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Fire in Chatham Dockyard, February 1845
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 15:22:29 »

From the 'Geelong Advertiser and Squatters Advocate', 25 June 1845.

Fire in Chatham Dockyard, 11th February 1845.

A destructive fire broke out about two o'clock on Tuesday morning at Her Majesty's Dock-yard at Chatham. It originated in the carpenter's shop, which, with the school-rooms and other extensive ranges of buildings, were entirely consumed. Great apprehensions were for a considerable time entertained for the safety of several of the ships of war.
A ball given by the officers of the 11th Foot was at the time going on at Brompton Barracks, and some of the officers started for the scene of the conflagration, and by their exertions, aided by those of a large body of troops, the fire was got under by about six o'clock.


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