News: Gypsy tart originated from the Isle of Sheppey
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Author Topic: Northfleet Royal Dockyard  (Read 7884 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline HERB COLLECTOR

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1523
  • Appreciation 238
Re: Northfleet Royal Dockyard
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 15:15:42 »

Offline HERB COLLECTOR

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1523
  • Appreciation 238
Re: Northfleet Royal Dockyard
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2014, 17:14:04 »
The Abortive Plan for Northfleet Naval Dockyard During the Napoleonic Wars
20 page paper by Philip MacDougall
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 120 - 2000
Available online @ http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/120-2000/120-06 Plans for Northfleet Naval Dockyard.pdf
Includes some interesting information on Chatham and Sheerness dockyards, why a new dockyard was needed, how the problems at Chatham and Sheerness were overcome, drawings.

Offline stewyrey

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 134
  • Appreciation 8
Re: Northfleet Royal Dockyard
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011, 19:15:31 »
Going by a drawing I have seen, this area, Swanscombe marshes would have been
the location of the Royal Dockyard.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewyrey/6318980933/

  stewyrey

Offline HERB COLLECTOR

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1523
  • Appreciation 238
Re: Northfleet Royal Dockyard
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 22:24:26 »
"Perhaps the most startling of (John Rennies) observations concerned the dockyards of Woolwich and Deptford, both of which he recommended for closure.
Too far up river, they suffered from a lack of space and were constantly subjected to silting and so could not be used effectively,.......To replace the two yards, Rennie suggested the founding of a new dockyard at Northfleet, down river but still on the Kentish side of the Thames and not far from Gravesend. With the purchase of sufficient land, it would prove an ideal site for a dockyard, designed at the very outset for building, constructing and refitting the largest of the nation's warships.
included in the new Northfleet dockyard would be two large wet-docks, eight dry-docks and eight building docks.
"Ships will be launched immediately from these docks and slips into the great wet-dock, without communicating with the river, and all vessels in ordinary may be moored on its north side, where there will be room enough to moor 70 sail of the line; or, if fewer ships of the line, a proportionate number of frigates and smaller vessels, without impeding or interfering with the works carrying out on the south side."
In the event, the committee accepted the proposed scheme, recommending implementation in its entirety. The government went as far as acquiring the neccessary land but unfortunately the pressures and expense of the war made the scheme impracticable and the project was cancelled with the return of peace."
From "Royal Dockyards" by Philip MacDougall. Pages 134-136.

Offline HERB COLLECTOR

  • Established Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1523
  • Appreciation 238
Northfleet Royal Dockyard
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 21:01:42 »
"A vast new dockyard was proposed in 1805....A report was prepared in 1807.
Some 700-800 acres were to be bought and a wet dock, 4,000ft by 950ft was to be constructed with 8 building slipways and 6 dry docks.....cost 6,000,000......later the cost was raised to 10,000,000.
By this time Trafalalgar had been won and the scheme was dropped'.
Shipbuilders of the Thames and Medway, P Banbury.

 

BloQcs design by Bloc
SMF 2.0.11 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines