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Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14

 
 
Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14 Marker
Inscription.  
Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14
Scheduled Ancient Monument

During the Napoleonic Wars the Dockyard needed ever larger supplies of timber for shipbuilding and repair. To satisfy this increased demand the Navy built one of Britain’s first steam powered timber saw mills here.

Designed by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, an important Georgian engineer and father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the new Saw Mill was connected to the South Mast Pond by canal. The canal was used to transport logs through a tunnel to the Saw Mill. The canal joined the South Mast Pond at this entrance lock – rediscovered by archaeologists in 2008 and re-excavated in 2014.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 51° 23.806′ N, 0° 31.798′ E. Marker is in Chatham, England, in Kent. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Western Avenue and Main Gate Road, on the left when traveling north. Located in Historic Dockyard Chatham. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chatham, England ME4 4TZ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock & Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. South Mast Pond, 1696 (here, next to this marker); North Mast Pond, 1702 (here, next to this marker); Mast Houses & Mould Loft (a few steps from this marker); Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); No. 1 Smithery, 1808 (about 90 meters away); Propeller, RFA Reliant, c.1954 (about 90 meters away); Plate Bending Rolls, 1913 (about 90 meters away); Steam Hammer, 1955 (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Chatham Dockyard Historical Society. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Chatham Dockyard on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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Aug. 5, 2020