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[20508] American Tank*

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Officer on bridge (200 x 120) Why work at sea?

Some choose to work at sea because it gives a chance to travel or gain responsibility early in their career. For others, it may be the only way to earn a wage.
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[20508] American Tank Americans in Southampton

Over two million American troops left for Europe from Southampton during the Second World War. Find out how they were received in Southampton. What was the reaction to streets and whole areas of the city being requisitioned for their use? What were the tensions?

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On this Day
3 August 1895
Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) opens the Prince of Wales (No 5) dry-dock.
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