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The Ship Beneath the Floor: Chatham Historic Dockyard

Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)

The Ship Beneath the Floor: Chatham Historic Dockyard

Lecture by Dan Atkinson.

The discovery of a suite of dislocated ship timbers and ship planking discovered in 1995 beneath the floor in the Wheelwright’s Shop at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham represents a rare archaeological find.

The 169 ship timbers represent a variety of well-preserved ship components used to support the floor of the Wheelwright’s, the details of which were surveyed and recorded during initial investigations in 1997. Since then the significance of the discovery has become increasingly apparent and highlights timbers consistent with a British ship of the line dating to a period between the mid-18th and early-19th century. Historical research has subsequently identified the likely ship from which the timbers have come to HMS Namur, a ship built at Chatham and which
enjoyed a distinguished service career and battle honours – equal to that of HMS Victory. Recent investigations undertaken as part of the HLF funded ‘Command of the Oceans’ Project at Chatham have revealed yet further insights into the ship timbers and the purported connection with HMS Namur.

Dr Dan Atkinson has worked on the project since the discovery of the ship timbers in 1997 and will present the findings of the archaeological investigations.

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