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Offline Bilgerat

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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2017, 09:04:04 »
I would imagine it's long-gone and was a victim of the orgy of vandalism and destruction which followed after closure, during the demolition phase. It wouldn't be hard to recreate though, all you would need is a suitably sized horn and compressed air supply to make it work. It's a safe bet that the actual hooter or horn originally came from a ship and may have been steam-powered.
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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2017, 20:25:26 »
Bilgerat, thanks for that, I assume that the hooter mechanism is no longer in existence in that case?
Everyone else thanks for your input to my  question.
Bern

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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2017, 19:57:09 »
The hooter replaced a system of bell signals

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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2017, 13:42:36 »
Please excuse my ignorance, where was the Factory? Does it still exist?
Bern

The Factory was a very large building located next to what is now the Shopping Centre. It was similar in appearance but bigger.

You can still hear the siren on special events in the summer.

That siren is not related to the Dockyard Hooter, which I remember hearing a few times a day as a kid growing up in Lower Gillingham. The siren is actually an air-raid siren and is located on top of the cab of the crane at the head of No.2 Dry Dock where HMS Cavalier is now.
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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 01:30:13 »
Ref. the yard hooter. It also had other uses than a time signal, we of the health physics department understood that a code existed whereby certain states of alert could be notified during a nuclear alert, such as a reactor core meltdown or release of fissile airborne contamination. As a lowly health physics monitor I was not privy to the code but local police and fire brigades  had copies so, no matter where they had been deployed to, in or around the yard, the state of play ref. the incident could be broadcast to those who held a copy of the code.

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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2017, 22:11:50 »
I think the hooter was originally mounted on the roof of the Factory?

The Chatham dockyard was where most locals worked years ago and that was where the hooter was and the dockyard is still there but now the workers are long gone and its now called The Historic dockyard and instead of serving the ships it has other uses .
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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2017, 17:37:30 »
You can still hear the siren on special events in the summer.
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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 12:48:27 »
Please excuse my ignorance, where was the Factory? Does it still exist?
Bern

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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 09:40:24 »
I think the hooter was originally mounted on the roof of the Factory?

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Re: Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 20:56:39 »
Gosh! I had forgotten all about that, it was part of everyday life for us as my grandfather worked in the dockyard for many years until he retired . He used to bring home indelible lead pencils and make me wonderful skipping ropes from the leftovers at the ropery and many other little treats for myself and my brother.
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Dockyard Hooter
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2017, 17:49:08 »
The Dockyard Hooter was a constant feature of life for many people who lived in the Medway Towns until the Dockyard closed.
Does anyone know where the  hooter itself was/is today?
Wouldn`t it be a wonderful sound on special occasions?
Bern

 

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