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30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer & Marker image, Touch for more information
By Michael Herrick, May 5, 2018
30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer & Marker
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — 30 CWT ‘Cochrane’ Steam Hammer
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 . . . — Map (db m118396) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Brunel Saw Mill Canal Lock, 1812-14
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 . . . — Map (db m118486) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Coat of Arms of George III
The Coat of Arms of George III erected 1811 Restored in 1994 In commemoration of Chatham Dockyard's role in the support of Operation Overlord the Allied Invasion of Europe This Plaque was unveiled by Councillor Mrs Ann Marsh Mayor of . . . — Map (db m118369) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — First World War 100th Anniversary
First World War 100th Anniversary To commemorate the loss of three Chatham Division Cruisers His Majesty’s Ships Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy and 1,459 men on 22nd September 1914 as a result of enemy action in the North Sea Unveiled by His . . . — Map (db m118419) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — H.M.S. Victory
On this Site In the Old Single Dock H.M.S.”Victory” Was Laid Down on 23rd August 1759 and Launched on the 7th May 1765 + + + She was Almost Entirely Rebuilt in Chatham Yard during the Years 1800 to 1803 and On 30th July . . . — Map (db m118438) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — HM Submarine Ocelot, 1962
HM Submarine Ocelot, 1962 Launched in 1962 Ocelot was the last warship to be built at the Dockyard for the Royal Navy. It is preserved to commemorate the Dockyard's 20th century role as a builder of submarines. Between 1907 and 1966 . . . — Map (db m118413) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — HMS Cavalier, 1944
HMS Cavalier, 1944 National Destroyer Memorial National Historic Fleet HMS Cavalier is preserved as a memorial to the 142 Royal Navy destroyers sunk during the Second World War with the loss of over 11,000 lives. Cavalier . . . — Map (db m118418) HM WM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — HMS Gannet, 1878
HMS Gannet, 1878 National Historic Fleet Built on the River Medway at Sheerness Dockyard in 1878Gannet demonstrates the introduction of iron and steam to warship construction. Her composite construction hull is built with teak . . . — Map (db m118411) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Mast Houses & Mould Loft
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 . . . — Map (db m118394) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — No. 1 Machine Shop 1861; Armour Plate Shop 1865
No. 1 Machine Shop 1861; Armour Plate Shop 1865 Grade II* Listed Buildings The decision to build HMS Achilles at the Dockyard in 1861 led to the requirement for new buildings to be able to house the machine tools required to work . . . — Map (db m118440) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — No. 1 Smithery, 1808
No.1 Smithery, 1808 Scheduled Ancient Monument In 1805 the Dockyard Officers petitioned the Navy Board for a new Smithery at Chatham to replace an earlier and smaller 18th century Smiths' Shop as a result of the "great introduction of iron . . . — Map (db m118480) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — No. 2 Dry Dock, 1856
No.2 Dry Dock, 1856 Scheduled Ancient Monument This was the site of the Old Single Dock where HMS Victory was built and launched in 1765. As ship building changed from wood to iron and the size of vessels increased, there was . . . — Map (db m118479) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — No. 3 Covered Slip, 1838
No.3 Covered Slip, 1838 Scheduled Ancient Monument During the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15) the Navy Board set about minimising the impact of dry rot on ships under construction by erecting covers over all the slips and docks used for . . . — Map (db m118410) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — No. 3 Dry Dock, 1820; No. 4 Dry Dock, 1840
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 . . . — Map (db m118412) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — North Mast Pond, 1702
North Mast Pond, 1702 Scheduled Ancient Monument In the age of sail fir logs for mast-making were first seasoned by storing them under water in the mast ponds. This allowed the sap to die back without the resin drying out. The Dockyard had . . . — Map (db m118489) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Plate Bending Rolls, 1913
Plate-Bending Rolls, 1913 Hugh Smith & Co, Possil Works, Glasgow One of the largest machine tools ever used in Chatham Dockyard, this set of 42ft (12.8m) plate-bending rolls weighs 200 tons. It was installed in the yard's No. 5 machine . . . — Map (db m118483) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Propeller, RFA Reliant, c.1954
Propeller, RFA Reliant, c. 1954 Propeller from the 14,000 ton Royal Fleet Auxiliary Reliant. Originally built as the Somersby, a grain carrier, she was purchased by the Admiralty in 1957 and converted to become the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s first . . . — Map (db m118395) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Royal Marine Volunteer Cadets Memorial
In Everlasting Memory of 24 Royal Marine Volunteer Cadets Aged 9 - 13 Years Who Tragically Lost Their Lives In Dock Road On The 4th Day Of December 1951 Ever Remembered By Family, Friends And The Chatham Marine's Cadet Unit . . . — Map (db m118372) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — South Mast Pond, 1696
South Mast Pond, 1696 Scheduled Ancient Monument The grey gravel area marks the location of the South Mast Pond. First dug in 1696, it is now the Historic Dockyard's oldest surviving Scheduled Ancient Monument. It was filled in during the . . . — Map (db m118488) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Steam Hammer, 1955
Steam Hammer, 1955 R G Ross & Son, Glasgow Steam hammers played an important role in iron and steel shipbuilding. They were used as part of the forging process to hammer iron, heated in furnaces, into shape. They were located in workshops . . . — Map (db m118397) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — The Bell Mast
( plaque 1 ) The story of the Bell Mast begins in the 1850’s at Chatham. The plan shows Chatham Dockyard in 1864. Many of the buildings shown on the plan still exist today. the Lower Boat House, North Mast Pond and Covered Slips can be . . . — Map (db m118373) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — The Clocktower Building
The Clocktower Building, 1723 Scheduled Ancient Monument The oldest naval store-house to survive in any of the Royal Dockyards. The Clocktower Building was constructed at the head of the docks as a 'present use store' for materials and . . . — Map (db m118439) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — The Destroyer Memorial
1939 HMS Blanche · HMS Duchess · HMS Gipsy 1940 HMS Acasta · HMS Acheron · HMS Ardent · HMS Basilisk · HMS Brazen · HMS Cameron · HMS Codrington · HMS Daring · HMS Delight · HMS Escort · HMS Esk · HMS Exmouth · HMS Glowworm · HMS Grafton · HMS . . . — Map (db m118416) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — The Old Single Dock
This Stone Marks the Site of The Old Single Dock Constructed in 1623 And Replaced in 1858 By the Present No.2 Dock — Map (db m118437) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — The Victory Dock
The Victory Dock Named to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar 1805 and the construction of HMS Victory on this site 23 July 1759 – 7 May 1765 Vice Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE ADC Martin Second Sea . . . — Map (db m118436) HM WM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Timber Seasoning Sheds, 1774
Timber-Seasoning Sheds, 1774 Scheduled Ancient Monument In May 1771 the Earl of Sandwich and other Commissioners of the Admiralty Board visited Chatham and were shown how ships built with improperly seasoned timber had rotted away. Shortly . . . — Map (db m118484) HM
United Kingdom, England (Kent), Chatham — Victualling Inshore Craft (VIC) 56
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 . . . — Map (db m118414) HM

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