'A view of his Majesty's Dock Yard at Woolwich', London, early 19th century.
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Hand coloured engraving, printed for Bowles and Carver and reisued in 1821. Henry VIII announced his plans to build two dockyards on the Thames in 1513 and chose to place them at Woolwich and Deptford so that he could oversee building from his nearby palace in Greenwich. This illustration shows a variety of ships and boats on the Thames with the naval buildings of Woolwich in the background.