Chatham Dockyards

We take a drive to Chatham one day to see the dockyards and experience the deep history that this place held for England and for the Royal Navy.

This place is incredible. We visit dry docks and tour the Ocelot submarine, the Cavalier which saw action in the Arctic at the end of WWII, and HMS Gannet which served as a school ship for young boys after being retired. We visit the covered slips which are enormous structures, fantastic in their architectural beauty.

We visit the Ropery where in 2018, rope will have been being made for 400 years. Wow.  Then off to the Smithery and various galleries and the mould loft where the actual pattern for HMS Victory was laid…Admiral Lord Nelsons ship began here.

The guides and staff are so knowledgeable and engaging, making the already enjoyable experience even better. We quickly lose track of 6 hours in this place and I’m exhausted. A must see for ship lovers. 

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