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Offline HERB COLLECTOR

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Re: Ships sunk at Sheerness dockyard 1680-1783
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 23:15:11 »
The method of using the hulks as accommodation and to enlarge the dockyard can be seen in the 1773-74 model of Sheerness dockyard. scale 1/480.
http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/68107.html
The fork of the road, midway along the lower edge, is appropriately where the bend in the dockyard wall now is.
As you go up the dockyard the timber store and mast pond is on the left, with the enclosed graveyard on the right.
At the top of the timber store is the dockyard gate.
To the left can be seen the hulks and the method used to enlarge the dockyard, also seen are the gangways that allowed them to be used as accommodation.
Above these is the ordnance wharf marked with a compass rose.
The Squirrel can be seen in the Little dock, while the frames of a ship being built or rebuilt can be seen on the launching slip.
To the left can be seen the Fort and its defences.

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Re: Ships sunk at Sheerness dockyard 1680-1783
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2009, 08:57:14 »
So many ships and to think they are all still there somewhere and I should think pretty well preserved being so wet and muddy. I can think of a lot of nice things to dig out of those old ships..I bet there are a whole host of interseting jugs mugs and bottles down there. Those lovely old black glass shaft and globe type wines and maybe even the old stoneware bellarmine containers.All to go in the local museum of course :)

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Ships sunk at Sheerness dockyard 1680-1783
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 00:38:31 »
Ships sunk at Sheerness as either breakwaters(B) or foundations.
To enlarge the dockyard old worn out ships were sunk close to the foreshore. The area between and around them being gradually filled with mud, rubble etc. Would be an interesting place to dig!
At the same time the dockyard workers and their familys were allowed to live on them rent free as long as they were in dockyard employment. This continuing until 1802. www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2456.0
Basic list from "Sheerness Dockyard, a Brief History" by P Macdougall, with details mainly from Wikipedia.
date sunk
  James 1      First hulks sunk.
  1665           Hulks Happy Entrance and St Maria, a prize ship, used as accommodation and workshops.
 c1697           Robert.   Fireship
       "             Amity.         "
        "            George.       "
  1681  F        Rainbow.   Launched 1586. Fought during the Spanish Armada and in all 3 Anglo-Dutch wars of the 17th  century.
  1689  F        Sampson.  fireship.
  1690  B        Stathouse Van Harlem, 46 guns, captured from Dutch.
  1690  F        Elizabeth and Sarah.   Fireship.
  1692  F        Nathaniel.                     "
  1692  F        Pelican Prize. 8 gun Fireship captured from France, 1690.
  1694  F        Eagle.  22 guns, previously HMS Selby, Fireship from 1674.
  1694  F        Arms of Horn.
  1694  F        Alphin.
  1695  F        Sheerness. 2 gun 18 ton smack. launched 1673.
  1696  F        Tiger Prize. Algerian vessel captured in 1678.
  1696  F        Machine Prize. captured from?
  1697  B        St George. 42 guns, 56 guns from 1660. launched Deptford 1622.
  1697  F        Pearl. 24 guns. launched 1651.
  1697  F        Seahorse. 10 gun Fireship purchased from the Dutch in 1694. Later used as water boat.
  1699  F        Leopard. 44 guns, 4th rate, Ruby class Frigate. 54 guns from 1677.
  1706  B        Nottingham Prize. French 4 gun ship captured 1704.
  1709  B        Vulcan.  Fireship.
  1712  F        Medway Prize. captured from? 48 guns.
  1725  F        Bedford Galley.
  1737  F        Sunderland. 60 gun 4th rate, launched 1694.
  1742  B        Anglesea. 5th rate, launched 1725.
  1742  B        Eleanor.
  1743  B        Roebuck. 42 gun 5th rate, launched 1704.
                      www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=BHC1796&picture=1#content
  1745  B        Assistance. 40 gun 4th rate, launched 1650, 48 guns from 1677.
  1749  B        Chatham, 48 guns, launched, Chatham, 1691, raised and broken up in 1762.
  1751  B        York. 60 gun 4th rate, launched 1706.
  1756  B        Strafford. 60 gun 4th rate, launched 1735.
                      www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=BHC0355
  1757  B        Dragon. 60 gun 4th rate, launched 1736.
  1762  B        Russell, 80 gun 3rd rate, launched 1692.
                      www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/explore/object.cfm?ID=BHC0371
  1756  B        Lennox. 70 gun 3rd rate, launched 1678.
                      www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/displayRepro.cfm?reproID=PT2427#content.
  1771  B        St Florentin. 60 guns, French, captured 1759.
  1773  B        Nottingham. 60 gun 4th rate, launched 1703. Took part in taking of Gibralter 1704.
                      Also saw action in 1705 and 1711. Rebuilt and relaunched at Sheerness, 1745.
  1773  B        Druid.  10 gun slop, launched 1761.
  1774  B        Montagu. 60 guns, built Sheerness, launched 1757.
  1774  B        Edgar. 60 gun 4th rate, launched 1758.
  1783  B        Orford.  70 gun 3rd rate, launched 1749.
 Between them, the Nottingham, Montagu, Edgar and Orford, housed 186 families with 350 children in 1801.

 

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