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Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
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Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56
Small wartime naval stores and munitions steamship

Supplying the Royal Navy, which had over nine thousand ships during the Second World War, was a huge challenge. By 1945, most were at anchor or moored to buoys. To supplement the requisitioned barges that served this role, ninety-eight VIC vessels were built using small shipyards. They had steam engines because of wartime shortages. They served in the UK and overseas — Malta, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Chatham, Sheerness, Rosyth, Plymouth and Portsmouth.

VIC 56 was built in 1945 by James Pollock and Sons, Faversham. It worked mainly at Rosyth and is the last steamship built in Kent that is still in operation. Today it is operated by volunteers.

For more information see www.vic56.co.uk
 
Location. 51° 23.725′ N, 0° 31.548′ 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. HMS Gannet, 1878 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Destroyer Memorial
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By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
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(about 90 meters away); First World War 100th Anniversary (about 120 meters away); No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840 (about 120 meters away); HM Submarine Ocelot, 1962 (about 120 meters away); HMS Cavalier, 1944 (about 120 meters away); The Victory Dock (about 120 meters away); The Old Single Dock (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
 
Also see . . .
1. VIC 56 1945 Steam Ship. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Chatham Dockyard Historical Society. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
4. Chatham Dockyard on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
3. Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56
Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
4. Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56
 
 
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 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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