The Historic Dockyard Chatham

I recently spent the day at the Chatham historic dockyard, Kent, UK. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in maritime history.

80 acres in size, it has over 100 buildings and structures – the majority of which were constructed between 1704 and 1855. Today it is the most complete Dockyard of the Age of Sail in the world. 

By the mid-18th Century the Royal Yards had developed into the largest industrial organisations in the world with complex facilities supporting thousands of skilled workers in a wide number of trades. Indeed it was the level of the facilities and skills provided in the Royal Dockyard’s, particularly at Chatham that underpinned the Royal Navy’s success at sea – from victory in battle; through the epic voyages of discovery made by Cook, Darwin  and others.

Did you know that the HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, was built at Chatham dockyard?

Above is a short slide show to give you a taste of what is on show.

Official website HERE

Have you been? Did you enjoy it?



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4 Responses to “The Historic Dockyard Chatham”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

  2. arwen1968 Says:

    2 for 1 sounds good, I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    The recently added new gallery and café at Chatham makes it worth re-visiting. Southeastern railway is doing a 2 for 1 offer, google it. Tickets are valid for a year’s worth of re-visits.

  4. arwen1968 Says:

    I love Chatham, it’s nice to find somebody else who also does! :) Some nice images in your video (I particularly liked the second shot of the ropery and the one of HMS Ocelot – but then the submarine is my favourite exhibit there). I really need to go back there – last time was about 3 years ago, and every summer we say we’ll go back and then it somehow doesn’t happen! (Just like going to Portsmouth!)

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