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Visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard
Date: 13th April 13
Location: Dock Road, Chatham, Kent
Contact: Martin Fletcher LRPS
Phone: 01908 582423
Group: Archaeology and Heritage
Chatham Historic Dockyard is truly a unique place, offering a variety of photographic opportunities. Ships were prepared for battle in the Spanish Armada here, the Dutch launched a celebrated attack up the river Medway to try and destroy it in the 17th century, and in the 20th century, submarines were built here. Closed by the Royal Navy in 1984, the site is a rare survival of a dockyard from the age of sail.
Naval vessels include destroyer HMS Cavalier and submarine HMS Ocelot, berthed in two huge dry docks, and both can be toured. A range of distinctive and historic buildings includes warehouses, a ropeworks (where rope is still made today), and several impressive covered slipways with impressive roofs. where ships were once constructed. Exhibits contained within include the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection.
There are also impressive museums and displays devoted to the dockyard's role and the age of sail.
Please meet by the car park outside the main visitor entrance at 1030.
Although there is no formal programme, we usually arrange to meet up for refreshments during the day, and there is a range of catering on site. There is sufficient of interest to occupy a full day if desired.