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The Historic Dockyard at Chatham lies on the banks of the
River Medway and was home to the Royal Navy, founded by Henry VIII, for over
300 years. Chatham was the birthplace of many of Britain's finest sailing ships
that helped build the British Empire, including Nelson's flagship at the Battle
of Trafalgar HMS Victory.
The dockyard covers about 80 acres and was in
use as a Royal Dockyard from 1613 to 1984, and today forms the most complete
dockyard for the Age of Sail surviving in the World.
exhibitions and conducted tours of which there are many, obviously concentrate
on our past glories when we were major sea power, but these do extend to the
recent past of World War II.
The main exhibits are summarised below and
by the accompanying photographs.
Chatham's Historic Dockyard should provide an entertaining day
out for all the family.
- The Wooden Walls exhibition follows William Crockwell in 1758
on his first day as a dockyard apprentice.
- The Historic Warships include a destroyer, a submarine and a
Victorian sailing sloop, all of which can be toured by visitors.
- The Ropery a unique 1/4 mile long building where craftsmen
display traditional rope making techniques.
- Museum of the Royal Dockyard Covering some 23,000 sq feet, it
tells the fascinating history of the Royal Dockyard.
- The Lifeboat Gallery housing the National collection of
- Many smaller exhibits and historic buildings, too numerous to
list individually in this summary.