The Best Investment Ever Made: the Royal Dockyard Schools, Technical Education, and the British Shipbuilding Industry, 1800-1914

By J. M Haas, published November 1990


This article examines the role played by dockyard apprenticeship schemes initiated by Samuel Bentham, Inspector General of the Navy in 1796. The sucesses and failures of various educational initiatives are outlined, with the eventual introduction of a merit system of promotion. The difficulties put in the way of those wishing to better themselves are described.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

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