The functions and capabilities of the 20th Century Dockyard evolved from centuries of development. As the requirements and technology of the Royal Navy progresssed from sail to steam to diesel and gas-turbine propulsion, so to did the Dockyard crafts develop - frequently blazing the trail of industrial revolution. But the Dockyards also furnished logistic support to the ships - both naval stores (ropes, sails, pumps, weaponry, etc) and victualling stores - food, beer, water, etc. So, in addition to great storehouses, the Dockyard established Slaughter Houses, Breweries, etc, and a Cooperage to supply the storage barrels.

On this page we aim to provide an insight as to how these various functions developed.

In the mid- 1950's, Mr Edward Curphey, CBE, RCNC, wrote a series of articles for the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors' Journal entitled "Chips from a Portsmouth Basket". He had recently retired from the position of Deputy Director (Dockyards), having previously served at Portsmouth Dockyard during World War II as a Chief Constructor. The articles are based both on extensive research of historical documents and his personal experience, proving in total a comprehensive view of the Dockard from a mid- 20th century perspective.

They have been recently digitised and are available at the following links:

Chips 1 - Origin of the term "Chips"http://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_1.pdf

Chips 2 - Beerhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_2.pdf

Chips 3 - Dogs in the Yardhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_3.pdf

Chips 4 - The Dockyard Regimenthttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_4.pdf

Chips 5 - Royalty and Portsmouthhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_5.pdf

Chips 6 - Payment of Wageshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_6.pdf

Chips 7 - Cycling and Smoking in the Yardhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_7.pdf

Chips 8 - Visitors to the Yardhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_8.pdf

Chips 9 - Outside Associationshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_9.pdf

Chips 10 - Guarding and Policing the Yardhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_10.pdf

Chips 11 - Dockyard Pensionshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_11.pdf

Chips 12 - Master Attendants and their Successors - http://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_12.pdf

Chips 13 - Whitleyism and Petitions - http://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_13.pdf

Chips 14 - Armament Supplyhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_14.pdf

Chips 15 - Electricshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_15.pdf

Chips 16 - Storekeepershttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_16.pdf

Chips 17 - The Civil Engineershttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_17.pdf

Chips 18 - Torpedo Depotshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_18.pdf

Chips 19 - Admiralty Chemisthttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_19.pdf

Chips 20 - Master Shipwrights and their Staffshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_20.pdf

Chips 21 - The Engineershttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_21.pdf

Chips 22 - Commissioners and Superintendentshttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_22.pdf

Chips 23 - Other Yard Officershttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_23.pdf

Chips 24 - Royal Naval Academyhttp://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/images/uploads/documents/Chips_24.pdf