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Offline The Sheppey Kingmaker

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Re: Swimming in the Royal Navy
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 21:41:39 »
The Swimming Baths at Sheerness Dockyard was built in 1938, I found this in the Navy Estimates 1938.

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Re: Swimming in the Royal Navy
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 11:08:43 »
Hi Herbivore.

'tongue in cheek'  Can one presume that a swimming pool was built in the dockyard between 1909 and 1951. :)

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Swimming in the Royal Navy
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 21:47:42 »
As the outcome of the disaster to the ill fated Victoria, when so many men perished, considerable attention is now being devoted to the swimming instruction of the newly entered second-class stokers, who are sent to Sheerness Royal Naval Barracks for three months training before being drafted to ships of war. Parties of men are dispatched daily to the local swimming bath for instruction, and the authorities have recommended the construction of a swimming bath in the dockyard near the barracks, if land can be spared for the purpose. Failing that, it is suggested that the Admiralty acquire the local swimming bath solely for the instruction of seamen, stokers, and Royal Marines stationed at Sheerness.

From the Australian Town and Country Journal 22 September 1894.

A swimming pool appears on a 1951 map of Sheerness Dockyard, but not on a 1909 map.

 

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