Did you know?
The first known dry dock in history was built at Portsmouth in 1495, during the reign of Henry VII.
Southampton is the home of the Spitfire aircraft. The prototype first flew from Eastleigh in 1936 and more than 22,500 Spitfires were built, helping to win the Battle of Britain.
In 1892, Thomas Tassel Grant invented steam-powered machinery for making innovative hexagonal-shaped ship biscuits, cutting waste and cost, and speeding up the production process.