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Chatham Dockyard 1774

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Collection Ship models, Dockyards, buildings, and topography
User collections Curator's pick: George III's ship models by jgraves
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: King George III
VesselsBarfleur (1768)
Publication(s)The National Maritime Museum - The Collections
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Ship models : their purpose and development from 1650 to the present : illustrated from the ship model collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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Object ID SLR2151
Description Scale: 1:480. A realistically painted model of Chatham Dockyard as it appeared in 1774, made entirely in wood with metal and organic material fittings. A section of the River Medway is shown depicted in blue/green paint with dark grey foreshore. All the principal buildings of the dockyard are shown as well as other features. The model shows the long slender layout of the dockyard and its perimeter wall and gatehouse. The ground has been depicted in stippled paint. The principal buildings shown are the storehouses, rope walk, Commissioner's House and garden, officers' terrace, sail and mould lofts, and watch towers. Along the shore perimeter of the dockyard there are six cranes, an anchor wharf, six slipways, and four dry docks. Both mast ponds are shown with masts being seasoned and both covered with single sheets of mica. Two ships in frame are shown and a large completed ship with five launching flags is depicted, a fourth ship is depicted with its keel, stem and stern posts and first futtocks. The model shows numerous neat piles of timber. A scale rule and compass rose made in ivory have been applied to the model. On rule is 'A Scale of 40 Feet to an Inch'. On compass rose is 'His Majesty s Dock Yard Chatham contains 68 acres 2 road 31 feet'. At either end of the model there are two ornate gilded lifting handles.
Date made 1772-1774

Artist/Maker Monk, John
Phillips, William
Place made Chatham Dockyard, Sheerness, Kent
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials brass; coal; iron; ivory; paint; paper; varnish; wood
Measurements Overall model, case and display table: 1079 x 2737 x 836 mm
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