Chatham Historic Dockyard

World Power to Resurgence

By Sir Neil Cossons (editor)

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Nowhere in the world is it possible to see such an intact naval dockyard for the building and maintenance of the ships of the sailing navy as at Chatham.

This is a story of the creation of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and its history, from Elizabethan origins to fleet base and shipbuilding yard, considering the challenges once the yard closed in the 1980s and how Chatham’s dockyard was saved for the nation and managed for nearly forty years.


  • Preface: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Patron of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
  • Foreword: Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE DL, Chairman of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
  • The Chatham endeavour: Neil Cossons
  • ‘The chief arsenal of the Royal Navy and of Great Britain’ - Chatham, the Royal Navy and the wider world: Andrew Lambert
  • ‘The most complete dockyard of the age of sail’: Jonathan Coad
  • The challenge of the future: Paul Hudson
  • Preservation through reuse: Paul Jardine
  • Policy into practice: Richard Holdsworth
  • List of contributors

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Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 144
  • ISBN: 9781800859494


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