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John38

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Re: Sheerness Dockyard 1888
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 15:34:41 »
Possibly TSK, and thank you, but when I worked in there in 1953 and again in 1955 it was known as the 'Plate Shop'. It was indeed a Shipwrights workshop, and it was all about Machining so you might well be using the official title ... but that's not what us shipwrights called it :)

We removed the plates that needed replacing from the side of the ship (having painted instructions in white paint on them). The plate was taken to the Plate Shop where it was replicated. One of the machinists that  drilled and countersunk the rivet holes was Freddie Rolfe (spl?) who years later became the Chairman of the Sheppey Rural District Council (think that's what it was called).

The new plate would come back to us and we would bolt it back in place utilizing some of the rivet holes. Then the Riveters, caulkers and welders  took over. We then sealed the compartment, pressurised it and painted  the rivers and edges with liquid soap. Bubbling indicated the the watertight integrity of the compartment had been compromised.

As you can imagine ...the Plate Shop was a very busy place ,...lots of ships plates!

Thanks for the dates, Kyn!

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Re: Sheerness Dockyard 1888
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 21:37:49 »
Is this 'Plate Shop' the same as 'Shipwright's Machine Shop'? As I have a copy of the 1952 plan of the dockyard and it shows what was the 'Working Mast House' as 'The Shipwrights Machine Shop'.

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Re: Sheerness Dockyard 1888
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 20:13:40 »
Between 1908 and 1951, that's all I can tell you.  I am sure someone else will know though!

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Re: Sheerness Dockyard 1888
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 20:07:31 »
I'm wondering when the Mast House became the Plate Shop

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Sheerness Dockyard 1888
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 18:31:42 »
Surveyed 1858, corrected June 1876.

Superseded 20.4.88

Superintendents House built 1828
C-in-Cís 1830
Seamenís Wash House 1876















 

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