Founded in 1570, Chatham Dockyard quickly became one of the most important naval yards for the repair and building of warships, maintaining a pre-eminent position for the next 400 years. Located on the River Medway, in all, the yard was responsible for the construction of over 500 warships, these ranging from simple naval pinnaces through to first-rates that fought at Trafalgar, and concluding with the hunter-killer submarines of the nuclear age. In this talk by local and maritime author Philip MacDougall, particular attention is given to the final two hundred years of the yard's history, the artisans and labourers who worked there and the changing methods used in the construction of some of the finest warships to enter naval service.
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Philip MacDougall is a much published local historian who has written a number of books on subjects relating to the south of England with books published on Chichester, the Medway Towns and Portsmouth. His more specialised interest is naval dockyards and among his most recent books are detailed studies of the former royal dockyards of Portsmouth and Chatham.
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