The Changing Shore: A History of the West Dockyard, Simon's Town 1743 - 1996, S.A. Myers
It was only in the 18th century that the Dutch settlers in the Cape first identified Simon's Bay as a suitable sheltered anchorage for ships wishing to avoid the worst of the north westerly gales that pound the Cape in winter.
Soon after the British occupation of the Cape in the early 19th century Simon's Town began to develop as a major naval port for the Royal Navy, to such an extent that by the mid 20th century Simon's Town had become recognised as the major naval station of the Royal Navy in the southern hemisphere and was a name recognised widely in world naval circles.
This development into a major naval port all began in the Simon's Town West Dockyard where the Dutch VOC had built the first storehouses to support ships taking shelter in the bay. This is the story of the development of that Dockyard, the main base of the Royal Navy until the completion of the new East Dockyard in 1910.
This book tells the fascinating story of that first naval dockyard in South Africa.