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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2011, 17:24:02 »
 
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From what I can make out from the programme for 1932 boat trips were laid on from the Bulls Nose to Sheerness to view HMS Valiant & HMS Renown. Presumably moored here as they were too large to enter the Chatham basins.

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As The Oracle is a 1933 vintage I think that it would be a little closer to 1938/39 that he attended...... Thanks anyway Cliveh S4
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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2011, 11:14:15 »
Did anyone else notice in the 'What to see' list above that the basin displays included 'torpedo and depth charge firing displays'?  :)
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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2011, 10:08:02 »
Reading this post reminded me that I have a couple of Royal Navy open days programmes. They are for 1969 and 1973 if anyone wants info from them please let me know. Inside the 73 copy is a loose sheet called 'Extra' and on the back page there are a few events happening at the base one of which is...Hunt the "radioactive" sources with a "nuclear" detector and win 5. I wonder how safe that was in 73? We used to come down from Plumstead South east London to Navy days when we were children with mum dad, nan and grandad it was a real treat for us coming all this way for the event.

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2011, 09:41:00 »


Sheerness also used to have 'Navy Days'
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From what I can make out from the programme for 1932 boat trips were laid on from the Bulls Nose to Sheerness to view HMS Valiant & HMS Renown. Presumably moored here as they were too large to enter the Chatham basins.

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2011, 00:40:28 »
This thread bought back a few memories  [not as many as I would like as the old memory is fading fast as the brain cells flicker out one by one].

I recall the submarine 'submerging' in the basin but still exposing most of the conning tower & being fired on, as well as the flypasts.
The 'surfacing' was spectacular as they blew the forward tanks first & the bows surged to the surface well before the after tanks were blown.

Sheerness also used to have 'Navy Days' but the only memories I have were sitting in an anti-aircraft gun [single-barrelled] & being able to rotate it & train the barrel, great fun for a little lad & I remember trying to aim at my father.
I recall diving demonstrations in a dockyard barge with a silver-painted hold & filled with clean water so that the crowds could watch the divers.
Also sticking in my memory were the steel roadways in the docks,  two 'tracks' of steel plating set into the ground, presumably to protect the road surface from tracked vehicles.

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2011, 23:47:59 »
Reading this thread brings back a distant memory of the flypasts that - in my memory at least - happened every year.  I grew up in Featherby Road and quite often the planes would go over en route to the Yard.

I have a photo somewhere of me at what must have been the last or last but one Navy Day - I hadn't realised that it was such a momentous one, at the time it seemed like they would go on forever. 

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2011, 21:55:35 »
Thanks Cliveh. The Attack on Zeebrugge display seems to have been permanent - I remember seeing it in either 1936 or 1937, the only relevant years we lived at Rochester.

I also remember a depth charge display in the basin; they were fired from a destroyer moored at the dockside, but were really big fireworks, of course. I think I also have recollections of a submarine being forced to the surface by them and then being sunk by 'gunfire' from the destroyer, shell hits on the sub being fireworks thrown by someone who came out onto the conning tower - I say I 'think' I remember because I'm not sure if the basin would be deep enough for the sub to submerge.
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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2011, 21:44:37 »
I remember the Navy Days quite well in the early 1970's. We never attended but The Oracle had a Liberty ship steel lifeboat hull that he had put a steam engine and boiler in. We used to thunder down toward the Arethusa from our mooring near Sun Pier then return and go up and under the Rochester Bridge before mooring up. On at least one occasion we had a salute from several Warships along the Dockyard and were, on one occasion, 'escorted' by a picket boat. I seem to remember a at least two occasions there was a Harrier or two mooching around, one definatly hovered over the river, it did the twisty-turny bit of the display then a deep bow before leaving. I fell in love with the Harrier on that occasion, yes I cried when they were withdrawn last year, they were the best multi-purpose aircraft EVER invented (Brits again). Seeing all of the ships 'dressed' for the occasion was a spectacular sight, as was their coming and going. Happy days....... S4.
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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2011, 21:28:42 »
Here you go peterchall - "What to See":



The whole programme consists of 70 pages!!

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2011, 21:21:22 »
Would it be possible to copy some pages, or give an outline of what events there were, please?
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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2011, 20:31:56 »
Programme for 'Chatham Navy Week' 30th July - 6th August 1932:



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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2011, 02:13:32 »
Pretty sure I remember a low level hover dsplay by a Sea Harrier at Navy days cant remember the year though.

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2011, 15:26:17 »
I can remember a big row there in the 1960s/70s when the russian Naval attache  spent the weekend there looking at the ships, having slipped his "tail"

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2011, 14:34:11 »
Great memories of 'Navy Days' in the 50s. Hawker Sea Hawks  and Fairy Gannets flying low overhead while the ships anti aircraft guns opened up. A submarine 'diving' in the basin (at least up to its conning tower) The final event provided by the Royal Marines band with Sunset.
 Looking over 'Cavalier' recently brought those memories back.
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I remember the sea harrier hovering over no1 basin,then fly off over frindsbury turn and do a high speed pass!
Those were the days....it'll never happen again,medway is so depressing now.

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Re: Chatham Navy Days
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2010, 15:44:20 »
Many thanks for that bromptonboy, it was certainly around 96/97 but perhaps it was some sort of open day i know it was in the dockyard cos i remember us all visiting the submarine, it was the one and only time i have ever actually entered the dockyard even though i spent the first 33 yrs of my life living near it ! i have the date right because my twins were still in a buggy, anyway, i will dig around and see what i can uncover, many thanks again and watch this space..............xx

 

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