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Chatham in Kent County, England, United Kingdom
 

No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840

 
 
No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
1. No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840 Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840
Scheduled Ancient Monuments

The dry docks were used for both shipbuilding and ship repair. During the age of sail the Navy Board built more dry docks than any other country. Originally they were built of timber and needed frequent repair and re-building.

No. 3 dry dock, now home to HM Submarine Ocelot, was the first of Chatham's dry docks to be built in stone. It was designed by the civil engineer John Rennie (1761 1821), along with the South Dock Pumping Station. No.4 dry dock, where HMS Gannet is now berthed, was constructed in 1840 and enlarged in 1908 to accommodate larger ships.

Both dry docks were built in the same manner with floor and sides of granite blocks supported underground by an inverted brick arch.
 
Location. 51° 23.727′ N, 0° 31.646′ 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.
HM Submarine Ocelot in No. 3 Dry Dock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
2. HM Submarine Ocelot in No. 3 Dry Dock
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. HM Submarine Ocelot, 1962 (here, next to this marker); HMS Gannet, 1878 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Destroyer Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First World War 100th Anniversary (within shouting distance of this marker); HMS Cavalier, 1944 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Victory Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Single Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); H.M.S. Victory (within shouting distance of this marker). 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. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
HM Submarine Ocelot in No. 3 Dry Dock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
3. HM Submarine Ocelot in No. 3 Dry Dock
 
 
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, 3. submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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