The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth


Warships in Tamar Estuary, 1948


This photograph shows a number of Royal Navy battleships laid up and awaiting their fate after the Second World War. Sadly, most of these ships were set to be stripped and scrapped despite their illustrious wartime contributions. The country was in dire need of new building materials and the expense of keeping a wartime naval capability was simply too high for a cash strapped Britain in the immediate post-war period.


Empire in Your Backyard: Plymouth Article



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