Chesapeake Mill, the old Hampshire mill built from the timbers of a US frigate

The extraordinary story of Chesapeake Mill on the River Meon at Fareham.

It was built using the timbers of the United States frigate Chesapeake, which was captured by the Royal Navy during the British-American War of 1812, which took place some years after the War of Independence and continued until 1815.

The mill is said to be the finest example in the UK of re-used ship timbers in an industrial building outside the confines of the Royal Dockyards. The mill was built in 1820 and only ceased commercial operation as a mill in 1976.

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  1. The remains of the Macedonian, a Royal Navy ship captured by the Americans during the same war ended up as a hotel in the Bronx, New York. The hotel burnt down in the 1920s, making the Chesapeake Mill in Fareham even more interesting. Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian by James T. De Kay (1995) is a very good read.

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