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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #30 on: December 30, 2011, 09:21:11 »
For display at the 1929 Navy Week ratings from HMS Pembroke constructed a scaled-down replica of HMS Kent a third-rate ship-of-the-line which had originally launched at Deptford in 1762:



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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2011, 08:57:47 »
Many thanks for the very interesting information, and welcome to the forum :)
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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2011, 03:52:38 »
Some belated information. Chatham Navy Days was revived 29-31 May 1999.  My company was contracted by the Historic Dockyard to create/organise all the water based aspects and aerial displays.    There were considerable logistical problems arising from the fact that Chatham had not been a naval base since 1984 and many of the essential facilities had long since disappeared, but nonethless we assembled 11 warships from 7 different navies, plus the world's largest tallship (the Russian 'Sedov') and 4 hours of displays each day on the water and in the air.  Over 130,000 visitors attended and it was a great success.  There were hiccups - the Argentinian navy offered to send a warship as a 'gesture of reconciliation' that created much furore, prompted by a former mayor who had served in the Royal Navy during the Falklands campaign .  We felt it prudent not to accept the Argentinian offer....but we did have two ships from the German Navy!  The Historic Dockyard repeated the event in the subsequent three years, but sadly they were but a shadow of 1999 (my company wasn't involved with them!) and the event was discontinued.    It's interesting to note that Navy Days were held annually at Portsmouth until 1999, when they attracted only 50,000 visitors.  Meanwhile that year the first 'International Festival of the Sea' (IFOS) maritime event with heritage vessels. tallships etc, at Bristol attracted nearly million visitors.  In 2003 the navy hosted IFOS at Portsmouth which, combined with elements of 'Navy' Days secured nearly 1 million visitors.  Repeated in 2005, and further enhanced by the Nelson bicentenary, they achieved over 1 million visitors, with another 500m watching on TV worldwide!
 

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2011, 15:09:54 »
A nice PC commemorating the 1928 Navy Week:



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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2011, 09:23:14 »
I've noticed that they changed from August Bank Holiday week pre-war to March or May post-war. Seems hardly worth while organising everything just for a couple of days. I believe the 1939 Navy Week was all laid-on, with ships in the dockyard, etc, when it was cancelled.
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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2011, 18:53:16 »
Here's 1980:





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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2011, 21:11:22 »
Great scans of those brochures, Cliveh.  Thanks for posting.
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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2011, 18:39:30 »
Here's another couple of programmes:

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2011, 16:24:02 »
 
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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 Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2011, 10:14:15 »
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 Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2011, 09:08:02 »
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 Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2011, 08:41:00 »


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 Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2011, 23:40:28 »
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 Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2011, 22:47:59 »
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 Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2011, 20:55:35 »
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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