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Website Update: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006

Posted by HelenEdith on October 3, 2009

Upper Mast House, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Upper Mast House, Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Yes, the heading on this post does say 2006! It has taken me this long to get these pictures online. They date from a visit Stephen and I paid to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham which coincided with a Heritage Open Day. We got a free additional tour of parts of the site which aren’t normally open to the public – but we had to pay the normal entrance fee, and were also free to visit the rest of the site, which we did – apart from Upper Mast House, which is at the top of this post. There is an audio-visual display in there which describes the history of shipbuilding. I’ve seen it before, but Stephen hasn’t, so we must get back one day and “do” that part of the site. 🙂

The index to the pictures I took during our visit is here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Index. The pictures are laid out over six pages, which cover the special Heritage tour, the Ropemaking tour, one page each for the three vessels on display – the sailing ship HMS Gannet, the warship HMS Cavalier and the submarine HMS Ocelot; and one miscellaneous page for everything else! 🙂

Here’s a taster of what you can see:

Margate Lifeboat

Margate Lifeboat

Along with Upper Mast House, this and another lifeboat picture, you can also see some images of the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, a helicopter; and all sorts of other things here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Miscellaneous

Rope Loft

Rope Loft

I liked the rope loft, which Stan, our heritage guide showed us. You can see Stan, and some of the other places he took us here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Heritage Tour

Ropemaking

Ropemaking

Apart from taking a couple of pictures of the ropemaking machines, I spent most of my time on the ropemaking tour taking portraits of the waxwork figures which illustrated the work carried out in this part of the Dockyard in times past. You can see these pictures here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Ropemaking Tour

Ships wheel, HMS Gannet

Ships wheel, HMS Gannet

HMS Gannet is a beautiful sailing ship with some lovely features, including a gannet as a figurehead. However, the area below deck was largely empty, so she wasn’t as interesting to tour as the other two ships. I suspect that the empty space is because HMS Gannet can be hired for functions, and the people have to go somewhere! I hope that as there isn’t quantity on this page that at least there’s quality… 😀 Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Sailing ship HMS Gannet

Rum ration, HMS Cavalier

Rum ration, HMS Cavalier

HMS Cavalier is very sleek. I thought about putting the sleek picture here, but decided to go with the rum ration instead. 😀 You can see the sleek picture, plus various pictures on board here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Warship HMS Cavalier

Diesel electric power plant, HM Submarine Ocelot

Diesel electric power plant, HM Submarine Ocelot

HMS Ocelot was interesting to tour. Due to the cramped conditions, the tours were guided, but there was enough time to have a good look around – and having a guide meant that what I was seeing was being explained. I seem to have steered clear of putting external ship pictures in this preview, and for HMS Ocelot, I have decided to show her large diesel engines, although I could equally have decided to show her cramped conditions on board. You can see it all here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Submarine HMS Ocelot

I’ll just restate that the index to the pictures I took during our visit is here: Chatham Dockyard Pictures – September 10th, 2006 – Index. This index will lead you to all of the areas I’ve described.

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