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Southampton: The Docks, River Itchen, Southampton at war, Flying Boats, Titanic, Finding Out More, Southampton speaks, Street Directories, Historic Buildings Survey

Registers and Records: Lloyd's Register, Official Sources, Other Records, Finding Out More

Wrecks and Accidents: Why accidents happen, Investigations, Improving Safety at Sea, Finding Out More, Wreck Reports

Life of a Port: How a port comes to life, At work in a port, Ports at play, Trade - lifeblood of a port, Finding Out More

On the Line: Company growth and development, Shipping lines, Transatlantic travel, Preparing a liner, Finding Out More

Sea People: Life at sea, Jobs at sea, Travelling by sea, Starting a new life by sea, Women and the sea, Finding Out More

Diversity of Ships: The variety of ships, What drives the ship?, Ships of ancient times, Ships in the age of sail, Ships of the steam age, Ships of today

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Southampton - Gateway to the World

Discover the story of merchant shipping and port life in Southampton. Our archive contains over 10,000 photographs, maps, sound clips, documents, games and other objects. Use the Search box (top right of every page) to find items.

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Remembering D-Day
When American Soldiers left for Normandy 
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Southampton Old Town How a port comes to life

Does a port spring into life because nearby communities need to ship goods? Or do towns and cities grow up around a place where ships can come in? Find out in this section.
Southampton Old Town The Docks

Since 1843, the passengers and cargo passing through Southampton's docks have brought prosperity to the town. Discover the story of the docks and explore them with interactive maps.


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25 September 1923
First regular flying boat services begin from Southampton, flying to Guernsey.


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On this Day
25 September 1923
First regular flying boat services begin from Southampton, flying to Guernsey.
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