Visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard

Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
Places were filled for the HROA Winter Programme tour of the historic naval dockyard in Kent. You need to book early to get a place!!
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
Former HROA Commodore and President Norman Robson tries the attack periscope on HMS Ocelot, the last diesel submarine to be built here for the Royal Navy in 1961, commissioned into service in 1964, retired with honours in 1991.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The youngest member of the HROA tour just can't resist ringing the ships bell on HMS Cavalier, the RN destroyer knows as 'The Greyhound of the Seas' for her speed, built in Cowes in 1944.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The guide begins his tour of the dockyard in original dress complete with top hat and cane...
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The tour of the dockyard begins outside the Masthouse, one of the oldest original buildings on the site, parts of which date back to the 17th century.
Visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard
Guides at the ropery were dressed in 'vintage costume', as they spun the secrets of the longest building ever built for the Royal Naval dockyards.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
HMS Cavalier, know as the 'Greyhound of the Seas' for her fast turn of speed, 32 knots at full power, built in Cowes and launched in 1944. retired after a distinguished naval; career in 1972, and now the only WW2 era RN destroyer still in existence.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The moving memorial to the 11,000 sailors who lost their lives serving on destroyers during the last war. Destroyers suffered the heaviest losses of any other class of fighting ship during the conflict.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
Trying out the Victorian era machinery in the ropery, which is still used to spin rope to as long as 700 feet in the 1000 foot long building, the largest ever built for the Royal Navy.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
HMS Gannett, built in Sheerness just down river from Chatham and launched in 1878 is a Victorian gunboat that used both steam and sail, though she actually moved faster under sail! She has a screw that could be withdrawn into the hull to improve speed through the water under sail! The ultimate folding prop!
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The RNLI house their historic lifeboat collection here....
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The astonishingly beautiful Victorian wood constructed roof of the No 3 Slip...complete with over 400 windows.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The HROA tour stops outside the seventeenth century Admiral's House
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The dockyard leases buildings to local businesses and institutions including Kent University, but HROA members perhaps showed the most interest in this local firm, aptly named 'The Nelson Brewery'.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Visit
The dockyard is used for a quite a film film locations, and this door beside the ropery buildings was actually made from fibre glass especially for the TV series "Call The Midwife'...to give the impression of a block of tenements in East London...