|HM Dockyard, Chatham|
|Controlled by||The Navy Board (until 1832); the Admiralty (1832–1964).|
|as Chatham Historic Dockyard|
|Military barracks and fortifications|
|Website||Chatham Historic Dockyard|
|Fate||Preserved as a maritime heritage visitor attraction|
|Events||Raid on the Medway, 1667|
Chatham Dockyard was a Royal Navy Dockyard located on the River Medway in Kent. It was established in Chatham in the mid-16th century. The dockyard was then expanded into neighbouring Gillingham. Chatham Dockyards and its Defences are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
For 414 years, 500 ships were made available for the Royal Navy because of Chatham Royal Dockyard. It was at the forefront of shipbuilding, industrial and architectural technology. At its height, it employed over 10,000 skilled artisans. It covered 400 acres (1.6 km2).
Chatham Dockyard was closed in 1984. The 84 acres (34 ha) Georgian dockyard is now managed as the Chatham Historic Dockyard. It is a visitor attraction by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.
Gallery[change | change source]
The Clocktower Building
Sail and Colour Loft
Timber Seasoning sheds
Masthouses and Mould Loft
Lower Boat House and North Mast Pond
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- The Annual Biography and Obituary for the Year. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. 1835.
- Guidebook. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. 2010.
- Beaston, Robert (1788). A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol. I. G.G.J. and J. Robinson.
- Beaston, Robert (1806). A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol. I. Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme.
- Brayley, Edward Wedlake; Britton, John (1808). The Beauties of England and Wales, Or, Delineations, Topographical, Historical and Descriptive of each County. Vernor, Mood and Sharpe.
- Eastland, Jonathan; Ballantyne, Iain (2011). HMS Victory – First Rate 1765. Barnsley: Vernor, Mood and Sharpe. ISBN 978-1-84832-094-9.
- MacDonald, Janet (2010). The British Navy's Victualling Board, 1793-1815: Management Competence and Incompetence. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-1843835530.
- Marshall, John (1824). Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs of the Services of All the Flag-officers. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green. p. 48. ISBN 9780665375859.
Commissioner of Chatham Dockyard.
- Perrin, William Gordon (1918). The autobiography of Phineas Pett. Naval Records Society.
- Saunders, A. D. (1985). Upnor Castle: Kent. English Heritage. ISBN 978-1-85074-039-1.
- Sephton, James (2011). Sovereign of the Seas: The Seventeenth Century Warship. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1445601687.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Official website
- The Historic Dockyard Trust Archived 2010-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
- A Geometrical Plan, & North West Elevation of His Majesty’s Dock-Yard, at Chatham, with ye Village of Brompton Adjacent, dated 1755