EMAS TOUR OF THE ROYAL HISTORIC DOCKYARD
Saturday, 21st March 2015
On Saturday, 21st March, Dr Chris Ware will lead a tour around the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Greenwich University and he was formerly at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Some of you remember the splendid tour he gave us there a couple of years ago.
Before its closure in 1984, the Royal Naval Dockyard on the River Medway was responsible for the construction of some of our most famous sailing ships such as HMS Victory, which EMAS has previously visited at Portsmouth. The dockyard covered some 400 acres and has shipbuilding records going back to 1646. The far eastern part of the dockyard is still a commercial port, but a very significant part of the old dockyard has been restored and opened up as a “museum” to commemorate the period when sailing ships ruled the waves.