eaw037832 ENGLAND (1951).  Blue Town, Sheerness, 1951


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    Title [EAW037832] Blue Town, Sheerness, 1951
    Reference EAW037832
    Date 17 July 1951
    Place name SHEERNESS
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 591024,  175274
    Longitude / Latitude 0.74911532020769,  51.443702591175
    National Grid Reference TQ910753
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     Probably Hunt class escort destroyer HMS Garth (completed 1940, broken up 1958)

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    Tom Burnham
    Sunday 7th of May 2017 09:59:52 PM
     This is the Boat Store, from where un-issued pulling boats - launches, cutters, gigs, and whalers,["anything that will float"] were hastily withdrawn from May 27th to May 31st, 1940, dropped into the Basin to "take-up", and then stocked with oars and other gear, to be towed to Dunkirk, via Ramsgate, behind Steam Tugs - mostly from the Sun Fleet. At Dunkirk, these boats were used to ferry soldiers from the sands to larger ships forced to anchor almost a mile offshore due to the shallow water - rather like the Southend foreshore across the Estuary to the North of Sheerness.

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 10th of November 2015 12:17:52 PM
     Collection and sending-off of "Dunkirk little ships" to the beaches via Ramsgate, - was run from the then-unoccupied Admiralty House, by acting-Commodore Taylor and his small Staff, between 27-05-1940 and 04-06-1940. Admiralty House had the closest unused offices to the nearby basin, which latter was where the small craft were first-moored-up on arrival from their places of requisitioning.

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 10th of November 2015 10:14:11 AM
     little ships of Dunkirk were collected here, before being towed across to the Dunkirk beaches.

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 10th of November 2015 10:08:08 AM
     RN Submarine

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    ken
    Friday 24th of July 2015 08:13:04 PM
     Main Gate. Built 1821, now demolished.

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    senusret
    Friday 13th of March 2015 09:41:52 PM
     Archway Block. Built in 1830 to the design of Edward Holl.

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    senusret
    Friday 13th of March 2015 09:32:28 PM
     Admiralty House. Built 1827, demolished 1964.

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    senusret
    Friday 13th of March 2015 09:31:01 PM
    It is also worth mentioning that from May 27th to June 5th, 1940 - R/Adm. Taylor, [a/Commodore re-employed for the Duration],temporarily appointed Officer in Command, Small Vessels Pool,Sheerness, with a small staff of Commander Troup, and Lieut. Commander Holland-Martin plus a small office staff of temporarily assigned Clerks, - ran the local collection and then dispersal of the "little ships" requisitioned for use at Dunkirk from this building, which was unoccupied by any other Doockyard Department at the time. The little ships were temporarily moored in the nearby basin as they arrived from their "take-up points" - the Middle Camber, while Captain T.E. Docksey [the Fleet Engineer Officer] his small staff, and an ad-hoc group of engineers co-opted from the two Dockyards, worked to get the many different little marine engines reliable enough for the little ships to be sent to the Dunkirk beaches to act as ferries between the French sands and the bigger ships anchored a mile offshore [due to the shallow-shelving beach like at Southend across the River]. If for no other reason, considering the status of the Dunkirk evacuation and it's little ships in the national consciousness, that use of Admiralty House as S.V.P. Offices for those 9 days, ought to have ensured the protection of the building. Today, in 2015, It would be Grade I listed!

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 10th of November 2015 10:01:29 AM
     The Boat House. Building commenced in 1858 and was completed in 1860. Built to the design of Godfrey T. Greene, Admiralty Director of Works. The world's earliest multi-storey iron-framed building. Grade 1 listed. Now in dilapidated condition.

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    senusret
    Tuesday 10th of March 2015 09:36:50 PM
     Quadranglar Store. Building commenced in 1824 and was completed in 1829. Designed by Edward Holl, Surveyor of Buildings to the Admiralty. Despite its importance to the national heritage, it was demolished in 1978.

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    senusret
    Tuesday 10th of March 2015 09:29:30 PM
     Remains of Ravelin Battery.

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    senusret
    Friday 6th of March 2015 02:38:00 PM
     Blue Town Primary School

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    senusret
    Thursday 5th of March 2015 06:27:04 PM
     Possibly a WW2 landing craft

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    Kentishman
    Thursday 1st of January 2015 05:12:42 PM
    Quite definitely a Landing Craft of WW2 Design, though this one may have been built and launched after May 9th, 1945. This Type was designated an 'LTC' or 'Landing Craft Tank' - because it could carry a Grant, Lee, or Sherman Tank, as well as a number of Infantry.

    Messrs John I. Thornycroft built a number of these LTC's [as well as LCA's(Landing Craft Assault) and LCI's (landing Craft,Infantry)] at their Thames Boatyard, as well as at their Isle of Wight Yard, though the Cowes Yard tended to build the larger-size vessels for the War Effort. the LTC's were almost certainly the largest Landing craft built by the Thames Boatyard.

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 10th of November 2015 12:27:36 PM
     Paddle driven steam tug

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    Kentishman
    Thursday 1st of January 2015 05:09:11 PM
     New Palace of Varieties and Criterion Hotel (1902) Now in use as Music Hall and Cinema with Sheerness Heritage Centre in the building at the street end. Well worth a visit!

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    NCTaylor
    Wednesday 6th of August 2014 06:41:23 PM
     Railway station. It was built here during WW1 after the original was destroyed after an explosion on board a ship at the quay side.

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    John Wass
    Sunday 6th of July 2014 12:07:50 PM
    Sheerness railway station was opened in 1883, the station it partly replaced, in Blue Town, remained open to passengers until 1922. There was no explosion on board a ship at the quayside. Neither station was destroyed.

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    senusret
    Thursday 5th of March 2015 06:09:40 PM
    Perhaps John Wass is relating a corrupted "urban-folk-tale" arising from the collateral damage cause by either the nearby explosions of the battleship HMS Bulwark or of the minelayer HMS Princess Louise, during WW1? Blast damage was caused to many buildings in the area, including within and around the Dockyard.

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    bargee1937
    Tuesday 10th of November 2015 12:31:49 PM
     Coast Artillery Battery

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:05:29 AM

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    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:04:54 AM
     Coast Artillery Battery

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:04:09 AM
     Coast Artillery Searchlight

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:03:40 AM
     Machinegun emplacement e25044

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:03:00 AM
     Coast Artillery Battery

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:02:15 AM
     Coast Artillery Searchlight

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:01:49 AM
     Coast Artillery Battery.

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:00:28 AM
     Machinegun emplacement.

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    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:00:10 AM

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    User Comment Contributions

    Some detailed maps of Sheerness Dockyard 1951 have been posted @ http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17145.0. These will enable you to identify many of the buildings and docks.

    senusret
    Friday 6th of March 2015 02:36:07 PM
    Sheerness Batteries, Searchlights and MG emplacements.

    cptpies
    Thursday 8th of May 2014 11:07:06 AM