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Latitude: 51.395 / 51°23'41"N
Longitude: 0.5265 / 0°31'35"E
OS Eastings: 575863
OS Northings: 169245
OS Grid: TQ758692
Mapcode National: GBR PPP.FY1
Mapcode Global: VHJLV.26PF
Plus Code: 9F329GVG+XJ
Entry Name: Number 2 Dry Dock
Listing Date: 13 August 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1378633
English Heritage Legacy ID: 476587
Location: River, Medway, ME4
Electoral Ward/Division: River
Built-Up Area: Chatham
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Church of England Parish: Gillingham St Mark
Church of England Diocese: Rochester
Tagged with: Architectural structure
TQ 76 NE CHATHAM MAIN GATE ROAD
No.2 Dry Dock
Dry dock. 1858-60. Granite and concrete. Stepped sides in two sections, with haulage slides; sides of entrance curved to accept former gates, now closed by a C20 steel caisson. A concrete platform extends along the N side for a travelling crane, built 1861 for fitting armour plating to Achilles.
HISTORY: originally excavated in 1623 as a single dock. Nelson's Victory was built in the remodelled C 18 slip; lengthened 1855-6 for the building of HMS Mersey (the navy's longest-ever wooden warship) and rebuilt 1858-60 for the Achilles, floated out of this dock in December 1864 and the first of the Royal dockyards' iron battleships. No.1 Workbase (qv), which adjoins the dock, was built as a plate-bending workshop for the Achilles.
A good example of mid C19 dry dock technology, exemplifying significant developments in the design of C19 warships.
(Source: Evans D: Archive Research for English Heritage: 1996).
Listing NGR: TQ7586369245
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