Chatham Royal Dockyard

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Chatham Royal Dockyard was one of the Royal Navy's major shipyards from Elizabethan times until its closure in 1984. It formed, with Sheerness Royal Dockyard, part of the Nore Command, on the Medway. With Portsmouth and Plymouth it was one of the navy's three Home Ports. In the twentieth century it became the navy's main submarine dockyard.

Superintendents

The Dockyard had a Captain Superintendent until Charles Fellowes was re-appointed as an Admiral Superintendent in 1876.

Dates of appointment given:

Deputies Superintendent

And Queen or King's Harbour Master.

Captains of Chatham Dockyard

Assistant Captains of Chatham Dockyard

King's Harbour Masters

Assistant King's Harbour Masters

Captains of the Chatham Dockyard Reserve

Also known as the Chatham Steam Reserve and Medway Dockyard Reserve.

Dates of appointment given:

Shipbuilding

Ship Type Launched Fate
H.M.S. Achilles frigate 23 Dec, 1863 Sold 26 Jan, 1923
H.M.S. Bellerophon central battery ironclad 26 May, 1865 Sold 1922
H.M.S. Hercules central battery ironclad 10 Feb, 1868 Sold 1932
H.M.S. Sultan central battery ironclad 31 May, 1870 Sold 1946
H.M.S. Scourge gunboat 25 Mar, 1871 Disposed of after 1930
H.M.S. Snake gunboat 25 Mar, 1871 Disposed of after 1907
H.M.S. Rupert ironclad ram 12 Mar, 1872 Sold 1907
H.M.S. Badger gunboat 13 Mar, 1872 Sold 6 Oct, 1908
H.M.S. Fidget gunboat 13 Mar, 1872 Hulked 1905
H.M.S. Ariel composite gunboat 11 Feb, 1873 Sold 1889
H.M.S. Zephyr composite gunboat 11 Feb, 1873 Sold 1889
H.M.S. Albatross composite screw sloop 24 Jul, 1873 Broken up 1889
H.M.S. Flying Fish composite screw sloop 27 Nov, 1873 Sold 1888
H.M.S. Alexandra central battery ironclad 7 Apr, 1875 Sold 1908
H.M.S. Superb central battery ironclad 9 May, 1876 Sold 1921
H.M.S. Euryalus corvette 31 Jan, 1877 Sold 1897
H.M.S. Garnet corvette 30 Jun, 1877 Sold 1904
H.M.S. Cormorant composite screw sloop 12 Sep, 1877 Broken up 1949
H.M.S. Agamemnon turret ship 17 Sep, 1879 Broken up 1903
H.M.S. Doterel composite screw sloop 2 Mar, 1880 Sunk 1881
H.M.S. Constance corvette 9 Jun, 1880 Sold 1899
H.M.S. Polyphemus torpedo ram 15 Jun, 1881 Broken up 1903
H.M.S. Conqueror second class battleship 8 Sep, 1881 Sold 1907
H.M.S. Calypso third class protected cruiser 7 Jun, 1883 Sold 1922
H.M.S. Warspite armoured cruiser 29 Jan, 1884 Sold 4 Apr, 1905
H.M.S. Rodney second class battleship 8 Oct, 1884 Sold 11 May, 1909
H.M.S. Mersey second class protected cruiser 31 Mar, 1885
H.M.S. Severn second class protected cruiser 29 Sep, 1885
H.M.S. Hero second class battleship 27 Oct, 1885 Sunk 18 Feb, 1908
H.M.S. Rattlesnake torpedo gunboat 11 Sep, 1886 Sold 1910
H.M.S. Immortalité armoured cruiser 7 Jul, 1887 1 Jan, 1907
H.M.S. Medea second class protected cruiser 9 Jun, 1888 Sold 1914
H.M.S. Medusa second class protected cruiser 11 Aug, 1888 Sold 1920
H.M.S. Sheldrake torpedo gunboat 30 Mar, 1889 Sold 9 Jul, 1907
H.M.S. Skipjack torpedo gunboat 30 Apr, 1889 Sold 23 Apr, 1920
H.M.S. Salamander torpedo gunboat 31 May, 1889 Sold 15 May, 1906
H.M.S. Seagull torpedo gunboat 31 May, 1889 Collision 30 Sep, 1918
H.M.S. Blake first class protected cruiser 23 Nov, 1889 Sold 9 Jun, 1922
H.M.S. Andromache second class protected cruiser 14 Aug, 1890 1920
H.M.S. Apollo second class protected cruiser 10 Feb, 1891 1920
H.M.S. Hawke first class protected cruiser 11 Mar, 1891 Torpedoed 15 Oct, 1914
H.M.S. Hood pre-dreadnought 30 Jul, 1891 Sunk 3 Nov, 1914
H.M.S. Barfleur second class battleship 10 Aug, 1892 Sold 12 Jul, 1910
H.M.S. Dryad torpedo gunboat 22 Nov, 1893 Sold 24 Sep, 1920
H.M.S. Forte second class protected cruiser 9 Dec, 1893 Sold 2 Apr, 1914
H.M.S. Magnificent pre-dreadnought 19 Dec, 1894 Sold 9 May, 1921
H.M.S. Minerva second class protected cruiser 23 Sep, 1895 Sold 5 Oct, 1920
H.M.S. Victorious pre-dreadnought 19 Oct, 1895 Sold 19 Dec, 1922
H.M.S. Illustrious pre-dreadnought 17 Sep, 1896 Sold 18 Jun, 1920
H.M.S. Vindictive second class protected cruiser 9 Dec, 1897 Blockship 10 May, 1918
H.M.S. Goliath pre-dreadnought 23 Mar, 1898 Torpedoed 15 May, 1915
H.M.S. Irresistible pre-dreadnought 15 Dec, 1898 Mined 18 Mar, 1915
H.M.S. Pioneer third class protected cruiser 28 Jun, 1899 Sold 1924
H.M.S. Venerable pre-dreadnought 2 Nov, 1899 Sold 4 Jun, 1920
H.M.S. Albemarle pre-dreadnought 5 Mar, 1901 Sold 19 Nov, 1919
H.M.S. Prince of Wales pre-dreadnought 25 Mar, 1902 Sold 12 Apr, 1920
H.M.S. Challenger second class protected cruiser 27 May, 1902 31 May, 1920
H.M.S. Devonshire armoured cruiser 30 Apr, 1904 Sold 9 May, 1921
H.M.S. Africa pre-dreadnought 20 May, 1905 Sold 30 Jun, 1920
H.M.S. Shannon armoured cruiser 20 Sep, 1906 Sold 12 Dec, 1922
H.M.S. C 17 submarine 13 Aug, 1908 Sold Nov, 1919
H.M.S. C 18 submarine 10 Oct, 1908 Sold May, 1921
H.M.S. C 19 submarine 20 Mar, 1909 Sold Feb, 1920
H.M.S. C 20 submarine 27 Nov, 1909 Sold May, 1921
H.M.S. C 33 submarine 10 May, 1910 Lost 4 Aug, 1915
H.M.S. C 34 submarine 8 Jun, 1910 Torpedoed 21 Jul, 1917
H.M.S. D 7 submarine 14 Jan, 1911 Sold Dec, 1921
H.M.S. D 8 submarine 23 Sep, 1911 Sold Dec, 1921
H.M.S. Chatham light cruiser 19 Nov, 1911 Sold 13 Jul, 1926
H.M.S. E 1 submarine 9 Nov, 1912 Scuttled 8 Apr, 1918
H.M.S. E 2 submarine 23 Nov, 1912 Sold 1921
H.M.S. Lowestoft light cruiser 23 Apr, 1913 Sold 8 Jan, 1931
H.M.S. E 7 submarine 2 Oct, 1913 Lost 8 Apr, 1918
H.M.S. Arethusa light cruiser 25 Oct, 1913 Mined 11 Feb, 1916
H.M.S. E 12 submarine 5 Sep, 1914 Sold Mar, 1921
H.M.S. E 13 submarine 22 Sep, 1914 Sold Dec, 1921
H.M.S. Calliope light cruiser 17 Dec, 1914 Sold 28 Aug, 1931
H.M.S. Conquest light cruiser 20 Jan, 1915 Sold 29 Aug, 1930
H.M.S. F 1 submarine 31 Mar, 1915 Broken up 1920
H.M.S. G 1 submarine 14 Aug, 1915 Sold Feb, 1920
H.M.S. Constance light cruiser 12 Sep, 1915 Sold Jan, 1936
H.M.S. G 4 submarine 23 Oct, 1915 Sold Jun, 1928
H.M.S. G 5 submarine 23 Nov, 1915 Sold Oct, 1922
H.M.S. G 2 submarine 23 Dec, 1915 Sold Feb, 1920
H.M.S. G 3 submarine 22 Jan, 1916 Sold Nov, 1921
H.M.S. Zubian destroyer 7 Jun, 1917 Sold 9 Dec, 1919
H.M.S. Hawkins cruiser 1 Oct, 1917 Sold 26 Aug, 1947
H.M.S. R 1 submarine 25 Apr, 1918 Sold Jan, 1923
H.M.S. R 2 submarine 25 Apr, 1918 Sold Feb, 1923
H.M.S. R 3 submarine 8 Jun, 1918 Sold Feb, 1923
H.M.S. R 4 submarine 8 Jun, 1918 Sold May, 1934
H.M.S. X1 submarine 16 Nov, 1923 Scrapped 1936
H.M.S. Kent heavy cruiser 16 Mar, 1926 Broken up 1948
H.M.S. Oberon submarine 24 Sep, 1926 Broken up 1945
H.M.S. Odin submarine 5 May, 1928 Sunk 13 Jun, 1940
H.M.S. Parthian submarine 22 Jun, 1929 Lost Aug, 1943
H.M.S. Rainbow submarine 14 May, 1930 Collision 4 Oct, 1940
H.M.S. Shoreham sloop 22 Nov, 1930 Sold 1946
H.M.S. Rochester sloop 16 Jul, 1931 Broken up 1951
H.M.S. Swordfish submarine 10 Nov, 1931 Mined 7 Nov, 1940
H.M.S. Sturgeon submarine 8 Jan, 1932 Broken up Jan, 1946
H.M.S. Seahorse submarine 15 Jan, 1932 Sunk 7 Jan, 1940
H.M.S. Dundee sloop 20 Sep, 1932 Torpedoed 15 Sep, 1940
H.M.S. Starfish submarine 13 Mar, 1933 Sunk 9 Jan, 1940
H.M.S. Arethusa light cruiser 6 Mar, 1934 Broken up 1950
H.M.S. Shark submarine 31 May, 1934 Sunk 6 Jul, 1940
H.M.S. Snapper submarine 25 Oct, 1934 Sunk Feb, 1941
H.M.S. Grampus minelaying submarine 25 Feb, 1936 Sunk 16 Jun, 1940
H.M.S. Sunfish submarine 30 Sep, 1936 Sunk 27 Jul, 1944
H.M.S. Sterlet submarine 22 Sep, 1937 Sunk 18 Apr, 1940
H.M.S. Seal minelaying submarine 27 Sep, 1938 Captured 5 May, 1940
H.M.S. Splendid submarine 13 Jan, 1942 Scuttled 21 Apr, 1943
H.M.S. Sportsman submarine 17 Apr, 1942 Lost 24 Sep, 1952
H.M.S. Shalimar submarine 22 Apr, 1943 Sold Jul, 1950

See Also

  • Wikipedia
  • Clowes, Sir Wm. Laird (1903). The Royal Navy: A History From the Earliest Times to the Death of Queen Victoria. Vol. VII. London: Sampson Low, Marston and Company Limited.
  • Plan of Dockyard at GWPDA.org

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