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  • John Charles Deane story

    John and Charles Deane story

    Sunken Treasure, death defying adventure.  Have a look at this fantastic story of how John and Charles Deane invented modern deep-sea diving and saved the British Empire.  Written by James Nestor. Click picture for full story.    

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  • friends gosport museum

    Friends of Gosport Museum

    The Gosport Museum was founded in 1975 to record all aspects of the history of Gosport from the earliest times to the present. The FRIENDS of GOSPORT MUSEUM work to: – support the work of the museum – encourage the public to learn about and …

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  • Col. Bogey's Birthplace

    Col. Bogey’s Birthplace

    Col. Bogey’s Birthplace By Rear Admiral R W Paffard, CB, CBE In his book “British Golf”, Bernard Darwin says that in the 1880’s there were only forty six golf courses in England, nearly all by the seaside.  Inland golf, he tells us, was at that …

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  • Grange airfield

    History of Grange Airfield

    Here’s the basic history of Grange airfield. The story begins some time back, when a string of forts were built across Gosport between 1852 and 1862, these being (from south to north) Fort Gomer, Fort Grange, Fort Rowner, Fort Brockhurst, and Fort Elson. All of …

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  • Factory Buildings At Priddys Hard.

    A brief History of Priddy’s Hard

    Thank you to Tim Canham for this article and photographs providing a brief history of Priddy’s Hard. In 1750, by an Act of King George III, the Board of Ordnance purchased 40 acres of land and a boatyard, in Gosport, from Jane Priddy and a …

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  • The Dockyard Light Horse – by Ron Seager

    Poem written by shipwright Ron Seager who, when it appeared in the August 1975 issue of Dockyard newspaper Trident, was 56. The Dockyard Light Horse A verse to outmusters when about 25,000 men were employed in Portsmouth Dockyard A wonder to many journalists In the …

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  • London Flotilla

    London Flotilla of the Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve

    A group from the London Flotilla of the Royal Navy Volunteer Supplementary Reserve (RNV(S)R) travelled to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 7th April 2016 to present memorabilia to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The items consisted of a framed print, a framed description of …

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  • An Island Fortress

    An Island Fortress 1941 British Pathe “An Island Fortress”.  http://www.britishpathe.com/video/an-island-fortress Off British Coast. Various L/Ss of a fortress constructed from concrete and metal built in the sea of few miles from the coast. Shots are taken from a launch approaching the fortress. The fortress was …

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