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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

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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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When American Soldiers left for Normandy 
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Ships at dock in Southampton Company growth and development

There's more to ship owning than buying a vessel and watching the money roll in. Find out what shipowners do and the risks they face.
River Itchen River Itchen

The River Itchen flows 27 miles (43 km) from north Hampshire to Southampton Water. Many small shipping industries and communities grew up along the river.


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26 September 1940
First afternoon raid of WW2 on Southampton. The Vickers Supermarine Works on the River Itchen are damaged.


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26 September 1940
First afternoon raid of WW2 on Southampton. The Vickers Supermarine Works on the River Itchen are damaged.
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