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Drydocks are short canals that allow for easy repairs to a colony's navy. The most important feature of the drydock is that once a ship is properly positioned within the dock, the water can be drained, allowing craftsmen to easily access the hull of the ship without first having to learn how to breathe water. While there is debate as to when the idea for the first drydock arose, the world's earliest working drydock was built by King Henry VIII in 1495. And while advances in technology would continue to improve the drydock over the next several hundred years, the concept remains unchanged since its colonial-era inception.