Harbours and Docks

Royal Navy: Rarely-seen historic photos show how Portsmouth’s waterfront became the envy of the world

Take a look how our harbours used to look, with a glance back into the past from The News archives.

Our gallery includes pictures from Portsmouth, as well as other nearby harbours including Emsworth.

Possibly a Zeppelin over Portsmouth. Courtesy of Barry Cox.
Possibly a Zeppelin over Portsmouth. Courtesy of Barry Cox.
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The  aircraft carrier HMS Courageous entering Portsmouth Harbour sometime in 1939 perhaps for the last time.
The aircraft carrier HMS Courageous entering Portsmouth Harbour sometime in 1939 perhaps for the last time.
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A gaggle of 33-submarines tied up at HMS Dolphin, Gosport pre-January 1922 as HMS Victory can be seen up harbour.
A gaggle of 33-submarines tied up at HMS Dolphin, Gosport pre-January 1922 as HMS Victory can be seen up harbour.
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The MV Brading leaving Portsmouth Harbour for Ryde.
The MV Brading leaving Portsmouth Harbour for Ryde.
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