The PRDHT holds a large number of books and documents relating to: management of the Dockyard, training of craftsmen and technical standards, technical references, trade notes, Books of Reference (BRs), Health & Safety Regulations, etc. These are listed in the Library List.
JOURNALS OF THE ROYAL CORPS OF NAVAL CONSTRUCTORS
The PRDHT holds a complete set of the RCNC Journals from their first publication in July 1947 through to the last paper edition published in 2012. Articles in the journals have been indexed by Title, Expanded Subject, Category and Author in a searchable Catalogue.
PRDHT PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE
These publications are available by post (p & p cost in brackets) from: Mr A. Slade, 10 Lightfoot Lawn, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO48HX. Tel: 023 9273 0356.
Cheques should be payable to: PRDHT Support Group.
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust publication (1996)A4 glossy paperback. £1.00 (£1.00)Articles and photographs of the Block Mills; Lignum Vitae; the INFLEXIBLE solution; the construction of No’s 14 & 15 Docks; on Detached Duty to Russia 1916; the Dockyard was my playground (Memories of Mrs Ann Hall); memories of a shipwright apprentice in the early thirties; the Bermudans and All That Jazz (the transfer of Bermuda Dockyard apprentices to Portsmouth Dockyard in 1950 on the closure of Bermuda Dockyard); jetty construction; a Royal Sail Training Ship.
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Society publication (1989) A5 glossy paperback £1.00 (£1.50) A detailed account of the setting up of a mechanised system for the manufacture of pulley blocks by Brigadier General Sir Samuel Bentham and Marc Isambard Brunel during the first decade of the 1800’s.
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Society publication No.2 (1987) A4 non-glossy paperback B/W plans and sketches £1.00 (£1.50) An account of the discovery during road repairs undertaken in 1984, of the original caisson to No.2 Basin, (the Steam Basin), in Portsmouth Dockyard. The caisson had been buried in-situ when a new, larger entrance to the basin was constructed in 1876.
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Society publication No.5 (1989)A4 glossy paperback Text, photographs, diagrams and plans. £3.00 (£1.50)A record of many activities in the Great Docks of Portsmouth Dockyard during the period 1830-1914.
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Society publication No. 6 (1991) A4 glossy paperback. B/W photographs with explanatory text. £2.50 (£1.50)A further record of the activities within the Dockyard bringing it up to the 1970’s.
Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust publication No.7 (1998) A4 glossy paperback. £3.00 (£1.50)In celebration of the International Festival of the Sea held in Portsmouth Dockyard in the summer of 1998, the Historical Trust produced this edition containing 84 pages with 137 B/w photographs with accompanying text. The record of activities is brought up to 1997 and covers Dockyard involvement during the operation for the recovery of the Falkland Islands in 1982.
PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE BY PHOTOCOPY
These are also available from Alan Slade at the above address (p & p £1.50 each), or may be ordered from the HMS VICTORY Souvenir Shop.
No’s. 1, 3 & 4 (1984) and No. 5 are Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Society Publications, matt, A4, paperback.
A DICTIONARY OF DOCKYARD LANGUAGE 36 pages. A description with drawings of the language of the Dockyard ‘Matey’.
THE ROYAL DOCKYARD AT PORTSMOUTH 1929 46 pages. A description of Portsmouth Dockyard in 1929 and work in hand during that year.
PORTSMOUTH ROYAL DOCKYARD. A SHORT PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY
32 pages. Photographs with description, of a selection of the workshops and other parts of the Dockyard with some of the ships under repair
PORTSEA TOWN FORTIFICATIONS & ROYAL DOCKYARD 1860 20” x 18” coloured. £2.00
GARRISON TOWN OF PORTSMOUTH 1860 18"X16” B/w £1.50
GOSPORT TOWN & FORTIFICATIONS 1860 - 70 16"x14” B/w £1.50
The following is a selected list of books relating to Portsmouth and the Royal Dockyard:
Burt, R.A. British Battleships of World War One, Weidenfield Military, 1986
Burt, R.A. British Battleships 1919-1939, Weidenfield Military, 1993
Evans, David. Building the Steam Navy. (Dockyard Technology and the Creation of the Victorian Battle Fleet) 1830 – 1906. Conway Maritime 2004.
Coad, Jonathan. Historic Architecture of the Royal Navy, Victor Gollancz Ltd. London, 1983
Coad, Jonathan. Historic Architecture of HM Naval Base Portsmouth, 1700-1850, The Portsmouth Royal Navy Museum Trading Company Ltd, 1981.
Gates, William, The Illustrated History of Portsmouth, Charpentier, 46 High St, Portsmouth.
Goss, J.W. Portsmouth Built Warships 1497-1967, Kenneth Mason Publications, 1984
Hannan, Bill. Fifty Years of Naval Tugs, Maritime Books, Liskeard, Cornwall, 1995.
Hill, J.R. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy, Oxford University Press, 1995
Hough, R. Dreadnought, A History of the Modern Battleship, London, Michael Joseph, 1965
Hepper, D. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era, 1860-1919, Chatham Publishing, 2006.
James, Admiral Sir W. M. The Portsmouth Letters, Macmillan & Co Ltd, London, 1946.
Lunn, K. & Day, A. History of Work & Labour Relations in the Royal Dockyards, Mansell Publishing Ltd. 1999. MacDougal, Philip, Royal Dockyards, David & Charles London, 1982.
Morriss, Roger, The Royal Dockyards during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Leicester University Press, 1983.
Morris, D. Cruisers of the Royal & Commonwealth Navies since 1879, Maritime Books, Liskeard, Cornwall.
Parkes, Dr. Oscar OBE. AINA, A History of British Battleships 1860-1950, Seeley Service, 1957.
Jane’s Fighting Ships, London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1900, 1910, 1919, 1934, 1940, 1945, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1984, 1990
Thomas, R. D. & Patterson, B.H. Dreadnought in Camera - 1905-1920, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 1998.
Courtney, S. & Patterson, B. H. Home of the Fleet, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2005.
Page, William. A History of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Constable & Company Ltd, 1908
Patterson, B. H. The Royal Navy at Portsmouth since 1900, Maritime Books Liskeard, Cornwall, 2005.
Patterson, B. H. A Military Heritage. A History of Portsmouth & Portsea Town Fortifications, Acme Printing, Fort Cumberland and Portsmouth Military Society, 1984.
Quail, Sarah. The Origins of Portsmouth and the First Charter. City of Portsmouth 1994.
Knighton C. S. Pepys and the Navy. Sutton Publishing Ltd. 2003.
Warlow, B. Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy, Maritime Books Liskeard, Cornwall, 1992.
Stenton, F. M. Anglo-Saxon England, Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1971.
Sainsbury, A. B. The Royal Navy Day by Day. Ian Allan Publishing.
Semark, H. W. The Royal Naval Armament Depot of Priddy’s Hard, Elson, Frater and Bedenham, Hampshire County Council, 1997.
Watton, Ross, Aircraft Carrier Victorious, Conway Maritime Press Ltd. 1991.