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Chatham in Kent County, England, United Kingdom
 

Mast Houses & Mould Loft

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. Mast Houses & Mould Loft Marker
Inscription.
Mast Houses & Mould Loft
Scheduled Ancient Monument, Grade 1 Listed Building

Skilled mast-makers, working in these Mast Houses, made timber masts and spars for the sail-powered warsips of the age of sail. They were made from fir logs that had been seasond underwater in the Dockyard’s mast ponds.

Above the Mast Houses is a large Mould Loft, a full-size drawing board used at the start of the shipbuilding process. Here the most skilled shipwrights converted small scale ships’ plans drawn on paper into actual size lines scribed into the floor tha showed them the outside shape of the hull.

HMS Victory’s lines were almost certainly laid down in this building and her masts and spars made here too.
 
Location. 51° 23.799′ N, 0° 31.782′ E. Marker is in Chatham, England, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Western Avenue and Main Gate Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Historic Dockyard Chatham. Marker is in this post office area: Chatham, England ME4 4TZ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Mast Pond, 1702 (a few steps from this marker); South Mast Pond, 1696 (a few steps from this marker); Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14
Mast Houses & Mould Loft image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. Mast Houses & Mould Loft
(a few steps from this marker); No. 1 Smithery, 1808 (within shouting distance of this marker); Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 (within shouting distance of this marker); Propeller, RFA Reliant, c.1954 (within shouting distance of this marker); Plate Bending Rolls, 1913 (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Hammer, 1955 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Chatham Dockyard Historical Society. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Chatham Dockyard on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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