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HMS Dolphin: Gosport's Submarine Base [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Keith Hall
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1 Feb 2000
In the latter half of the 19th Century, the Gosport side of Portsmouth harbour was developed as a fortified port. Fort Blockhouse, originally established in 1495, was updated and became the home of the Royal Engineers' Submarine Mining School in 1873. This book looks at the history of this submarine base at Gosport.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752421131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752421131
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 18.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars A disservice to the Submarine Service 21 May 2009
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This is yet another poor book with lazy authorship and poor editing by a publisher who should do a lot better for the book-buying public. The reader is not told about the author and a book like this deserves a potted biography.

The title gives the impression that the book is an authoritative history yet, with less than eight pages of text, the book is really a photograph album; I would hesitate to call it a photographic record as two-thirds of the book cover the last fifty years of the life of HMS Dolphin, the spiritual home of the Royal Navy's Submarine Service in Gosport, Hampshire.

However, as the Wikipedia entry for HMS Dolphin is surprisingly poor, there is little alternative to this book. That still gives no excuse to the publisher to push out any old stuff. How I wish I had kept the establishment's own booklet, a copy of which I had when I served as a young Writer rating from 1968-69.

The few pages of text are truly bizarre and I presume the publisher didn't even bother to look at them among all the photographs. Chapter Five covers 1960-1998 and is all of ten lines! Two lines refer to improved accommodation blocks and the rest to closure and the uncertain future of the site. Had I turfed up this sort of drivel when working, aged 17, in the Captain's Office of HMS Dolphin, I would expect to have been given a week's stoppage of leave until I came up with something markedly better, something that did not insult the reader or book buyer. Chapter Six offers a page of text on Submarine Squadrons, yet bizarrely ends with mention of the Normandy Landings, failing even to mention a date or year, and half of the chapter's photographs are of post-war submarines!
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