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The story of fighting ship HMS Namur, now under the floor of the at workshop at Chatham

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HMS Namur was a 90-gun Royal Navy ship of the line built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on the 3rd March 1756. The picture above by Richard Perret is from the Wikimedia Commons.

She fought under Nelson in the 1797 battle of Cape St Vincent and had a long life – she was placed on arbour service in 1807, and wasn’t finally broken up until 1833. But the striking thing is that here timbers were then placed under a workshop floor and were only discovered in 1995, and identified in 2003.

Her identification is the subject of a thesis by St Andrews University student Daniel Atkinson. Read it here: Shipbuilding and timber management in the Royal Dockyards 1750-1850 : an archaeological investigation of timber marks

FCT’s proposals for the regeneration of Faversham Creek Basin

FCT proposals for the regeneration of Faversham Basin

The beautiful illustration encapsulates Faversham Creek Trust’s proposals for the Creek Basin. I think it’s wonderful. Read all about it here.

However, it needs support – strong and visible support from the public, and also money, because it depends on a new swing bridge being put into place, and the FCT is appealing for money for the project.

And while I’m on this topic, two upcoming FCT talks at the Fleur de Lys Centre are on the gunpowder history of Faversham Creek (19th March) and the wildlife of the creek (24th April). See the trust’s weblog.

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