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Richard Kimbell


The 6th November provided me with some confusing
moments of reflection on our status as an unavoidably
sea-based nation.
King Richard 1 ordered the construction of Portsmouth
dockyard in 1194. King Henry VIII ordered the
construction of the Mary Rose there in 1510. Charles 11
created the Royal Navy in 1670 and made Portsmouth his
Royal Dockyard. In the early 1800s the Portsmouth
dockyard was the largest industrial complex in the world
and included the revolutionary block-making factory. It was
Marc Isambard Brunel (Isambard Kingdom’s father) who
created the first mass production factory in the world –
producing pulley blocks for rigging the navy ships. In 1808
that factory, in the Portsmouth dockyard, produced
130,000 rigging blocks. Over 300 naval ships were built in
Portsmouth – including HMS Royal Sovereign 1857 and
HMS Iron Duke in 1912. But on 6th November 2013 BAE
Systems (now the owners of the dockyard) announced
the end of ship-building in Portsmouth.

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KIMBELL, Richard. Exporting Ideas. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 1, jan. 2004. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/1920>. Date accessed: 04 dec. 2021.