Woolwich Dockyard. 1859. From The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall, p. 492. Text and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of Pittsburgh and the Internet Archive and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

The Halls on Woolwich Dockyard

Woolwich . . . the noblest dockyard of the world, — its foundry, its arsenal, its schools, and its barracks. It is the most ancient of those magazines of our national strength and glory, and has furnished our country with most of its largest ships during the course of several reigns, — from that of Henry VIII., when the big Harry Grace de Dieu was launched here, to that of Queen Victoria, when it may be said to have achieved its highest glory. . . . It is the great school of our artillery — a branch of the service in which officers and men are alike eminent for that educated intelligence which gives the soldier true strength. The Arsenal is one of the chief wonders of England: science has here carried machinery to perfection. [492]

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Hall, Samuel Carter, and A. M. Hall. The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Cp., 1959. Internet Archive version of a copy in the William and Mary Darlington Memorial Libray, the University of Pittsburgh. Web. 10 March 2012.

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