PHOTEX: Assembling Royal Navy submarines at BAE Systems, Barrow

The sheer scale of Devonshire Dock Hall is incredible.

Nearly complete HMS Artful (left) and the fourth boat in the programme, Audacious, take shape in the Devonshire Dock Hall. Each boat is 323ft long and 37ft wide

Keel laying for HMS Agamemnon, new Astute class submarine for Royal Navy

BAE Systems laid the keel on the newest HMS Agamemnon today, 18 July 2013, which will be the sixth Astute class submarine in Royal Navy service.

While we’re pondering this £800m piece of sheer bloody awesomeness, let’s have a look at the old 64-gun “Eggs and Bacon” that fought at Trafalgar. She was launched on 10th April 1781 at a cost of £38,303 15s 4d.

Launch of the ‘Agamemnon’, Buckler’s Hard, 1781 by Harold Wyllie