41 rarely-seen photos charting the long and proud history of Portsmouth's dockyard

Thousands of people have played a part in the long history of Portsmouth’s dockyard.

Monday, 4th November 2019, 5:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 3:48 pm
Portsmouth Naval Base

We’ve had a look back through the archive at some of our favourite photos from years gone by.

A wagon at Portsmouth Naval Base
A welder working on a submarine servicing platform in 1993

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Explosion at the boilerhouse
Portsmouth Naval Base in 1993
Portsmouth Naval Base in October 1992
Portsmouth Naval Base in 1993
Ship plate machinists Alec Hosie (left) and Bill Dack (right), who operated the huge edge planing machine in the heavy plate shop
Bending a pipe using a furnace in the heavy plate shop
Painter applying gold leaf to binnacle of HMY Britannia
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HMS Bulwark in January 1993
Submarines arriving in the dockyard for a refit
Portsmouth Naval Base in May 1994
The eastern end of Portsmouth Naval Base
Working on gears at Portsmouth Naval Base
Portsmouth Naval Base
Dockyard foundry
The Great Steam Factory, opened by Queen Victoria in 1848
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Portsmouth Naval Base
The apprentices training centre in March 1982
Portsmouth Naval Base
The main gate to Portsmouth Naval Base in April 1985
The unique Victorian cast iron pillars, a main feature of the interior of No.6 Boathouse
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Ships at Portsmouth Naval Base in 1992
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Portsmouth Naval Base
Working on an electrical motor, c1950s
Pipe bending at Portsmouth Naval Base
Portsmouth Naval Base
Applying coating to HMS Fearless
The men who worked on the Polar circle, c1992
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Workmen inside the tunnel taking water from the dry dock
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Connecting up ship's anchor cable to the load testing machine in the cable test house
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Portsmouth Naval Base leather makers c1984
Positioning dock blocks
Shipwrights preparing blocks for a docking, c1980s