. His supremely detailed geographical exploration of these areas includes a discussion of captivating key personalities, buildings and work. The talk examines significant locations as well as the importance of Londoners in the manning of ships and how the city memorialised the navy and its personnel during times of victory.Views: 715 | Enquiries: 0
Philip MacDougall is a much published local historian who has written a number of books on subjects relating to the south of England with books published on Chichester, the Medway Towns and Portsmouth. His more specialised interest is naval dockyards and among his most recent books are detailed studies of the former royal dockyards of Portsmouth and Chatham.
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