Today's announcement that hundreds of jobs will be lost at BAE in Portsmouth ends centuries of tradition in the city and the careers of hundreds of workers.
From the earliest records - ship building features as an important part of life in the city. Henry the Eighth granted Portsmouth the official status of Naval Dockyard. Kerry Swain has been looking back.
1800 jobs will be cut in shipyards operated by BAE Systems across England and Wales, bringing shipbuilding in Portsmouth to an end.
Unions are to meet defence giant BAe Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.