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Old 02-07-2013, 16:32
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These may be somewhat before your Dad's time CE, but I hope that they are of some interest. Bert.
Did the building in #2 eventually become the Chiefs' Mess after they built a new Wardroom? If so it's where I spent the last day of the tot. Can't remember much of that as the mess managed to provide "splicers" (extra tot), therefore it was a good evening. I think I was down there to visit Berwick
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Old 02-07-2013, 16:34
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Almost forgot. That's where my mother spent a part of her wartime as the mess secretary. I posted a picture of her earlier in this thread with other wardroom staff
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Old 02-07-2013, 18:39
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I don't know about Vanguard but Belfast was certainly in Chatham
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:45
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Superb photo of the Bell, it's got everything. Bert.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:25
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I agree Bert. With all the families on the quayside it looks like she's just got back from a "foriegn".
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My sentiments exactly Bri, and a good few memories to boot. Bert.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:38
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I agree, a great photo. Looks like she is flying a paying off pennant too.

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I don't live in the UK, and I'm wondering whether to visit Chatham Historic Dockyard next time I'm over. My time is limited so any time I spend there is time when I can't be pursuing other interests.
I'm more interested in seeing original old buildings and docks and basins etc than in museums and events.
I understand that the Historic Dockyard is only about 1/5 of the area of the former RN base. Is there much to see in the area outside the Historic Dockyard?
Any opinions anybody?
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Bart on my first visit since 1964 (approx) on the Lynx will post pics over time
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Old 05-07-2013, 17:21
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Next few from July 2011
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Old 05-07-2013, 21:17
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Thanks, Crash.
A slightly different question. The present Historic Dockyard is only 1/5 of the old naval base. If I took a map of the whole old base would I be able to identify and survey the other 4/5? Perhaps even imagine where my father's destroyer tied up during WW2?
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:06
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Thanks, Crash.
A slightly different question. The present Historic Dockyard is only 1/5 of the old naval base. If I took a map of the whole old base would I be able to identify and survey the other 4/5? Perhaps even imagine where my father's destroyer tied up during WW2?
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Bart Contact the site and have a word with them, before you visit.
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Did the building in #2 eventually become the Chiefs' Mess after they built a new Wardroom? If so it's where I spent the last day of the tot. Can't remember much of that as the mess managed to provide "splicers" (extra tot), therefore it was a good evening. I think I was down there to visit Berwick
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I can't see the photo you mean Steve But in 1972 the chiefs mess was a few yards up the road on the left hand side as you walked through the main gate. I lived there for a few weeks while waiting for a flight to oz to join Hydra. I was employed as chief of the main gate until the day I missed a van with Irish number plates enter the Barracks.
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Old 06-07-2013, 16:43
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Next few, was down there for a mini reunion HMS Victorious
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Old 06-07-2013, 17:58
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Re post #58, 4th photograph ... (that building almost obscuring the crane jib)

At first glance I thought - Blimey has the RN Dockyard Chatham procured a new exhibit for the museum!! ... is it really the 'integrated deckhouse' (superstructure) of an early DDG1000 Zumwalt Class

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I can't see the photo you mean Steve But in 1972 the chiefs mess was a few yards up the road on the left hand side as you walked through the main gate. I lived there for a few weeks while waiting for a flight to oz to join Hydra. I was employed as chief of the main gate until the day I missed a van with Irish number plates enter the Barracks.
It's the second photograph in Post 49, and from your description I think that's the one. I remember. On the landing of the main staircase was a large silver model of KGV's funeral gun carriage, which I was told had to stay there as they forgot to make provision for it in the new wardroom. This was in 1970.
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Old 08-07-2013, 20:09
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Below is a picture of Chats dated '06 courtesy of Google. Bert.
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Just the other day , there was a program on tv about submarines , the very first "holland" type.

During a reunion i was with at the time , i took some photo,s in the sheds , and at the side of one ,there was this huge piece of metal , loafing in the back of one of the sheds.

Do,s any body know any thing about craft ?? or has it been removed .due to lack of attention

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Old 09-07-2013, 17:19
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The photo in post #68 shows the midget submarine XE-8, on loan from the Imperial War Museum. She was sunk as a target in 1952, and recovered from the seabed in 1973.
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Old 10-07-2013, 17:57
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Old 10-07-2013, 20:41
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Thanks, Crash.
A slightly different question. The present Historic Dockyard is only 1/5 of the old naval base. If I took a map of the whole old base would I be able to identify and survey the other 4/5? Perhaps even imagine where my father's destroyer tied up during WW2?
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No3 basin is a commercial port and a no go area. But No's 1 & 2 basins are open as is a large part of St Mary's island, where there are now lots of houses. Basically the eastern side of the victorian dockyard is not open to the public. All of the drydocks are still there , but not functional.
The Historic dockyard is a pay for entry museum. With three drydocks which have HMS Cavalier, destroyer, HMS Ocelot, submarine and HMS Gannet an 18th century warship.
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:44
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Thanks, Chatham Dockie.
I think I will go and have a look around, but not necessarily in the immediate future.
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The D/Y is a good visit Bart, a whole day out. I just wish that Cavalier had her machinery spaces open.
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Thanks, Chatham Dockie.
I think I will go and have a look around, but not necessarily in the immediate future.
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The 21st and 22nd September looks like a good weekend to visit, with a ton of things going on - http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Events/...etothe40s.html
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For those who have not visited the dockyard - it is a good day out (if weather holds out), Gannet is now up and running and the Ocelot is okay if you like that sort of thing, Cavalier getting better (if only she wasn't light green). Managed to get down to more spaces than normal during my last visit courtsey of the "Friends of HMS Cavalier" and got some good photos of the ammo store for A & B gun, the stern accommodation is now set up for cadets and school visits of which there are many but the sick bay now sorted and believe it or not the thing they are short of is Pee Bottles!

The security guards at Pembroke dont mind old matelot wandering around the various blocks but the entrance to the old communications centre and various other tunnels are well blocked off now and the guards have a hissy fit if you try and get photos lol and the same goes if you peer thru windows during uni lectures (Sir, there seems to be a numpty taking photos thru the window and smiling!)

The old Naval church is now only open at certain times and at requests but most of the plaques have been moved on.

The guard houses in the dockyard and Pembroke still there but both used by security

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