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30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer

 
 
30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. 30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer Marker
Inscription.
30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer
Andrew Barclay Sons & Co Ltd, Kilmarnock

Anchors were made by a process known as forging. Iron bars, heated in a furnace, were joined together and hammered into shape by anchor smiths. No.1 Smithery's first hammers were hand-powered. Steam hammers, first developed during the 1840's, were quickly introduced at Chatham, enabling larger anchors and other metal items to be forged in the Smithery.

This single-pedestal hammer was installed during the 1950's and used for light forging. During the 20th century, most of the Dockyard's machine tools were painted light green.
 
Location. 51° 23.765′ N, 0° 31.722′ 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. 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. Propeller, RFA Reliant, c.1954 (a few steps from this marker); No. 1 Smithery, 1808 (within shouting distance of this marker); Plate Bending Rolls, 1913 (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Hammer, 1955
30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. 30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer & Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774 (within shouting distance of this marker); No. 3 Covered Slip, 1838 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mast Houses & Mould Loft (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840 (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 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.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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