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Offline Leofwine

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Re: Chatham Dockyard
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 01:17:54 »
Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 05 May 1778
MONDAY'S POST, [by Express]
LONDON, May 3.
Extract of a letter from Chatham, April 22.
"DURING his Majesty's visitation here on Saturday, no person was admitted into the Dock-yard, except those belonging to it; the Artificers and Workmen were kept employed at dinner time, and ordered home at four o'clock in the afternoon. His Majesty was extremely affable to the people, which took so much with them, that there is not a man but would lay down his life in the Royal Cause. Brompton hill, at the back of the Dock-yard, was lined with thousands of spectators, as from hence they could see into the Yard, and had a sight of the King, whom they frequently saluted with loud huzzas. At the same place a battery was erected by Mr. Slew Saunders, of Brompton, which fired repeatedly in honour of his Majesty.
"On reviewing the works, the King said he thought there could not be a more pleasant spot in all Kent, nor a finer place for training up Soldiers. We hear that the lines are to be repaired immediately.
"When his Majesty was shewn the muskets, &c. in one of the storehouses, which the Shipwrights used in their exercise last war; he said, he had rather see them use their axes." 
Thursday orders were sent down to Portsmouth, for no Foreigner of any nation to be suffered to go into any of his Majesty's Docks; and the same orders were likewise sent to Chatham.
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Re: Chatham Dockyard
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2016, 18:44:29 »
Various articles about HMS Namur on the KHF,

As hinted by Dave Smith, some info about what happened to timber-built ships when they were broken up:

And finally, the ex-USS Chesapeake, captured by the Frindsbury-built HMS Shannon during the 1812 war against the Americans, was broken up and her timbers used to build a mill which still stands:
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Re: Chatham Dockyard
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2016, 07:11:35 »
Must be many timbers from old ships still about with no record as to where/what they came from, making beams for housing and pubs etc.

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 12:23:55 »
Some time ago I asked bilgerat , & he replied, what happened to " galleons" when they were struck off. Interesting article in Daily Tele' today re HMS Namur & her being "repurposed" in1833 after 47 years of service. Much of her timbers ( with a wow factor!) were discovered under the floor of the Millwrights shop & are now the centre of a new exhibition at Chatham Dockyard.


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