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Here is a picture and some text about the docks at Sheerness.

If you want to see pictures of the dockyard buildings and the town, use "Sheerness" as your keyword when you use the search feature.

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I was looking through the January 1835 USJ and found this bit:

"The victualling-store of the yard, which is placed in a most convenient situation for facilitating the supply of ships, has undergone repairs and alterations. A tank to hold 800 tons of water, has been formed of the cellars under this establishment, and syphons carried to it for filling the tank vessel, by which means a large fleet could be completely watered in a very short space of time."

Does anyone know if this underground tank still exists? I did a quick Google search and couldn't find anything.

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Irrelevant but interesting tidbit:

The wall around Sheerness dockyard has the UK's only wild colony of scorpions living in it.

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Foxe wrote:
The wall around Sheerness dockyard has the UK's only wild colony of scorpions living in it.

How odd! :D

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Foxe wrote:
Irrelevant but interesting tidbit:

The wall around Sheerness dockyard has the UK's only wild colony of scorpions living in it.


Any particular reason why only here? Like the Gibraltar "Apes?"

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.....The Times August 29, 1817:

" .... the improvements of the Dock-yard at Sheerness are rapidly proceeding. An excavation of some hundred feet in length, and proportionally deep, is nearly accomplished for the formation of new dock. Nearly 1,000 convicts are employed on the works, which, it is supposed will occupy several years in completing. ...."

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From The Times, February 4, 1829:

" ...... it is currently reported in Chatham Dockyard, and throughout the towns, that Government intends to make great alterations in Chatham and Sheerness yards - that Sheerness is henceforth to become the principal yard - that all new ships are to be built there, and Chatham is to be a repairing yard - and that a great part of the shipwrights now at Chatham are to be moved to Sheerness - Kent and Essex Mercury ....."




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From The Times of December 23, 1817:

" ...... The improvements in the Dock-yard at Sheerness, and the new works carrying on there, are proceeding very rapidly. Several houses in High-street have been pulled down for enlargement, and the whole will sustain an elevation of 8 or 10 feet above the level it formerly had. An excavation, some hundred feet in length and breadth, has been made for a new dock, the earth from which is to assist in the formation of the new surface ......"



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The Times, July 18th, 1804:

" .... Yesterday se'nnight an alarming fire broke out in his Majesty's Dock-yard at Sheerness, but was happily extinguished without any serious damage. The flames were first discovered to proceed from the smith's forge, and continued to burn very furiously for near half an hour, when they were got under by the spirited exertions of the military and inhabitants of the place. Commissioner Grey and Admiral Rowley were among the most active to extinguish the fire, being the first who were there, and the last who left it. ...

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