vincent • Link
Historic dockyard [snippets?]
"...The history of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham can be traced back to the reign of Henry VIII, although many experts think its origins could be even earlier..."
Aqua • Link
A view of Chatham docks 1774 a model
Australian Susan • Link
Thanks for the model picture, Aqua. The pits for the mastst to be stored underwater in can be seen mid lefthand side. These can still be seen in real life at Chatham.
Gavin Lobo • Link
I was brought up in the Medway Towns, and went to school at : "Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester"
--this was set up with five thousand pounds bequeathed by Sir Joseph Williamson, who is mentioned in the diaries.
The school was to educate boys in maths, so they could then go on to do navigation, and be of use in the navy. (hence the conection to Chatham).
Also, Nelson's flagship was built in Chatham, HMS Victory.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.