LONDON Closing Woolwich Dockyard Admiral s Office antique print 1869
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LONDON: Closing Woolwich Dockyard: Admiral's Office, antique print, 1869

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'The Admiral Superintendent's Office'


Woolwich Dockyard
Woolwich Dockyard was an English naval dockyard founded by King Henry VIII in 1512 to build his flagship Henri Grâce à Dieu (Great Harry), the largest ship of its day.
Like its counterpart at Deptford, it was probably chosen for its position - on the south bank of the tidal River Thames conveniently close to Henry's palace at Greenwich.
Its facilities ultimately included two large dry docks, a substantial basin (now used by local anglers), masting sheers, numerous storehouses, a gatehouse and clockhouse, gun bastions, and, in later years, a large metal-working factory used to produce anchors and other iron items used in shipbuilding.
Engineer Samuel Bentham was an apprentice shipwright at the dockyard during the 1770s.
As ships grew bigger and the Thames began to silt up, the dockyard eventually closed in 1869, but some of its features still remain, while Woolwich Dockyard railway station reminds commuters weekly of the history of the area.

Notable ships launched at the dockyard
1512-14 Henri Grâce à Dieu (Great Harry); flagship of Henry VIII.

1610 HMS Prince Royal

1637 HMS Sovereign of the Seas; great ship ordered by Charles I
1751 HMS Dolphin; circumnavigated the globe twice.
1756 HMS Royal George; her sinking in 1782 one of the worst disasters in Royal Navy history, around 800 lives lost.
1805 HMS Ocean; second-rate Ship of the line, flagship of Lord Collingwood.
1809 HMS Macedonian; frigate captured by United States during the War of 1812.
1820 HMS Beagle; ship used on naturalist Charles Darwin's famous voyage.

(Source Wikipedia)

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Woolwich Dockyard

DATE PRINTED: 1869    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 17.0 x 23.5cm, 6.75 x 9.25 inches (Medium)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: The print you will receive is in Good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition compared to that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Unsigned

PROVENANCE: Illustrated London News



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